I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania (expected 2019), working under the supervision of Professors Danielle S. Bassett and Daniel D. Lee. My research focuses on adapting tools from statistical mechanics, network science, and machine learning to understand the large-scale behavior of dynamical and complex systems. In particular, I’ve recently become interested in how large populations of humans exhibit periods of intense collective activity, such as spikes in telephone and online traffic and fluctuations in demands for transportation and emergency services.  Do different specific processes drive each of these phenomena, or are there one or two simple underlying principles that connect them?

Before coming to Penn, I studied at Swarthmore College, where I earned my BA in Physics and Mathematics with High Honors and played on the soccer team (go Garnet!). While in college, I was a Lee Teng Fellow in Accelerator Science at Fermilab with Dr. Tanaji Sen, working on simulations of channeling radiation experiments at the Fermilab Accelerator Science and Technology (FAST) Facility. I was also a Moncrief Undergraduate Intern at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Professor Dmitrii E. Makarov, where I performed large-scale molecular dynamics simulations to quantify self-induced friction in proteins.


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