I grew up in Romania, where I pursued my degree in physics at the University of Iasi. In grad school, I started out in solid state physics before switching to general relativity. My advisor handed me something pamphlet-sized to get her up to speed on the field. That didn’t do it, so she tried Kip Thorne’s 1,200-page book instead. After running two professorships in Romania, I took a post-doc at the University of Pittsburgh, working on simulations of gravitational waves. I am currently teaching physics at Marshall University, and do research on black holes and gravitational waves. I solve Einstein’s equations of general relativity numerically and running supercomputer simulations to create templates for the signal that can be used by gravitational wave observatories.