an Austen Coleman



Curriculum Vitae

String Theory, Quantum Gravity.

About me

I am a second-year Physics PhD candidate and NSF Fellow at Stanford University, and I hope to spend the rest of my life studying the way our universe works.

In my doctoral studies, I am focused on fundamental problems in physics regarding the behavior of quantum theories of gravity, and how we might construct such theories from models which are better understood. For instance, how can we describe inflating universes (metastable de Sitter vacua) in string theory without relying on, for example, the KKLT prescription? How do various mechanisms in string theory reinforce the causal nature of spacetime, or excise infinitely-curved regions of spacetime?

My coding experience stems from my desire early in life to program game engines. As a high school student at the York school in Monterey, California, I coded competitive analysis algorithms for commercial relational databases (2012), developed JavaScript API's for "Big Data" businesses (2014), and hacked together an annotation interface for Mars images at the NASA Ames Research Center (2013). I also co-founded York's FIRST Robotics team, Deus Ex Machina, which earned a spot at the 2014 FIRST World Championships in St. Louis. I graduated the valedictorian of my class.

During my undergraduate years at Brown, I utilized the University's lack of strict pre-requisites (the Open Curriculum) to specialize in High Energy Physics (HEP). Under the direction of Professor of Physics Meenakshi Narain (Brown; High Energy Experiment), I brought my computer science knowledge to CMS, a CERN experiment operating at the Large Hadron Collider. I spent much of my time at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and at the CERN site in Switzerland, working on precision top quark lifetime measurements, particle classifiers, and future detector studies. In parallel with my experimental work, I also joined Professor Antal Jevicki in some theoretical projects within HEP.

The promotion of diversity, fairness, and equality have been priorities for me: at Brown, I mentored physics students from underrepresented backgrounds through the New Scientist Collective. I also ran a weekly 'study sanctuary' in the physics building called Offish Hours, for those weekends when the freshman dorms get a little too noisy. Offish Hours is part of an initiative I founded with a graduate student at Brown, which we called DiODE (Directed Outreach for a Diverse Environment). The organization serves as a proxy, redirecting physics students to the curricular resources that fit their needs.

Away from my desk, I enjoy music of all kinds, and play classical guitar. I am also an avid endurance cyclist. My older sister is an up-incoming production assistant for some pretty amazing films. My younger sister likes to defy gravity — she's on Stanford's Junior Olympic Club Diving team (JO B).

This site is always under construction, but do look around! I will be adding in projects and work as they become available.

Recent recognition

  • (2018) R. Bruce Lindsay Prize for Excellence in Physics
  • (2018) National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • (2017) Goldwater Scholarship
  • (2017) Astronaut Scholarship
  • (2017) Brown Undergraduate Teaching & Research Assistantship
  • (2017) Sigma Xi
  • (2016) Brown International Undergraduate Teaching & Research Assistantship

Evan Coleman

Brown University Physics, Class of '18

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