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Python, C++, Engineer, Algorithms, Optimization, Simulation, Modeling

San Jose, California, United States
August 24, 2018

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Jonathan Essen

Santa Barbara, CA

(818) 400–9264

Career Objective

To make the best possible use of my background in scientific computing, physical modeling, numerical simulation, optimization, control, and dynamical systems. I recently completed my Ph.D. in Physics at UC Santa Barbara, where I collaborated with an experimental Terahertz physics research group. I additionally collaborated with an applied mathematics research group based in Madrid, Spain. Prior to graduate school, I developed trajectory design algorithms as an intern at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. With the recent completion of my formal education in theoretical and computational physics, I look forward to beginning the next chapter of my professional career. Education and Experience

2013–2017 Ph.D., Physics, UC Santa Barbara

Advisors: Mark Sherwin (Experimental Physics)

Björn Birnir (Applied Mathematics)

Projects: (1.) Modeling a Terahertz (far-infrared) sensor.

(2.) Characterizing chaotic oscillations in semiconductor superlattices.

(3.) Simulating open boundary conditions for mixed quantum systems. 2007–2011 M.A., Physics, UC Santa Barbara, GPA: 3.6/4.0 2008 Mentor, JPL Team, Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) Program, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA 2007 Research Assistant, Caltech / Jet Propulsion Laboratory (with Martin Lo)

– Developed single- and multiple-shooting algorithms for trajectory optimization. 2007 GRE: 800/800 Math, 640/800 Verbal.

2006 JPL Team Member, RIPS program, IPAM at UCLA

2002–2006 B.S., Mathematics and Physics, Principia College, Elsah, IL, GPA: 3.8/4.0

– Four-year scholarship based on high school academic and athletic record.

– Mathematics and Physical Sciences Awards: Presented to top student in each major.

– Solar Car Team: Year-long preparation for 2003 American Solar Challenge.

(We placed 5th among 30 top US engineering schools in the Chicago–LA race.) Publications

– J. Essen, M. Ruiz-Garcia, I. Jenkins, M. Carretero, L. L. Bonilla, and B. Birnir,

“Parameter dependence of high-frequency nonlinear oscillations and intrinsic chaos in short GaAs/(Al, Ga)As superlattices,” Chaos 28, 043107 (2018).

– M. Ruiz-Garcia, J. Essen, M. Carretero, L. L. Bonilla, and B. Birnir, “Enhancing chaotic behavior at room temperature in GaAs/(Al,Ga)As superlattices,” Phys. Rev. B 95, 085204 (2017). Areas of Interest

Electromagnetic sensors, semiconductor heterostructures, high-frequency electronics, nano- and mesoscale electronics, electro-optical interactions, quantum systems, optimization and control, modeling and simulation, stochastic modeling, scientific computing, nonlinear phenomena, data analysis and visualization, technical writing, C/C++, Python, MATLAB

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