At Stanford

This page is dedicated to my writing and research work during my time at Stanford.

Since the spring of 2009, I’ve been developing a Monte Carlo simulation of electron dynamics in nanostructures, as part of a research project on photon-enhanced thermionic emission (PETE), a new solar energy conversion process. Semiconductor nanowires and nanocones can significantly enhance light absorption and thus photoemission efficiency, so we want to better understand how electrons behave and are emitted from these promising nanostructures. Here’s my REU 2009 poster about the PETE project.

Back in the 80s, when the U.S. and Russia were busy pointing missiles at one another, Col. Stanislav Petrov managed to save the world while hunkered down in a bunker near Moscow. Check out this article I wrote about Petrov and why the future of the world rested on his shoulders on one September day in 1983.

Ever heard of Abbie Hoffman? Well, neither had I, until I started doing some background reading for an essay I wrote in my sophomore-year Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR2) class with Dr. Thomas Freeland. Hoffman was one crazy guy, but you have to respect his heart; he was ready to take on the world for what he believed in. Here’s “A Conscription of the Spirit,” my essay on one man’s radical message to a bunch of wide-eyed college graduates, with a little Abbie Hoffman thrown in just to keep things interesting.

For my final paper for my freshman-year class “Writing the Bicycle: Rhetoric and Research on Two Wheels,” I wrote a research paper on the biomechanical, physiological, and psychological differences between seated and standing cycling. I thought it might be an interesting topic to delve into, considering that just about every student at Stanford rides a bike around campus and could use a bit of guidance on how best to maximize cycling efficiency. How wrong was I? Find out here.

Back when I was young and undeclared, I took a couple psych classes purely out of interest and wrote a research proposal on “peer-theories of intelligence,” a term I invented as an extension of self-theories of intelligence, the brainchild of a professor and mentor, Carol Dweck, whose work and influence have made me a better person. My proposal to extend that work couldn’t possibly do her justice, but at least I had fun writing it. 🙂

Mindset Diagram (Carol Dweck)

(Courtesy of Carol Dweck) A life-changing concept...

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