• High School

  • In 2014, I graduated from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California. My Physics teacher David Lapp inspired me to continue studying Physics in college - no matter how hard a given day of school was, I was always excited for Physics class.

  • Undergrad

  • The fall after graduating High School I moved to Colorado enrolled in the University of Denver. Between the endless activities available in the city and in the mountains, as well as the stellar professors of the Physics and Engineering departments, I can't imagine being happier anywhere else.

  • Degrees

  • BS Physics

    I've recently earned a BS in Physics from the University of Denver. The instructor of my introductory freshman course was Dr. Mark Siemens, a professor in the Physics department. He quickly recognized my enthusiasm about the subject, and he helped me develop a relationship with another professor who was actively seeking an undergraduate research assistant.

    Since winter of my freshman year, I've been working with Dr. Xin Fan on various magnetic thin film research projects. Together we've published a groundbreaking paper in our field, as well as a variety of supporting doccuments. I've devoted an entire page to summarizing the content of my work in his lab - my research achievements are the ones I'm most proud of at this university.

    In addition to the classic labs associated with the introductory freshman Physics sequence, I've had the opportunity to complete some genuinely remarkable experiments in my Modern and Intermediate Physics Labs:

    Modern Physics Lab focused on reproducing some of the most impressive physics achievements of the 20th century, such as J.J. Thompson's electron charge to mass ratio experiment, Thomas Young's double slit experiment, and the Millikan oil drop experiment. The instructor Peter Hallam (one of my favorite professors here at DU) emphasized lab notebook structure and thoroughness above all else during this course, and I've carried those skills into my own research notebook as well.

    The Intermediate Lab sequence focused more on marketable skills in the field of physics, such as LabVIEW programming and wiring simple circuits on an ELVIS protoboard. My favorite lab used the Fast Fourier Transform to convert the voltage signal from a microphone into a playable audio file. We also learned to interface with common lab devices, program PID controls, apply operational amplifiers, and build chaotic circuits, along with countless other skills on the breadboard and on the computer.

  • Minors

     Mechanical Engineering

    I befriended many engineering students in my introductory physics courses freshman year. Several of my close friends encouraged me to pursue a minor in Mechanical Engineering with my available time, and I'm overjoyed that I followed their advice. The Richie School of Engineering has a brand-new building (as of fall 2016), an amazing staff, and hundreds of thousands of dollars of resources available for student use. In addition to an excellent education in thermodynamics, materials science, fluid dynamics and heat transfer, I've taken a machine shop course focused on teaching engineers standard manufacturing practices.

  • Mathematics

    A minor in mathematics is necessary for the completion of the physics major here at DU. My favorite math course offered by the university was without a doubt Linear Algebra, as it provided a fundamental basis of understanding that has been applicable in every physics course I've taken since.

  • Economics

    Many of the statistical analysis skills required to participate in Physics research are central to the study of Economics. After making this discovery, the choice to pursue the minor seemed obvious. 

This portfolio last updated: 03-Nov-2018 10:45 AM