Wes  Ryle, Ph. D.

Wes Ryle, Ph. D.

Wes Ryle, Ph. D.

 Wes  Ryle, Ph. D.

phone 859-344-3367
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place S221
today My first year at TMU was 2008

B.S. in Mathematics and Physics, Western Kentucky University (2003)

M.S. in Physics, Georgia State University (2006)

Ph.D. in Astronomy, Georgia State University (2008)

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

Dr. Ryle’s initial dissertation research focused on variability of active galactic nuclei (AGN). Currently, his research focuses on undergraduate research projects utilizing The Thomas More Observatory. These include studies of eclipsing binary systems in efforts to determine precise stellar parameters and exoplanet observations in support of larger NASA missions like Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope.

Courses Taught

PHY141/141L – General Physics I / Introduction to Measurement I

PHY142/142L – General Physics II / Introduction to Measurement II

PHY241/241L – General Physics III / Introduction to Measurement III

PHY242 – Modern Physics

PHY312 – Classical Mechanics

PHY315 – Thermal Physics

PHY317 – Astrophysics

PHY321/322 – Advanced Experimental Physics I/II

PHY491 – Advanced Research Projects in Physics

PHY498 – Senior Seminar

NSP225 – Solar System Astronomy

NSP225L – Astronomy Laboratory

NSP236/236L – Physical Science / Physical Science Laboratory

NSP238 – Stellar Astronomy

HON201 – Honors Seminar on the Cosmos


Public Outreach: Dr. Ryle is passionate about sharing his knowledge of astronomy with the community. In addition to a free public lecture series through the University (thomasmore.edu/observatory), he also regularly provides talks and activities for local schools, libraries, boy/girl scout troops, and other interested parties. Dr. Ryle also volunteers his time by given monthly presentations and tours at the Cincinnati Observatory Center (cincinnatiobservatory.org).


System Parameters for the Eclipsing B-star Binary BD+11o3569 (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2019AJ....158..118W/abstract)

System Parameters for the Eclipsing Binary Systems BD+11o3569 and HD 51082 (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2019AAS...23421101R/abstract)

Time Series Analysis of the Blazar OJ 287 (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013AAS...22221504G/abstract)

Celebrating Ten Years of Progress at The Bank of Kentucky Observatory of Thomas More College (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013AAS...22212007R/abstract)

Investigation of the Orbital Properties of Intermediate-Mass Eclipsing Binary Star Systems (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013AAS...22211508O/abstract)

Kepler Observations of the Seyfert 1 Galaxy II ZW 229.015 (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012ApJ...749...70C/abstract)

Employee Roles
Departments Positions Titles
Mathematics & Physics Faculty Professor
Thomas More Observatory Director Director Thomas More University Observatory

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