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Here I have chosen to assemble various personal records such as may be of interest to potential employers or sponsors. I intend to post and keep up-to-date my transcripts, course evaluations, and a web-sanitized version of my résumé/CV (contact me for the real deal). This content primarily serves as filler, but I keep it around just in case the employer of a lifetime should chance to stumble upon it.

Résumé/CV

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Cornell University (2008-present)

Graduate School, Department of Physics
Units: 44, GPA: 3.905

Fall 2013

Class Description Units Grade
LING 2238 Introduction to Welsh 4 V (Audit)

GRA: Numerical Relativity (Advisor: Saul A. Teukolsky)

Spring 2013

Class Description Units Grade
ASTRO 6523 Signal Modeling, Statistical Inference & Data Mining in Astrophysics 4 V (Audit)

GRA: Numerical Relativity (Advisor: Saul A. Teukolsky)

Fall 2012

GRA: Numerical Relativity (Advisor: Saul A. Teukolsky)

Spring 2012

GRA: Numerical Relativity (Advisor: Saul A. Teukolsky)

TA Assignment: PHYS 2208: Fundamentals of Physics II

Fall 2011

Class Description Units Grade
CEE 6300 Spectral Methods for Incompressible Environmental Flows 4 V (Audit)

GRA: Numerical Relativity (Advisor: Saul A. Teukolsky)

Spring 2011

Class Description Units Grade
ASTRO 6531 Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics 4 A

TA Assignment: PHYS 1203: Physics of Heaven and Earth

Fall 2010

Class Description Units Grade
ASTRO 6560 Theory of Stellar Structure and Evolution 4 A

GRA: Numerical Relativity (Advisor: Saul A. Teukolsky)

Spring 2010

Class Description Units Grade
ASTRO 6599 Cosmology 4 V (Audit)
LING 2236 Introduction to Gaelic 4 A
PHYS 6562 Statistical Physics 4 A-

TA Assignment: PHYS 2208: Fundamentals of Physics II

Fall 2009

Class Description Units Grade
ASTRO 6525 Radio & Radar Astronomy 4 V (Audit)
PHYS 6525 Physics of Black Holes, White Dwarfs, and Neutron Stars 4 A
PHYS 7635 Solid State Physics I 3 V (Audit)
PHYS 7651 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I 3 A-

GRA: Numerical Relativity (Advisor: Saul A. Teukolsky)

Spring 2009

Class Description Units Grade
PHYS 6510 Advanced Experimental Physics 3 A+
PHYS 6554 General Relativity II 4 A
PHYS 6574 Applications of Quantum Mechanics II 4 A
WRIT 7101 Writing in the Majors Seminar 1 SX

TA Assignment: PHYS 1204: Physics of Musical Sound

Fall 2008

Class Description Units Grade
PHYS 6553 General Relativity I 4 A
PHYS 6561 Classical Electrodynamics 3 B
PHYS 7682 Computational Methods for Nonlinear Systems 3 A
PHYS 7684 Teaching and Learning Physics 1 SX

TA Assignment: PHYS 2207: Fundamentals of Physics I

University of Maryland, College Park (2004-2008)

Credits: 206, GPA: 3.978

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science: Physics (High Honors)
  • Bachelor of Science: Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science: Astronomy (High Honors)

Spring 2008

Course ID Course Title Credits Grade
ASTR399 Honors Research Seminar 1 A+
HONR219D On Beyond Dinosaurs: Patterns and Enigmas in Vertebrate Evolution 3 A
MATH475 Combinatorics and Graph Theory 3 A+
PHYS404 Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics 3 A
PHYS405 Advanced Experiments 3 A+
PHYS499G Special Problems in Physics: Seminar in Superstring/M-Theory: DNA of Reality 3 A+

Fall 2007

Course ID Course Title Credits Grade
ASTR399 Honors Research Seminar 2 A+
ASTR422 Cosmology 3 A
HONR208E J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century 3 A
PHYS622 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I 4 A
PHYS675 Introduction to Relativity, Gravitation, and Cosmology 3 A

Spring 2007

Course ID Course Title Credits Grade
ASTR320 Theoretical Astrophysics 3 A+
ASTR415 Computational Astrophysics 3 A+
ASTR498D Problem Solving in Astrophysics 1 P
MATH404 Field Theory 3 A-
MATH456 Cryptology 3 A+
PHYS410 Classical Mechanics 4 A+

Fall 2006

Course ID Course Title Credits Grade
ASTR310 Observational Astronomy 3 A+
ENGL398V Topics in Professional Writing: Writing about the Environment 3 A+
HIST224 Modern Military History, 1494-1815 3 A+
MATH299B Putnam Express 1 A
MATH432 Introduction to Topology 3 A-
PHYS411 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism 4 A

Spring 2006

Course ID Course Title Credits Grade
ASTR121 Introductory Astrophysics II: Stars and Beyond 4 A+
HONR208S The Ancient Roman City 3 A-
MATH410 Advanced Calculus I 3 A+
PHYS374 Intermediate Theoretical Methods 4 A+
PHYS375 Experimental Physics III: Electromagnetic Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics 3 B+
PHYS402 Quantum Physics II 4 A

