an Austen Coleman



Curriculum Vitae

Theoretical & Experimental Particle Physics.

About me

I am a fourth-year Mathematical Physics concentrator at Brown University, and I hope to spend the rest of my life studying the way our universe works.

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, captained and coded for 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, with five departmental awards to my name.

At Brown, I have utilized the University's lack of strict pre-requisites (the Open Curriculum) to specialize in High Energy Physics (HEP). Under the direction of Brown Physics professor Meenakshi Narain (High Energy Experiment), I have brought my computer science knowledge to CMS, a CERN experiment operating at the Large Hadron Collider. I spend a fair amount of 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 have joined Professor Antal Jevicki in some theoretical projects within HEP. My current work addresses chaotic non-linear diffusion in black holes. This summer, I studied out-of-time-ordered correlation functions to understand the conjecture that black holes scramble information faster than anything else in the universe.

The promotion of diversity, fairness, and equality are priorities for me: I mentor physics students from underrepresented backgrounds through the New Scientist Collective. I also run 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 a new initiative I founded with a graduate student at Brown, which we call DiODE (Directed Outreach for a Diverse Enrivonment). The organization will serve as a proxy, redirecting physics students to the curricular resources that fit their needs.

Away from my desk and books, I compete on an intramural 'inner-tube' water polo team, known as the Soggy Bottoms. I enjoy music of all kinds, and play classical guitar. My other half is an English concentrator and fiction writer from Brazil, Italy, South Korea, and God knows where else. Back in California, my older sister is an up-incoming production assistant for some pretty amazing films. My younger sister is 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

  • (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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