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I have spent much of my academic career as a particle physicist, starting with
studies of baryon resonances using data from the CLAS experiment at Jefferson
Lab in VA. I then moved on to searches for New Physics, first with the BaBar
experiment at SLAC in CA and now with the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron
Collider at CERN. Over the past few years, I have also been contributing to
efforts in Cosmology and our understanding of how the Universe came to be
as well as experiments focusing on the direct detection of dark matter.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Physics Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.S. Physics Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S. Physics Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

I try to maintain high expectations for the students. I work hard to figure out an appropriate amount of material to cover, but the students are then required to learn all of that material. I strive to tie the material to modern developments in Science. In this way, the students see that this is a living field and there is still much to learn....and much that they can contribute to once they leave Siena!

What I Love About Siena

I get to talk about Physics with engaged students on a daily basis! You can't ask for more than that. The faculty here are also very passionate about teaching. As a department, we are regularly discussing pedagogical techniques and how we can improve upon the previous semester. It's great to be in a department where everyone is on the same page!

My Favorite Courses to Teach

I actually really love them all. Even when I'm teaching the General Physics class, I'm always learning something new and that keeps things fresh and exciting. 

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2018 - Now Associate Professor Siena College
2012 - 2018 Assistant Professor Siena College
2011 - 2012 Research Associate Northern Illinois University
2008 - 2011 Research Associate Stanford University
2007 - 2008 Research Associate Carnegie Mellon University
2004 - 2004 Lecturer Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2004 - 2007 Post-doctoral Research Associate Carnegie Mellon University
2002 - 2003 Lecturer Siena College
2000 - 2002 AP Physics Tutor Albany Academy High School
2000 - 2002 Physics Tutor SUNY Albany
2000 - 2002 Physics Tutor Williams College
1998 - 1999 Teaching Assistant Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Current Research

Particle physics. I am a member of the CMS collaboration, an experiment consisting of 3000+ physicists, which collects data at the Large Hadron Collider. I am interested in baryon-number violating processes and precision measurements of top-quark differential cross sections. 

I am also a member of the BaBar experiment, which collected data at SLAC from 1999-2008. I am interested in mining the dataset for signs of baryon-number violating processes and searches for hybrid mesons. 

Dark matter. I am working with a group at the University of Chicago to analyze the public dataset of the CoGeNT experiment. This experiment looks for signs of dark matter interacting with their Germanium crystals. 

Cosmology. I collaborate with members of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) to develop solutions for computational challenges facing the Cosmology field. To this end, we are exploring GPUs as a solution. 

Computing. I am interesting in the computational challenges in Science and how we overcome them. To this end, I stay current with the latest trends in High Performance Computing. 

Sports Analytics. The same analysis approaches and tools that I use in Particle Physics and Cosmology can be applied to studying the relationships and metrics in collegiate and professional sports. I work with students to explore and quantify these relationships. 

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Spin an parity measurement of the Λ(1405) baryon
    Physical Review Letters, vol. 112
    February, 2014
  • Measurement of CP-violating asymmetries in B0→(ρπ)0 decays using a time-dependent Dalitz plot analysis
    Physical Review D (Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology), vol. 88
    July, 2013
  • Cosmological calculations on the GPU
    Astronomy and Computing, vol. 1
    2013
  • Searches for the baryon- and lepton-number violating decays B0 → Λ + c ℓ −, B− → Λℓ −, and B− → Λℓ −
    Physical Review D (Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology), vol. 83
    2011
  • Differential cross section and recoil polarization measurements for the γ p → K + reaction using CLAS at Jefferson Lab
    Physical Review C (Nuclear Physics), vol. 81
    2010
  • Differential cross sections and spin density matrix elements for the reaction γp → pω
    Physical Review C (Nuclear Physics), vol. 80
    2009
  • Differential cross sections for the reactions γp → pη and γp → pη′
    Physical Review C (Nuclear Physics), vol. 80
    2009
  • Measurements of the τ mass and the mass difference of the τ+ and τ− at BABAR
    Physical Review D (Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology), vol. 80
    2009
  • Multivariate side-band subtraction using probabilistic event weights
    Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 4
    2009
  • Partial wave analysis of the reaction γp → pω and the search for nucleon resonances
    Physical Review C (Nuclear Physics), vol. 80
    2009
  • The CMU Baryon Amplitude Analysis Program
    Journal of Physics: Conference Series, vol. 69
    2007
  • Search for the Θ + pentaquark in the reactions γp → K¯ 0 K + n and γp → K¯ 0 K 0 p
    Physical Review D (Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology), vol. 74
    2006
  • Search for Θ +(1540) pentaquark in high statistics measurement of γp → K¯ 0 K + n at CLAS
    Phys. Rev. Lett, vol. 96
    2006
  • Search for Θ++ Pentaquarks in the Exclusive Reaction γp → K + K − p
    Phys. Rev. Lett, vol. 97
    2006
  • An Analysis Of γ p → pπ +π − Using The CLAS Detector
    AIP Conference Proceedings, vol. 698
    2003

