Jaron Kent-Dobias, physicist. jaron@kent-dobias.com
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Education ....................................................................
Graduate Student, Physics - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Bachelor of Science, Physics - Harvey Mudd College (HMC), Claremont, CA.
May 2014
- Total GPA of 3.779, major GPA of 4.000.
- Graduated with high distinction and honors in physics.
- Earned Dean's list all eligible semesters.
High School Diploma - Skyline High School, Sammamish, WA. May 2010
Publications .................................................................
J. P. Kent-Dobias, "Energy Driven Pattern Formation in Planar Dipole-Dipole
Systems." (2014) Senior thesis in physics at HMC under A. J. Bernoff.
Research Experience ..........................................................
Under Prof. Andrew Bernoff - Department of Mathematics, HMC.
Jan. 2013 - Present
- Theoretically studied the shape and stability of modulated phases in
Langmuir systems.
- Employed techniques from perturbation theory, asymptotic integration, and
linear stability analysis.
- Created a library of tools in C++ to analyze domains and perform nonlinear
optimization on a high-dimensional, highly constrained parameter space.
Under Prof. Sharon Gerbode - Department of Physics, HMC.
Jan. 2012 - Sept. 2012
- Experimentally studied the behavior of impurities during phase changes in
colloidal crystals.
- Designed experiments and wrote software in MATLAB to analyze particle
tracking data.
- Performed a literature review of statistical hard-sphere fluid theory in
order to assess its applicability to the colloidal problem.
Awards .......................................................................
Finalist, LeRoy Apker Award - American Physical Society. Aug. 2014
An undergraduate physics achievement award to recognize outstanding
achievements in physics by undergraduate students, and thereby provide
encouragement to young physicists who have demonstrated great potential for
future scientific accomplishment.
Thomas B. Brown Memorial Award - Department of Physics, HMC. May 2014
The Thomas B. Brown award for senior research in physics is awarded for
research results, originality in conception or in execution of research,
diligence, and clarity of oral and written reports
The Chavin Prize - Department of Mathematics, HMC. May 2014
The Chavin Prize is awarded for outstanding senior thesis in the mathematical
sciences.
Work Experience ..............................................................
Academic Excellence Facilitator - Academic Excellence Program, HMC.
Apr. 2012 - May 2014
- Tutored students taking courses in mechanics, electromagnetism, and special
relativity.
- Worked closely with faculty to improve both tutoring and lecturing.
Systems Administrator - Department of Computer Science, HMC.
May 2011 - May 2014
- Administered Linux and Mac OS servers and managed a large network of
codependent systems.
- Created and modified scripts written in Perl, Bash, and Python for a
variety of system tasks.
CCMS [1] Lab Mentor - Department of Mathematics, CGU [2]. Jan. 2012 - May 2014
- Provided support for MATLAB, Mathematica, LaTeX, and Python for students
and faculty throughout the Claremont Consortium.
Physics Grader - Department of Physics, HMC. Jan. 2012 - May 2014
- Graded homework assignments for the Mechanics, Theoretical Mechanics,
Electromagnetic Fields, and Fourier Series & Boundary Value Problems
courses.
Physics 18 Tutor - Department of Physics, HMC. Jan. 2013 - May 2013
- Tutored students enrolled in mechanics who have a poor background in or
difficulty with physics.
Math Grader - Department of Mathematics, HMC. Jan. 2012 - May 2012
- Graded assignments for the Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
courses.
Systems Consultant - Department of Computer Science, HMC.
Sept. 2010 - May 2011
- Wrote documentation and provided on-site user support for desktop and
server systems.
- Led educational sessions teaching topics related to Unix administration
and advanced usage.
Skills .......................................................................
Computer Related
- Experienced programming in the following languages (listed in order of
proficiency): Mathematica, C, C++, LaTeX, TeX, Python, Gnuplot, Igor Pro,
MATLAB, Perl, CUDA, Bash.
- Experienced in the use of many Unix variants, especially Arch Linux,
Gentoo, and Mac OS.
Physics & Mathematics Coursework (at HMC)
- Physics classes taken include Special Relativity, Mechanics, Gravitation,
Electromagnetism, Modern Laboratory, Quantum Physics, Theoretical
Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetic
Fields, Biophysics, Optics Laboratory, General Relativity, Computational
Methods in Physics, Fields & Waves, Topics in Quantum Theory, Readings in
Stochastic Methods, Foundations of Field Theory, Solid State Physics, and
Electrodynamics.
- Mathematics classes taken include Linear Algebra I & II, Differential
Equations, Single and Multivariable Calculus, Probability & Statistics,
Fourier Transforms & Boundary Value Problems, Discrete Mathematics,
Mathematical Analysis I & II, Abstract Algebra, Differential Geometry, and
Harmonic Analysis on Finite Groups.
Achievements .................................................................
Eagle Scout - Troop 636, Sammamish, WA. Mar. 2008
2nd Degree Black Belt - True Martial Arts, Sammamish, WA. Dec. 2008
[1] Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences
[2] Claremont Graduate University
Modified 21 November 2014.