Applying Computational Tools to Explore & Understand Matter
Training in condensed matter physics is excellent preparation for working across disciplines on problems in engineering, chemistry, and biology. At the same time, the variety of models and tools in in these communities can be overwhelming. Modern, interdisciplinary scientists must be ready to approach and explore unfamiliar ideas and navigate them with a sturdy core of physical reasoning.
I like to use hands-on simulation and modeling to hel students develop both the essential coding skills for modern data analysis as well as intuition for unfamiliar analytic concepts. Simulations can be proxies for experiments, letting students explore and analyze systems on their own terms.