Awards & Distinctions

  •  Invited to attend Science Hack Day in San Francisco, California as one of eight Science Ambassadoors supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
    Category: Service-Community
    Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, 2014
  • Outstanding Mentor Award
    Category: Teaching
    Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships, 2010
  • Rensselaer Founders Award of Excellence
    Category: Other
    RPI, 2002
  •  Inducted into the honorary physics society, Sigma Pi Sigma, for outstanding scholarship in physics.
    Category: Other
    Sigma Pi Sigma, 2001
  • Walter Eppenstein Teaching Award
    Category: Teaching
    RPI, 2000

Books & Book Chapters

  • The Physics of the B Factories
    Springer-Verlag
    2014

Presentations

  • A search for WIMPs and tests of local dark matter velocity distributions with the Co-GeNT public dataset
    April, 2014
    APS Meeting, Savannah, Georgia
  • Cosmology with the 3-point correlation function on the GPU
    March, 2014
    GPU Technology Conference, San Jose, California
  • Science Hack Day: an opportunity for public engagement, art/science mash-ups, and inspiration
    April, 2013
    APS Meeting, Denver, Colorado
  • GPU-enabled Precision Measurements of the Structure of the Universe
    March, 2013
    GPU Technology Conference, San Jose, California
  • BABAR Results on Lepton Universality and Lepton and Baryon Number Conservation
    July, 2011
    PANIC11, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Outreach tools with real HEP data: challenges and opportunities
    May, 2011
    Workshop on Data Preservation and Long Term Data Analysis in HEP, Batavia, Illinois
  • A search for baryon and lepton number violation in B decays using the BaBar dataset
    March, 2011
    APS Meeting, Anaheim, California
  • D0 - D0 Mixing and CP Asymmetry Measurements at BaBar
    July, 2010
    ICHEP, Paris, France
  • B factories: Leptonic B Decays
    April, 2010
    Lattice QCD Meets Experiment Workshop, Batavia, Illinois
  • A search for baryon and lepton number violation in B decays using the BaBar dataset
    February, 2010
    APS Meeting, Washington, District of Columbia
  • High Energy Physics (HEP) data in education and outreach efforts
    February, 2010
    APS Meeting, Washington, District of Columbia
  • HEP Outlook on Outreach with HEP Data
    December, 2009
    Workshop on Data Preservation and Long Term Data Analysis in HEP, Geneva, Switzerland
  • HEP Data as an Educaion Tool
    May, 2009
    Workshop on Data Preservation and Long Term Data Analysis in HEP, Menlo Park, California
  • Extraction of cross sections for the reaction γp→pπ+π-
    October, 2008
    APS Division of Nuclear Physics, Oakland, California
  • The CMU baryon amplitude analysis program using photoproduction data from Jefferson
    January, 2008
    SLAC Experimental Seminar, Menlo Park, California
  • Current Status of a Coupled-Channel Partial Wave Analysis Using Data from CLAS at Jefferson Lab
    October, 2007
    APS Division of Nuclear Physics, Newport News, Virginia
  • Current Status of a Coupled-Channel Partial Wave Analysis Using Data from CLAS at Jefferson Lab
    September, 2007
    NSTAR, Bonn, Germany
  • The Missing Baryons Problem
    September, 2007
    Old Dominion University Colloquium, Norfolk, Virginia
  • A PWA of pπ+ π- in Photoproduction Using CLAS
    October, 2006
    APS Division of Nuclear Physics, Nashville, Tennessee
  • The CMU Baryon Amplitude Analysis Program
    October, 2006
    APS Topical Group on Hadron Physics, Nashville, Tennessee
  • The CMU Baryon Spectroscopy Program
    February, 2006
    GlueX PWA Workshop, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Ultra-high Energy Cosmic Rays
    April, 2004
    RPI Astrophysics Seminar, Troy, New York
  • A Partial Wave Decomposition of γp→pπ+π-
    March, 2004
    NSTAR, Grenoble, France
  • A Partial Wave Decomposition of γp→ pπ+ π-
    December, 2003
    Caltech Seminar, Pasadena, California
  • Analysis of γp→ pπ+ π-
    May, 2003
    Conference of Intersections of Particle and Nuclear Physics, New York, New York
  • Analysis of γp→ pπ+ π-, 1.3 < W < 2.3 Ge V / c^2
    October, 2002
    APS Division of Nuclear Physics, Lansing, Michigan