Yash Anandakumar

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Major: Computer Science

Future plans: Graduating is my future plan

Advice on how to approach EMP-Cubed: It’s a group effort, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Communication is key for this class and anything else in life!

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Ask questions during class, come to the help room, Piazza, and taking your own notes on the material. COMMUNICATE!!!

Fun fact about me: I’m the oldest of two kids, I’m a junior, and I love cooking for people!

Section of EMP-Cubed: 005

Help room hours: Fridays 3 - 4 pm

Brennan Arnold

Major: Physics

Future plans: In the future, I would like to do some combination of teaching as well as research, so that hopefully I can leave the world better, however marginally, than when I entered it.

Advice on how to approach EMP-Cubed: If you're an incoming student the best recommendation I can make is to not be afraid to lead your group through the problem if no one else is taking the initiative, take charge of your learning.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? If you're struggling with the class make it a point to go to the help room, don't be afraid to ask more questions to clarify your understanding of concepts.

Fun fact about me I have hitchhiker's thumbs

Section of EMP-Cubed: 004

Help room hours: Mondays 2 - 3 pm

Abner Barbosa Jnr

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Major: Mechanical Engineering

Future plans: Work on R&D at some company, preferably on something clean energy related.

Advice on how to approach EMP-Cubed: Do the homework, read the notes, don’t be scared to ask questions!

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Come to help room, and don’t be ashamed to ask the same question multiple times.

Fun fact about me I was born and raised in the Amazon

Section of EMP-Cubed: 005

Help room hours: Mondays 3 - 4 pm

Theo Bott

Major: Physics

Future plans: I would like to be a teacher/professor

Advice on how to approach EMP-Cubed: My advice would that you get what you give; the class is well structured and will reward a student who puts the adequate amount of time/effort in.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? My advice for someone who is struggling would be to let the instructors of the course know. We are more than capable of providing good advice for any students with a specific difficulty.

Fun fact about me Well, I love to sing but I do NOT sound good.

Section of EMP-Cubed: 004

Help room hours: Mondays 5 - 6 pm

Emma Curd

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Major: Mechanical Engineering (minor in German)

Future plans: I’ll be moving to Shanghai, China to study mandarin for a year after graduating this spring. After that I’ll be grad school or industry bound. Who knows!

Advice on how to approach EMP-Cubed: Keep an open mind. We hope to teach you all how to understand all parts of these physics ideas - conceptual and concrete calculations. Do your best to think through all parts of the problems. Understanding is more important than just getting the right answer.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Read the notes first - the notes were written specifically for this class and can offer a lot of insight into areas where you may be struggling. Ask lots of questions and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Fun fact about me: Proud member of the 6 foot club (I’m tall)

Section of EMP-Cubed: 005

Help room hours: Fridays 12 - 1 pm

Matt Schram

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Future plans: I am currently seeking to work in the renewable/sustainable energies field with my degree, but have always been intrigued by teaching. I want to do something that is not only beneficial to people but the planet as well.

Advice on how to approach EMP-Cubed: Come to class prepared! Take the best notes possible before coming to class. This will benefit you greatly in a group setting while reassuring your own understanding.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Don't be afraid to talk to your LA's or professors to seek help, ask questions. We are here to support your learning, and will do what we can to ensure your success.

Fun fact about me: I've broken both my arms at the same time.

Section of EMP-Cubed: 005

Help room hours: Wednesdays 2 - 3 pm

Julie Butler

Research Area: My research area is theoretical many-body nuclear physics, essentially how all the protons and neutrons in a nucleus interact with each other.

Description of research in that area: My research involves applying machine learning techniques to solve the differential equations used in many-body nuclear physics. If successful, this will make the many-body physics codes much more accurate in predicting the behavior of the particles in the nucleus.

What excites you about physics: Physics is exciting because it studies everything from the tiniest elementary particles to the largest entities in the universe. No other field of study covers such a broad range of topics. It has the potential to be able to explain everything in the universe.

Advice on how to approach EMP-Cubed: Though the structure of EMP-Cubed is unique among college classes and may seem intimidating at first, it is similar to what life will be like after college, in the real world. Rather you are going to grad school or are getting a job once you graduate, you will be expected to work in groups to solve problems. Use the class to learn the material, but also use it to learn how to work well in groups, with a variety of different people.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? If you are struggling with the class, I highly recommend working through as many practice problems as you can. The workers in the physics help room can you solve these problems when you get stuck, but make sure you can work through them on your own before the exams, without your notes or someone helping you.

Fun fact about me My favorite modern band is Imagine Dragons, but my all time favorite band is Lynard Skynard.

Help room hours: Mondays 4 - 5 pm, Fridays 4 - 5 pm

Richard Hallstein

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Section of EMP-Cubed: 004

Help room hours: Wednesdays 3 - 5 pm

Daryl McPadden

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Research/Interest Area: My research area is Physics Education Research.

Description of research in that area: My research has focused on the development and evaluation of active learning (non-lecture) physics classes, particularly introductory mechanics and E&M. I am particularly interested in studying the scientific skills that students are developing and how learning environments influence those skills.

What excites you about physics: I love the explanatory power of physics and that physics can explain what happens in every day life - like how metal detectors work or how power is generated or how the power grid is set up.

Advice on how to approach EMP-Cubed: This class is about more than getting a final answer, it's about understanding the process and understanding what your final answer actually means. Spend the time understanding the assumptions that are in the notes and in the problems, and really evaluate your answers. It's ok if they aren't completely realistic, the important part is to be able to identify why they aren't realistic and what the effects are on your solution.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Remember that you have a lot of resources in this class. In addition to help room, you have your instructors in class, you have your group mates, there's piazza, and the notes. Don't be afraid of not knowing something - it is always worth it to ask questions or say something if you don't get an idea/concept!

Fun fact about me: My goals for the semester currently include learning how to make paella, and also learning all of the words to the really fast rap in “Guns and Ships” from Hamilton.

Section of EMP-Cubed: 005

Help room hours: Mondays 12 - 2 pm

Johannes Pollanen

Research Area: My research is the areas of experimental condensed matter physics and quantum information science.

Description of research in that area: In my research group, the Laboratory for Hybrid Quantum Systems, we're trying to discover new quantum states of matter and build hardware for new and better quantum computers.

What excites you about physics: I really like solving difficult problems. Also, I really love getting to work with quantum physics on a regular basis.

Advice on how to approach EMP-Cubed: Try and be open minded to the group work aspect of the course … and also try to have fun … it really is a lot of fun.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Focus on doing all the homework and coming to the help room regularly. It will take some work and time but it will pay off.

Fun fact about me I was born in Finland and moved to the US as a kid. When I started elementary school in Florida I didn't speak any English.

Section of EMP-Cubed 004

Help room hours Fridays 1 - 3 pm

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