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In 2004 I began teaching physics and mathematics as an undergraduate at North Carolina State University. From the spring of 2004 until I was a graduate student in the middle of 2008 I taught courses which ranged from beginning calculus to modern physics labs. While a postdoctorial researcher at Notre Dame, I have focused on mentoring undergraduates and expanding the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) outreach initiatives in collaboration with Dr. Micha Kilburn. Below you will find a list of my most recent students.

Current Students

Kevin Lee

Affiliation University of Notre Dame
Status Physics undergraduate
Research Group A. Aprahamian
Mentored December 2013 to present
Project Kevin joined the Aprahamian research group late in the fall semester 2013 to work with me on the Notre Dame Nuclear Database project. Since Patrick Fasano's initial work on the database it has grown into a large scale project. Kevin's focus on this project has been improving the interactions with the users through use of the website interface. Over the course of 2014 Kevin researched modern web technologies which include HTML, CSS and Javascript. He applied these technologies to create a dynamic chart of nuclides. Using asynchronous javascript this chart of nuclides does not require a page refresh when querying for new data. In addition Kevin wrote code which supports access of the chart of nuclides on all electronic devices including computers, tablets and smartphones without loss of functionality. In the fall of 2014 Kevin presented this research project at the Division of Nuclear Physics conference held in Hawaii.

Tim Khouw

Affiliation University of Notre Dame
Status Physics undergraduate
Research Group A. Aprahamian
Mentored December 2013 to present
Project Tim joined the Aprahamian research group late in the fall semester 2013 to work with me on the Notre Dame Nuclear Database project. Since Patrick Fasano's initial work on the database it has grown into a large scale project. Tim's focus on this project has been writing the interface between the backend (the database) and the frontend (the web and command line interfaces). Over the course of 2014 Tim wrote Python code which defines the project's API (application protocol interface). This standard allows for well-defined interactions with the database which includes search queries and filtering by metadata. In the fall of 2014 Tim presented this research project at the Division of Nuclear Physics conference held in Hawaii.

Trevor Sprouse

Affiliation University of Notre Dame
Status Physics & Math undergraduate
Research Group A. Aprahamian
Mentored December 2013 to present
Project Trevor joined the Aprahamian research group late in the fall semester 2013 to work with me on a new reaction network framework. Reaction networks are used in nuclear astrophysics to time evolve the composition of stars and stellar explosions. Over the course of 2014 Trevor designed a framework for nucleosynthesis calculations which can be applied to environments from the Big Bang to the rapid neutron capture or $r$-process believed to occur in supernova explosions. Trevor, also a math major, has used concepts from Gödel's incompleteness theorems and sparsity of the network matrices to greatly speed up these calculations. In the fall of 2014 Trevor presented this research project at the Division of Nuclear Physics conference held in Hawaii.

Patrick Fasano

Affiliation University of Notre Dame
Status Physics undergraduate
Research Group A. Aprahamian
Mentored January 2013 to present
Project Patrick joined the Aprahamian research group in the spring semester of 2013 to work with me on a new database of nuclear physics properties. In the first phase of this project Patrick learned about the properties of nuclei. He then designed a complex database structure in MySQL to store this information. Patrick continues to contribute to the database project in his spare time. Patrick has also studied the emission of neutrons during thunderstorms. He submitted a proposal to the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame and was awarded a prestigious travel grant allowing him the opportunity to spend ten weeks in Armenia over summer 2013 at the Yerevan Physics Institute, a leading research center in high energy cosmic rays specializing in neutron emission from thunderstorms.

Past Students

Caleb Marshall

Affiliation North Carolina State University
Status Physics undergraduate (graduated); now in physics grad school
Research Group G. C. McLaughlin
Mentored June 2011 to May 2012
Project Caleb joined the McLaughlin research group in the summer of 2011 to work with me on sensitivity studies of $r$-process nuclei. Over the course of the summer and his senior year he learned to perform simulations of $r$-process nucleosynthesis in various astrophysical environments. Caleb's focus was finding the most important $\beta$-decay rates that contribute to the final abundances we observe in nature. These rates are important to isolate as they are one of the primary motivations for measurements of neutron-rich nuclei at radioactive beam facilities. Caleb presented his work at the spring 2012 undergraduate research symposium at NCSU. His work will be featured in an upcoming publication on $\beta$-decays of rare earth nuclei.

Classes & Labs

Year Affiliation Section Position Course
Spring 2008 NCSU PY205 Sec 251 Honors lab instructor Classical physics
Spring 2008 NCSU PY205 Sec 252 Honors lab instructor Classical physics
Spring 2008 NCSU PY205 Sec 254 Honors lab instructor Classical physics
Fall 2007 NCSU PY205 Sec 201 Honors lab instructor Classical physics
Fall 2007 NCSU PY205 Sec 202 Honors lab instructor Classical physics
Fall 2007 NCSU PY205 Sec 203 Honors lab instructor Classical physics
Spring 2006 NCSU PY205 Sec 220 Honors lab instructor Classical physics
Spring 2006 NCSU PY205 Sec 211 Honors lab instructor Classical physics
Fall 2005 NCSU PY203 Sec 200 Lab instructor Modern physics
Fall 2005 NCSU PY203 Sec 201 Lab instructor Modern physics
Spring 2005 NCSU PY205 Sec 200 Honors lab instructor Classical physics
Spring 2005 NCSU MA231 Lecture assistant Calculus
Fall 2004 NCSU MA341 Teaching assistant Differential equations