I hail from Eastchester high school in Eastchester, New York, a
small town in Westchester county. Though my parents and brother are all
artists, I chose the path of science. By the time I was in fourth grade,
I decided to dedicate my life to physics after becoming obsessed with
understanding the nature of time, wormholes and time travel, futuristic
propulsion concepts for space travel, and the search for life in the universe.
Going to space camp in Florida when I was twelve further reinforced my
devotion to science. For the past ten years, I have spent most of my time
reading hundreds of popular and technical books and journal articles relating
to electromagnetism, special and general relativity, astronomy, astrophysics, quantum mechanics,
particles physics, cosmology, and theories of quantum gravity.
By the time I entered high school, I began preparing for my 3-year
high school science research program called ASR (Advanced Science Research),
which is taught by my high school physics teacher, Ed Gruber. My research
was on the theoretical concepts of zero-point energy in QED and the technological
implications of its manipulation via the Casimir effect. I initially interacted
with Dr. Harold E. Puthoff of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin,
Texas, but was unable to do experimental research with him; I eventually
worked with Dr. Daniel C. Cole of Boston University, on a quasi-experimental
project on Stochastic Electrodynamics, a recently revived classical electrodynamics
reformulation of quantum mechanics. I did a numerical analysis of the classical
hydrogen atom, interacting with classical electromagnetic zero-point radiation, to derive single-hydrogen atom quantum mechanics.
Much remains to be done with this project and the field of SED, and I intend
to return to it in the near future. As a result of this project, I submitted
an Intel STS paper, won third place in physics at WESEF science fair competition,
and recieved the Air Force medal for Excellence in Science and Engineering.
I decided to attend Stony Brook University as a Physics major in 2004, because
of its distinguished reputation in physics, its affiliation with Brookhaven
National Laboratory, and the low tuition.
Among my other interests are cognitive science and philosophy of
mind; philosophy of science, educational reform, and libertarian (both
socialist and capitalist) political philosophy and activism. I am also
affiliated with the Center for Inquiry-Metro NY and the Council for Secular
Humanism, with whom I have organized a debate on the existence of God and
an Einstein Day celebration here at Stony Brook. Because of these interests,
I am also minoring in analytical philosophy. For lesiure, I'll either surf
the internet, play basketball when I can, practice Jeet Kune Do martial arts, or watch
my favorite shows like Family Guy, Curb your Enthusiasm, Real Time with
Bill Maher, The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Book-TV on C-SPAN, and anything science
related on the Science Channel and PBS.
Though I plan to primarily pursue theoretical physics and join the
search for a unified field theory and theory of quantum gravity, I also intend
on being involved in experimental physics projects relating to quantum vacuum
physics, and sonoluminescence for its potential as a means of nuclear fusion.