Grab the complete pdf here (updated 2019-12-18).
I spent last summer as a visiting graduate fellow at the Perimeter Institute, where I worked on learning weight-free computational graphs.
As a graduate student, I worked under Prof. Manuel Endres on a number of projects, including (in reverse chronological order):
- Generative modeling methods for pure and mixed quantum state tomography (this didn’t go anywhere)
- Noise-resilient training methods for Restricted Boltzmann Machine pure states. I came up with a way to do automatic denoising when training on data corrupted with independent bit-flip errors. This turns out to be pretty useful for quantum simulation experiments; we [applied it][rbm-paper] to some data from the Lukin group at Harvard.
- Dynamics and ground-state phase diagrams of blockaded Rydberg systems.
- Building a tapered amplifier for the narrow-line laser cooling system in the Endres lab, as well as general optics and fabrication tasks.
I did my undergrad at UC Berkeley in physics. I tried my hand at a number of different research positions, including:
- An internship at the Space Sciences Lab at Berkeley, where I wrote Labview code for one of the photon-counter testing facilities.
- A summer at the Haystack Observatory as a visiting researcher, working on automating solar radio burst detection. This was arranged through the NSF’s REU program – I had a blast and I strongly recommend applying if you get the chance!
- A stint as an undergraduate researcher at the Ion Trap group at U.C. Berkeley. I designed, built and tested superconducting LC resonators for use in hybrid qubit experiments.
- A summer at the Schmidt-Kaler group at the University of Mainz, where I helped two graduate students run their quantum repeater experiments and build optics for the laser cooling system.
You can find a partial list of some things I’ve built here.
- MS, Physics, California Inst. of Technology (2019)
- BA, Physics, University of California, Berkeley (2016). Highest honors
Some publications and presentations
- Integrating Neural Networks with a Quantum Simulator for State Reconstruction (preprint, PRL)
- Towards simulating many-body quantum dynamics with strontium atoms in optical tweezers, DAMOP 2018.
- I learned most of how to fly a Cessna 152 from AACIT before running out of money (as it turns out, the FAA doesn’t consider “most of how to fly” sufficient for legal operation!). I also took the pilot ground school.
- I learned how to use every machine in the Caltech student machine shop as part of my experimental training in the Endres lab. My favorite is the water jet.
- Two of the best courses I took at Berkeley were: quantum mechanics, taught by Irfan Siddiqi, and set theory, taught by Thomas Scanlon. The course I enjoyed the most was CS61A.
- The best course I took at Caltech was Ph101, Order of Magnitude Physics, taught by Sterl Phinney.
- I built a remote-control hydrogen blimp the summer after high school (you can make the hydrogen by mixing alumnium soda cans with water and lye. I don’t necessarily recommend trying this at home…)
- Before college I performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with some high school classmates (I played upright bass).