ESP Biography


Major: Nuclear Science/Engineering

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Past Classes

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S12023: A Nuclear Education in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Did you know bananas are radioactive? Interested in this whole "E=mc^2" thing? Concerned about solving our global energy and climate crisis? Join our class and get a "nuclear" education!! We'll teach you a lot of what you don't know about nuclear science and energy, including, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, fission and fusion, other modules. In addition, we'll have geiger counters for you to test out, a fission reactor core demonstration, and (maybe?) a "Who's Got the Power?" board game.

M11033: Fermi Estimation in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Come act like a real scientist and practice the subtle art of making conclusions with little/no actual data! We'll go a bit into the idea of Fermi Estimation and back-of-the-envelope-calculations, then do some mild examples and then some (hopefully fun and challenging) examples.

S11123: Infinities in Physics: Divergent Summation and Regularization in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
We'll explore the appearance of infinities in physical calculations and how to interpret them, as clearly nothing we measure is *Actually Infinite*. So something must be wrong when we calculate answers and get infinitely large values! As a result physicists have developed a bunch of methods to deal with these infinities, and interpretations of how/why they arise. In this class we'll figure out why these infinities tend to pop up and why they don't influence anything we measure. Along the way we'll understand the often quoted result: $$1+2+3+4+5+....=-1/12$$ and how it relates to the Riemann Zeta Function and the distribution of prime numbers. We'll also explore the idea of non-integer dimensions and how we can use them to deal with infinite integrals.

B8714: Poetry Recitation - How to make this stuff sound good in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Poetry is fun When it's recited quite well It makes people smile Not all are haikus, But do come appreciate And maybe recite These wonderful creations That school might teach you to hate But please don't hate them.