Curriculum Vitae

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Doctor of Philosophy in Physics - July 2015

  • University of Cincinnati
  • Advisor: Dr. Frank Pinski
  • Thesis: Rare Events and the Thermodynamic Action (12 MB)
  • Developed a novel algorithm which was used to sample double-ended transition paths.
  • Implemented the algorithm by writing and debugging a computer code to study problems in 1, 2 and 3 dimensions.
  • Exposed an underlying flaw present in previous studies.
  • Proposed an improved method based on the Metropolis algorithm.

Bachelor of Science in Physics - April 2008

  • Western Michigan University
  • Relevant Coursework: Undergraduate physics coursework with a strong background in mathematics including linear algebra, differential equations and numerical analysis.

Honors and Awards

  • American Association of Physics Teachers - Outstanding Learning Assistant Award - May 2015

  • Winner - University of Cincinnati Graduate Student Poster Forum - March 2015

  • Henry Laws Fellowship - Spring 2012

  • Henry Laws Fellowship - Summer 2011

  • Third Prize - University of Cincinnati Physics Department Poster Competition - February 2011

  • Hanna Fellowship - Summer 2010

  • Western Michigan University Undergraduate Creative Activities Award - March 2007

Publications and Presentations



Poster Presentations


University of Cincinnati Teaching Assistant - September 2008 - July 2015

  • Primary responsibility for teaching the physics laboratory course for freshmen majors which relied on the use of Mathematica. Edited existing lab materials and developed new experiments.

  • Team-taught a graduate seminar on computational science programming, including an introduction to Python, C, Bash and Mathematica: http://practical-scientific-computing.github.io

  • Gave a series of seminars to physics graduate students on Mathematica.

  • Taught physics laboratory courses for non-physics majors which included a wide range of topics drawn from mechanics, electromagnetism, and modern physics.

    • General Physics Lab Instructor, Academic Year 2014-2015.
    • Honors Physics Lab Instructor, Academic Year 2013-2014.
    • Mathematica Lectures for Graduate Electrodynamics, January 2012.
    • Honors Physics Lab Instructor, Academic Year 2011-2012.
    • Honors Physics Lab Instructor, Academic Year 2010-2011.
    • Senior Lab Instructor, Academic Year 2009-2010.
    • Intermediate Physics Lab Instructor, Academic Year 2009-2010.
    • General Physics Lab Instructor, Academic Year 2008-2009.

Consulting Engineering Group Assistant Designer - Summers of 2004 - 2007

  • Created production-ready drawings of pre-cast concrete components using AutoCAD, requiring detailed understanding of engineering specifications.

  • Closely collaborated with engineers and other designers on large scale projects with tight time constraints.