My approach is heavily focused on mastering problem-solving skills. I believe physics can only be learned through solving many problems.
I have a Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University and was a physics lecturer at the University of San Diego for 5 years. I have taught thousands of students in the area some of whom have gone to some of the greatest medical and graduate schools in the country.
REZA AFRA (concealed information) (concealed information) San Diego, CA 92108 EDUCATION
Doctorate in Physics, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN 2015
M. Sc. in Physics, University of Isfahan, Iran 2007
B. Sc. in Physics, University of Kashan, Iran 2004
ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
The University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 2016–Present
Developed and taught a Machine Learning course for the Master’s program in healthcare analytics with a focus on pattern-recognition in large & complex datasets as well as predictive modeling.
Educated 1000+ students in optics, electromagnetism & mechanics, with a focus on cultivating talent and instilling a passion for learning thanks to robust mentoring & communication skills. Provided hands-on experience in statistical testing & data analysis.
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2009–2015
Challenged 30-yo scientific consensus by showing the inadequacy of Markovian assumptions for modeling the kinetics of polymer cyclization via proper scientific methodology, in-depth research & experimentation.
Developed Brownian Dynamics Simulations of semiflexible polymer cyclization, predicting dependence of cyclization kinetics on polymer length and hypothesizing cyclization dynamics.
Published the results in top journals and presented a the top conferences
Taught simulation of physical processes via Python.
Requested as a graduate mentor for 2 Ph.D. candidates from Austria & Korea, promoting cross-cultural communication and understanding to encourage continued growth.
Advanced Quantum Mechanics I & II
Advanced Condensed Matter Physics I & II
Advanced Statistical Mechanics
Advanced Mathematical Methods in Physics
Numerical Methods in Physics
R. Afra and B. Todd, “Kinetics of Inter-Segmental Contact in Semiflexible Polymers”. Presented at the American Physical Society March Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 2013.
R. Afra and B. Todd, “DNA Looping Kinetics,” 2013 Biophysical Symposium, West Lafayette, IN, May 2013.
R. Afra and B. Todd, “Kinetics of Loop Formation in Worm-like Chain Polymers,” Journal of Chemical Physics, May 2013.
List of Courses Taught
Mechanics, Electricity, Optics, Thermodynamics
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