Hello, and welcome to my website! My posts generally come in one of two flavors: discussing an article I find interesting or explaining a concept in science by providing some intuition. Below, you can find some information about me.


Recent Posts

December 10, 2017

With this post, I want to introduce the concept of a random walk and point out some their many real-world applications.

Say you find yourself at the corner of a street block and decide to randomly move north, south, east, or west. After moving one block, you find yourse...

December 3, 2017

With this post, I want to provide some intuition on the concept of entropy through analogy by Rubik’s cube. Broadly speaking, entropy is a powerful tool which relates the microscopic character of a system to its macroscopic observables in a compact and analytic fashion...

October 24, 2017

Out of context, Maxwell’s Demon evokes an image of a hounding remorse circling James Clerk Maxwell for some debauchery committed in his earlier years.  Alas, Maxwell’s Demon is totally unrelated to any purported debauchery, as far as I know. Rather than plodding throug...

September 16, 2017

Lets play a game. Imagine you have some dice. The rules of the game are as follows:

1) Roll all your dice at once

2) Remove any dice that land on a 6

3) Pick up your remaining dice and repeat until no dice remain

As an illustration, say you start with four dice. After the...

August 14, 2017

An atomistic simulation of a polymer equilibrating. Each individual 'ball' represents a molecule. 

This blog post has quite a different theme than the others. Rather than reviewing a published article, I will be speaking about some of my own work. Having recently return...

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About Me

I am currently a graduate student in Prof. Andrew Ferguson's group at University of Chicago working at the interface of machine learning, molecular simulation, and materials science. As an undergrad, I was a Physics & Math double major and Chemistry minor at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where I worked at a biophysics laboratory studying how protein hydrogels respond to force. When I'm not endlessly debugging my code, I like to quickly solve Rubik's cubes (average time ~22 seconds), read classic literature, and play the occasional game of chess. You can click here to see my CV.


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