Fall 2005

Course ID Course Title Credits Grade
ASTR120 Introductory Astrophysics I: Solar System 3 A
HONR219Z Languages of the World 3 A+
MATH299B Putnam Express 1 A
MATH403 Introduction to Abstract Algebra 3 A
MATH406 Introduction to Number Theory 3 A
PHYS276 Experimental Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 2 A
PHYS401 Quantum Physics I 4 A+

Spring 2005

Course ID Course Title Credits Grade
AMSC466 Introduction to Numerical Analysis 3 A
ANTH240 Introduction to Archaeology 3 A
HONR200 Honors Research Colloquium 1 A
HONR259C Topics in Dinosaur Research 3 A+
MATH341 Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations II 4 A+
PHYS273H Introductory Physics: Waves 3 A
PHYS275 Experimental Physics I: Mechanics and Heat 2 A+
PHYS299 Special Problems in Physics 1 A
UNIV111 Leaders for Tomorrow Colloquium 0 S

Fall 2004

Course ID Course Title Credits Grade
GERM103 Intensive Elementary German 4 A+
HIST111H The Medieval World 3 A
MATH340 Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations I 4 A
MUSC229U University Band 1 A
PHYS174 Physics Lab Introduction 1 A+
PHYS272H Introductory Physics: Fields 3 A+
UNIV110 Leaders for Tomorrow Colloquium 0 S

Course Evaluations

Below are excerpts from course evaluations completed by my students. I am incredibly honored to have received such positive feedback and hope to continually improve my teaching with each new course to which I am assigned. Though I have not reproduced the more critical comments here, rest assured that I have read them even more carefully than these and will do what I can to incorporate their advice in my future classes.

(Note: I have assumed that, being anonymous, I am allowed to publicly reproduce these comments on my teaching. If this is not the case, and these records are meant to be kept confidential, please let me know and I will remove them immediately.)

Physics 1204 (Spring 2009)

  • “Curran has been one of the best TAs I’ve ever had. He is clear, articulate, funny, hard-working, and just a downright friendly guy.”
  • “Curran is always helpful, nice, and available. He always worked hard to help us understand material, and gave back assignments very quickly.”
  • “Curran was an excellent TA. Always organized, well-prepared, and willing to answer our questions. :)”
  • “Curran was great. I feel that he worked well with both the students who understood easily, and the ones who didn’t.”

Physics 2207 (Fall 2008)

  • “My lab instructor was GREAT, he was clear and enthusiastic despite the fact that we met at 8am.”
  • “Curran is a one of the best TA's I have had at Cornell. He is extremely helpful, kind, and knows the material very well. I have really enjoyed having him as my lab TA.”
  • “The instructor was the best TA I have ever had. I wrote a letter of recommendation for him to receive the Arts & Sciences teaching assistant award. He was enthusiastic, helpful, and supportive of us.”
  • “Very good TA- was able to answer all questions in a simple way”
  • “Curran is one of the best TAs I have had here at Cornell. He was enthusiastic about the material and was very good at communicating it in a clear and comprehensive manner. Having section with him really helped me to learn and understand the material taught in lecture, and he was genuinely interested in answering questions. He did a great job.”
  • “Curran was the best TA I have had at Cornell, hands down. He was always helpful. He could explain physics quickly and in a way that was totally understandable. (Unlike my other physics TA.) He was always patient and respectable, on time and prepared. He created an environment that was safe to ask questions in. He never strait out told us an answer, always asked why we thought the way we did. Clarified what was unclear in lecture. Curran is probably the main reason why I passed physics class and why I am thinking about taking more physics classes. The great thing is that everyone else in his section class feels the same way. Please give Curran some type of award or promotion or something, because he put a lot of time into helping undergraduates actually enjoy physics.”
  • “Curran was VERY nice and always willing to help.”
  • “Curran was very knowledgeable and very patient and willing to help.”
  • “Excellent TA, one of the best I’ve had at Cornell.”
  • “He was a great teacher, and knew how to break things down for people who are not physics oriented”
  • “very knowledgable and well-organized; approachable and helpful for any questions”
  • “He was an excellent TA. He gave good explanations, made effective analogies, and tried to give us an intuitive feel for the material. He also seemed very enthusiastic about physics. If Curran taught next semester, I would take his recitation.”
  • “He’s a great guy. He really tries to help us out with the material and is really good at explaining everything to us in an understandable fashion.”
  • “There are too many bests to descibe. Probably the one that everyone clearly remembers is when he explained that tao had a similar concept to half-life in SHM. It only took about 2 minutes, and when he was done there was a resounding "Ooohhh" from everyone in the class because what the professor really confused us on was so simple when explained the way Curran explained it. … Anyway, the bottom line is that Curran helped us both individually and as a class. Oh. And the rocket problems were always fun. He created very good quizes as well. Difficult, but good. … I got really lucky to get such a good TA. Thanks very much.”