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Kirk Wallace

Physics Sim Developer

 

 


As a physicist, I love solving problems
As a software engineer, I love solving every problem only once
As a mathematician, I love optimizing the solution


Professional Background

CCHMC

Developmental disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can greatly impact a child’s (and adult’s) ability to learn and coupe with new tasks or environments. We combine multiple neurophysiology techniques in an effort to study how ASD affects the brain. We believe this multi-modal method will be critical in understanding and ultimately reducing ASD in children.

“Kirk tends to be a high energy, high innovation team member who throws himself wholeheartedly at the task at hand. Kirk is at his best when presented with enigmas in which his out-of-the-box thinking serves him well.” – Dr. Ernest Pedapati (PI)

CREAM

The Cosmic Ray Energetics And Mass (CREAM) experiment detects high energy cosmic ray nuclei. Cosmic Rays are highly energized charged particles (in this case we are interested in the nuclei of atoms). I helped build particle based statistical simulations of the cosmic rays traveling through a virtual version of the CREAM detectors.

“[Kirk] brought a strong work ethic, exemplary organizational skills, unique mechanical abilities, energy, and creativity to his work, and his contributions were numerous and valuable” – Scott Nutter (NKU Research Director)


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CREST

The Cosmic Ray Electron Synchrotron Telescope (CREST) is a multi-university balloon experiment that detects high energy (>2TeV) cosmic ray electrons. CREST probes local sources of cosmic rays because energy loss mechanisms such as inverse Compton scattering and Synchrotron radiation effectively set a limit on how far cosmic ray electrons can travel before becoming less energetic than 2TeV. I helped overhaul the geometry file to include all major frame components, and more accurate measurements of the sensitive detectors.

“He has an infectious energy and love for learning. He is a hard worker who always gives his best effort!” – Dr. Kristi Haik

Interstellar Medium

Cosmic rays impact star formation by ionizing gas, influence planet formation in the disks around young stars and affect the formation of molecules in the interstellar medium (ISM). Cosmic rays are accelerated by the turbulent magnetic fields that permeate the ISM. In order to better understand cosmic ray propagation through the ISM, it is important to have an accurate magnetic field model. I helped develop a technique for assessing the chaotic behavior of any magnetic field model.

Side Projects


WebGL

Recently in an effort to combine my love of physics and algorithms with graphics I have been creating applications with WebGL. This section is where I put my WebGL projects when they are finished.

Creative Background

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