ESP Biography

ANDREW CHEN, MIT sophomore studying Physics

Major: Physics

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2015

Picture of Andrew Chen

Brief Biographical Sketch:

From Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, California: is Andrew Chen, a current freshman at MIT. Andrew has competed in the National Science Bowl from 2008-2011, placing 2nd, 1st, 2nd, and 1st in the nation, respectively. He enjoys science as much as the next guy, especially astronomy and physics. His plans after graduating are to work in genetic engineering or possibly medicine.
Outside of academics, Andrew spends his time reading "A Song of Fire and Ice", his physics book, or sheet music. His favorite activities are LARPing, sleeping, and eating. He wishes he could do math, juggle fireballs, and stop using 3-phrase parallel structure in his sentences. 'Till next time...

Past Classes

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S6978: The Art of Estimation in Spark! 2013 (Mar. 16, 2013)
Often in life, a good guess is all you need. But how do you make a good guess? In this class, we'll introduce orders of magnitude, Fermi questions, and dimensional analysis as techniques in the seemingly haphazard art of estimation.

S5841: A Conceptual Introduction to Einstein's Theory of Relativity in Spark! 2012 (Mar. 10, 2012)
Relativity can be "relatively" confusing, but it doesn't have to be! Come for a conceptual, low-math introduction to Einstein's finest ideas. Learn about spacetime diagrams, time dilation, gravitational redshifts, and much much more!

S4938: Stellar and Star System Evolution in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
From nebulous birth to cataclysmic death, come learn about the stars. Explore the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and the Main Sequence, predict when star will die, and learn how a star can form and harbor planets. Impress your friends with your new-found knowledge of astrophysics!

S5179: Science Bowl: How to Win in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
You're sitting on the edge of your seat, clammy hands gripping onto a buzzer. The moderator just said something, but what was it? And is it just me, or did everyone on the team forget to study Earth Science? For improving your game when it counts, this course will first discuss strategies of preparing and playing Science Bowl, followed by hands-on practice rounds. Taught by the captain of last year's national championship-winning team.