Megan Bruck Syal is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where she works with an interdisciplinary team of physicists and engineers on planetary defense problems. Specifically, she utilizes the Spheral adaptive SPH code (developed by J. Michael Owen, LLNL) to calculate asteroid response to deflection by both kinetic impactors and nuclear devices. Prior to joining LLNL, Megan completed her PhD and ScM in Geological Sciences and a ScM in Engineering at Brown University; her research involved high-speed instrumentation for impact experiments carried out at the NASA Ames Vertical Gun Range, paired with numerical simulations of planetary impacts. Megan continues to work on a range of planetary science problems, including impact vapor plume evolution and impact delivery of planetary materials. She received BA’s from Williams College in Astrophysics and Mathematics.