Jaron Kent-Dobias

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I work on explaining emergent collective behavior in statistical physics using renormalization group ideas and computational modeling. Current work focuses on exploring the breadth of universality, scaling theories for disordered fracture, and developing more efficient simulations of lattice models.

Education

PhD Candidate, Physics Expected 2020
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Master of Science, Physics February 2017
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Examination for Admission to Candidacy: Q1 PDF, Q2 PDF, Q3 PDF, Presentation PDF.

Bachelor of Science, Physics May 2014
Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

High School DiplomaMay 2010
Skyline High School, Sammamish, WA

Publications

Essential singularities in universal scaling functions at the Ising coexistence line, Jaron Kent-Dobias & James P Sethna, arXiv:1707.03791 [cond-mat.stat-mech], submitted.

Normal form for renormalization groups, Archishman Raju, Colin B Clement, Lorien X Hayden, Jaron Kent-Dobias, Danilo B Liarte, D Zeb Rocklin & James P Sethna, Physical Review X 9, 021014 (2019) (PDF) · arXiv:1706.00137 [cond-mat.stat-mech].

Cluster representations and the Wolff algorithm in arbitrary external fields, Jaron Kent-Dobias & James P Sethna, Physical Review E 98, 063306 (2018) (PDF) · arXiv:1805.04019 [cond-mat.stat-mech].

Deformation of crystals: connections with statistical physics, James P Sethna, Matthew K Bierbaum, Karin A Dahmen, Carl P Goodrich, Julia R Greer, Lorien X Hayden, Jaron Kent-Dobias, Edward D Lee, Danilo B Liarte, Xiaoyue Ni, Katherine N Quinn, Archishman Raju, D Zeb Rocklin, Ashivni Shekhawat & Stefano Zapperi, Annual Review of Materials Research 47, 217 (2017) · arXiv:1609.05838 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci].

Energy driven pattern formation in planar dipole-dipole systems in the presence of weak noise, Jaron Kent-Dobias & Andrew J Bernoff, Physical Review E 91, 032919 (2015) (PDF) · arXiv:1406.3749 [cond-mat.soft].

Rock · Paper · Book, Brendan Gillett, Anastasia Patterson, Lily Stewart, Gretchen Allen, Garrett Wong, Kate MacDonnell, Carrie Latimer, Jaron Kent-Dobias, Siyao Xie, Jay Jonsson, Jacob Bandes-Storch, Rob O’Neill, Jack Ma, Chelsea Carlson, & Kitty Maryatt, Scripps College Press (2013).

Honors & Awards

Finalist, LeRoy Apker Award August 2014
American Physical Society

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 May 2014
Department of Physics, Harvey Mudd College

The Thomas B Brown Memorial 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 May 2014
Department of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College

The Chavin Prize is awarded for outstanding senior theses in the mathematical sciences.

Cornell Graduate Fellowship February 2014
Department of Physics, Cornell University

The Graduate Fellowship is awarded upon admission to the students with the strongest academic and research records.

Eagle Scout March 2008
Boy Scouts of America, Troop 636, Sammamish, WA

Second Degree Black Belt December 2008
True Martial Arts, Sammamish, WA

Teaching

Teaching Assistant Fall 2014 – Present
Physics Department, Cornell University

Physics 1101 – General Physics I

Physics 1112 – Physics I: Mechanics & Heat

Physics 1116 – Physics I: Mechanics & Special Relativity

Physics 6562 – Statistical Physics I

Physics 7653 – Statistical Physics II

Academic Excellence Facilitator April 2012 – May 2014
Academic Excellence Program, Harvey Mudd College

Tutored students taking core courses in mechanics, electromagnetism, and special relativity. Worked closely with faculty to improve both tutoring and lecturing.

CCMS Lab Mentor Spring 2012 – Spring 2014
Department of Mathematics, Claremont Graduate University

Provided support for Matlab, Mathematica, LeTeX, and Python for students and faculty throughout the Claremont Consortium.

Grader Spring 2012 – Fall 2013
Department of Physics, Harvey Mudd College

Physics 24 – Mechanics: Spring 2012
Physics 111 – Theoretical Mechanics: Fall 2012
Physics 161 – Electromagnetic Fields: Fall 2013

Tutor Spring 2013
Department of Physics, Harvey Mudd College

Physics 18 – Fundamentals of Mechanics: Spring 2013

Grader Spring 2012 – Spring 2014
Department of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College

Math 45 – Linear Algebra & Differential Equations: Spring 2012
Math 115 – Fourier Series & Boundary Value Problems: Spring 2014

Other Experience

Systems Administrator May 2011 – May 2014
Department of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College

Administered Linux and Mac OS servers and managed a network of codependent systems. Created and modified scripts written in Perl, Bash, and Python for a variety of system tasks. Designed, set up and administered a cluster for use by other researchers.

Systems Consultant September 2010 – May 2011
Department of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College

Wrote documentation and provided on-site user support for desktop and server systems. Led educational sessions on topics related to Unix administration and advanced usage.

Presentations

Scaling and spatial correlations in the quasibrittle process zone, Jaron Kent-Dobias & James P Sethna, APS March Meeting 2019 (PDF).

Cluster representations and the Wolff algorithm in arbitrary external fields, Jaron Kent-Dobias & James P Sethna, 120th Statistical Mechanics Conference Rutgers University, Short Talks (December 2018).

An efficient cluster algorithm for the Ising model in an external field, Jaron Kent-Dobias & James P Sethna, APS March Meeting 2018 (HTML).

Universal scaling and the essential singularity at the Ising first-order transition, Jaron Kent-Dobias & James P Sethna, APS March Meeting 2017 (PDF).

Scaling theory of the process zone of quasibrittle materials: an avalanche crossover analysis, Jaron Kent-Dobias, Ashivni Shekhawat & James P Sethna, APS March Meeting 2016 (PDF).

Posters

Exploring the quasibrittle process zone with real-space RG, Jaron Kent-Dobias, James P Sethna & Ashivni Shekhawat, Statphys 26 (2016) (PDF).

Energy driven pattern formation in planar dipole–dipole systems, Andrew J Bernoff & Jaron Kent-Dobias, Harvey Mudd College 2014 Thesis Posters (PDF).

Mapping the energy landscape of compact Langmuir domains, Jaron Kent-Dobias, Harvey Mudd College Summer 2013 Physics Research (PDF).

Impurity expulsion in colloidal crystals, Jaron Kent-Dobias & Paul Jerger, Harvey Mudd College Summer 2012 Physics Research (PDF).