ESP Biography

JONATHAN PARAS, MIT student interested astro/materials science

Major: Course 3

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My name is Jonathan Paras. I come from a wonderful and vibrant part of West Philadelphia and I have a passion for Materials Science and Astronomy. I've enjoyed characterizing adhesives just as much as I've enjoyed studying the solar system with a homemade radio telescope. Everyone is naturally curious and one of the most wonderful things people can do for each other is feed this innate curiosity with the interesting things that they know.

Past Classes

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S9514: Introduction to Physical Science in HSSP Summer 2015 (Jul. 12, 2015)
Nuclear Fusion, plasmas, Magnetars, Pulsars, springs, strings, and other things. How do we understand this vast array of interesting topics. How do capacitors work? What are B, E, and H fields? Simple Harmonic Motion, nuclear fusion reactor designs from the 1970s, and an explanation of the stars. This course is designed to start with a lot of basic material at a higher level than the average high school student is used to. It is my hope that by he end we can discuss some of the coolest phenomena and physical systems where the students new found exposure can become the miracle of understanding.

S8956: From the Stars to the Universe: Astronomy Beyond Sol in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Have you ever thought about why Black Holes shrink, or where Supernovas come from, or why you have never seen a green star in the night sky? What really exists beyond the edge of our Solar System; are we alone? The Universe itself is 14 Billion years old and yet, we still don't know for sure how or even "if" it will come to an end. There are many things we can see but many more that we don't understand. Come and explore the biggest, hottest, strongest, and weirdest parts the Cosmos has to offer and dare to know.