I am currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Penn soft matter theory group where I am supervised by Randy Kamien. Together we are looking at kirigami-inspired design of surfaces and at disordered materials in which geometry and topology conspire to determine mechanical and dynamical properties of the system. I also work with Andrea Liu and Sid Nagel on problems related to amorphous solids with free surfaces.
Previously I was at the University of Illinois, studying entangled polymer dynamics in Ken Schweizer’s research group. Our main focus was a rigorous treatment of polymer topological constraints — the idea that long polymers cannot cross through each other and thus become “entangled” — within a simple microscopic framework.
I graduated from Williams College in 2007 with a B.A. in physics and mathematics. My undergraduate thesis — in quantum information theory and supervised by William Wootters — involved constructing rotationally symmetric, entropy-minimizing states for quantum systems with discrete degrees of freedom.