I am from New Jersey and currently live in Dallas. I did my undergraduate degrees in math and physics at Cornell University, finishing in 2006. Afterwards, I attended UCLA and received a PhD in theoretical physics under the tutelage of Joseph Rudnick, completed in 2012.
My PhD research was on the critical Casimir effect. The original Casimir effect is the phenomenon of two big, perfect, parallel metal plates in a vacuum attracting eachother via quantum effects (while no classical interaction is predicted). The critical Casimir effect is an analogous phenomenon where the vacuum is replaced by a fluid near a critical point (a special type of a phase transition) and the containing walls have an interaction mediated by the fluid. My work was largely focused on computing Casimir forces, by both analytical and numerical means, in theoretical models. Here is a link to my dissertation.
I can be contacted by e-mail at [first name]@[last name].com.