Vicky Kalogera directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), and is the Daniel I. Linzer Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern. Kalogera is lead astrophysicist in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC); LIGO being the telescopes that first detected gravitational waves in 2015. An expert in the astrophysics of black holes, neutron stars and in LIGO data analysis, Kalogera has been a member of the LSC for more than 15 years. Kalogera’s research involves methods from applied mathematics, statistics and computer science, with extensive use of high-performance computing. Kalogera also studies the formation and evolution of stars and their remnants detectable as gamma-ray, X-ray, and radio pulsar sources in the electromagnetic spectrum in a wide range of stellar environments. She was recently awarded the 2018 Heineman Prize for Astrophysics by the American Institute for Physics and the American Astronomical Society and elected to the National Academy of Sciences.