Department/Affiliation: Office of Admissions
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Physics (major) & Philosophy (minor)
Independent Study Topic
Spacial Spread of Avalanches on a Conical Bead Pile: Confirming a universal theory of criticality. I have designed a system of pressure sensors to measure subtle shifts in the force chains supporting a conical pile of stainless steel beads. Beads are added one at a time to the apex of the pile, and a sufficient amount of beads are added, the pile becomes unstable, an avalanche occurs. This data could solve the final problem in a theory of criticality, which applies to many critical systems including; snow avalanches, earthquakes, the stock market, and the human brain.
Junior Independent Study Topic
Stochastic Resonance in a Hysteretic Circuit.
I conducted research last summer at Wooster as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant. My project was to design the data collection device that I will be using in my I.S. project.
Activities on Campus
Don't Throw Shoes (an improv comedy group), WOO91 (the College's radio station), and various self-assembled music groups
Favorite Wooster Tradition
Covers, which is a monthly concert put on my student bands and musical groups. Or as I like to describe it, just a fun time where anyone can be a star for one night.
Favorite Spot on Campus
There's a tiny patio at the top of the waterfall near Lowry Student Center that is a great place to kick back and relax on a sunny day.