Wow. Here is your chance to say, "I knew him when. . . ." :) My name is John Styers, and after four years of only moderately-lucrative time spent in industry, I decided to travel to the United States' only arctic university, and pursue a PhD.
I am presently working on a parallel 3-D simulation code that simulates magnetospheric-ionospheric interaction.
From a "by-product" (for lack of a better word) of the code, one can generate "simulated aurora." Please note that the following two pictures are generated entirely from simulation results. (These were generated by visualization routines written by Eric Adamson.)
And here are some pictures generated by our local visualization genius, Dr. Jon Genetti of ARSC (Artic Region Supercomputing Center). These were also generated entirely from simulation results.
And if so inclined, one can click here to download a PostScript file of my presentation for AGU 2002. *WARNING* this is a HUGE file (>20 MBytes (!)). (This poster received an OSPA (outstanding student paper award).)
Isn't modern technology great? Click here to download a copy of the final project from my second masters [degree]. Please note that the file is rather large (~7.7 MBytes)---and is in postscript format. I don't deal with crappy microsoft formats---and neither should you. ;)
It took me--quite literally--four (4) years (!!) to find this site. On the off chance that you are in the same boat, here is the link to just about any space physics acronym that you (or anybody else, for that matter :) ) could dream up: http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/community/bag.html.
So what is this deal about "doctoral hats?"
A life-long interest--nay, fixation--with the aurora (The Aurora RULES!!), tornadoes, and RHINOCEROSES!! -And I have more modest interests in: Baroque music, the far north, and the very promising field of parallel computation.
2000 - 2004 University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska
Masters of Science in Computational Physics
4.0 Grade Point Average
1995 - 1996 Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, England
First Year of Ph.D. (Theoretical Atomic Physics)
Double Upper First Class Honours
1993 - 1995 SUNY-Binghamton, Binghamton, New York
Masters of Science in Theoretical Physics
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
1989 - 1992 Rochester Institute of Technology, Henrietta, New York
Bachelor in Science (Physics)
1987 - 1989 Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York
Associate in Science
Summary of Graduate Research Projects:
The first Masters Thesis was on the modeling of macroscopic properties of electrorheological fluids (fluids which change their viscosity by several orders of magnitude upon the application of an electric field) by considering their microscopic interactions.
The two PhD research topics (at Royal Holloway) were the implementation of an improved fitting strategy to atomic energy levels and the study of Supersymmetry effects in doubly ionized helium.
The second Masters Thesis dealt with the explicit parallelization of a 3-D Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling Code.
Sensitive Materials Security Clearance
National Agency Check
2002 AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award
2004 Invited Seminar Speaker, Imperial College, University of London
C.T. Elvey Memorial Fund scholarship recipient (2005-2006 academic year)
Sigma Pi Sigma, Mensa, American Geophysical Union
In case you wondered about the picture. . . .
The above is a picture of me wading in the Arctic Ocean. Being there, represented a bit of a dream come true for me--as I had wanted to walk on the shore(s) of theArctic Ocean for (over) fifteen years. The only thing behind me is the North Pole, 1,630 miles away--significantly closer than Vancover.
And perhaps against my better judgment, here is a link to my personal web page.