M.E. Irizarry-Gelpí

Physics impostor. Mathematics interloper. Husband. Father.

About


Here is my curriculum vitae. It was last updated on March 29 2022.

Contact Information

Name: Melvin Eloy Irizarry-Gelpí

Name Pronunciation:

  • Eloy: "eh-loy" (rhymes with "a toy")
  • Irizarry: "eerie-czar-ree"
  • Gelpí: "hell-pee"

Location: Yonkers, NY

Email: melvineloy AT gmail DOT com

Languages

  • Spanish (first language)
  • English (fluent)

Computer Skills

  • Basic: Altair, Git, Google Sheets, Julia, Keras, Matplotlib, Pandas, PySpark, R, SciPy, Seaborn, Sublime Text, Ubuntu Linux, Visual Studio Code
  • Intermediate: Go, Jupyter, LaTeX, Markdown, Mathematica, NumPy, Pelican, Python

Education

  • 8/2013 Ph.D. in Physics Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY
  • 5/2012 M.A. in Physics Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY
  • 5/2006 B.S. in Physics University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez - Mayagüez, PR

Online Education

  • 9/2018 Deep Learning Fundamentals with Keras IBM - edX
  • 4/2018 Quantum Information Science I, Part 3 MITx - edX
  • 3/2018 Introduction to C# Microsoft - edX
  • 3/2018 Quantum Information Science I, Part 2 MITx - edX
  • 2/2018 Quantum Information Science I, Part 1 MITx - edX
  • 7/2015 Scalable Machine Learning BerkeleyX - edX
  • 7/2015 Introduction to Big Data with Apache Spark BerkeleyX - edX
  • 10/2014 Introduction to Linux LinuxFoundationX - edX
  • 2/2014 Bioinformatics Algorithms UCSD - Coursera
  • 4/2013 Introduction to Statistics: Probability BerkeleyX - edX
  • 2/2013 Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics BerkeleyX - edX
  • 9/2012 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming MITx - edX

Summer Schools

  • 6/2012 Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards and Security in the 21st Century Brookhaven National Laboratory - Brookhaven, NY
  • 7/2010 Prospects in Theoretical Physics Institute for Advanced Study - Princeton, NJ

Professional Development

  • 4/2019 Vernier Training in Westchester County Vernier - Tarrytown, NY

Research Experience

  • 8/2008 - 8/2013 Research Assistant C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics - Stony Brook, NY

Computed four-point scattering amplitudes at strong coupling by using two-body path integrals in the semiclassical eikonal approximation. The results exhibit the spectrum of two-body bound states. Advisor: Warren Siegel.

  • 6/2006 - 8/2006 Undergraduate Research Assistant Stanford Linear Accelerator Center - Menlo Park, CA

Developed an apparatus for assembling nanofluidic samples to be used in X-ray experiments with liquid water. Advisor: Aaron Lindenberg.

  • 5/2005 - 8/2005 Undergraduate Research Assistant National Institute of Standards and Technology - Gaithersburg, MD

Helped build an optical trap to study molecular dynamics during chemical reactions involving biomolecules. Advisor: Lori Goldner.

Writing Experience

  • PHYS 207L Data Analysis Guide

Author: M.E. Irizarry-Gelpí GitHub

  • PHYS 208L Data Analysis Guide

Author: M.E. Irizarry-Gelpí GitHub

  • Non-Perturbative Four-Point Scattering from First-Quantized Relativistic JWKB

Authors: M.E. Irizarry-Gelpí and W. Siegel. arXiv:1604.04450

  • Eikonal Scattering at Strong Coupling

Author: M.E. Irizarry-Gelpí. Doctoral dissertation. GitHub

  • Development of Nanofluidic Cells for Ultrafast X-ray Studies of Water

Author: M.E. Irizarry-Gelpí and A. Lindenberg. inspirehep.net

Teaching Experience

  • 1/2022 - 5/2022 Introduction to Electromagnetism, Light and Modern Physics (General Physics without Calculus) Sarah Lawrence College - Yonkers, NY

Seminar offering an introduction to physics with a focus on electromagnetism and light. About 7 students.

  • 1/2022 - 5/2022 General Physics II Lecture College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lecturer for one section of the second part of a two-semester general physics lecture for science majors with a total of 27 students. Adjusted to remote teaching during a pandemic.

  • 1/2022 - 5/2022 General Physics II Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lab instructor for two sections of the second part of a two-semester physics laboratory with a total of 27 students.

  • 9/2021 - 12/2021 Classical and Quantum Waves Sarah Lawrence College - Yonkers, NY

Seminar offering an overview of oscillations, vibrations, classical waves, and solutions of the Schrödinger equation. About 7 students.

  • 9/2021 - 12/2021 Introduction to Mechanics (General Physics without Calculus) Sarah Lawrence College - Yonkers, NY

Seminar offering an introduction to physics with a focus on motion. About 15 students.

  • 9/2021 - 12/2021 General Physics I Lecture College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lecturer for one section of the first part of a two-semester general physics lecture for science majors with a total of 33 students.

  • 9/2021 - 12/2021 General Physics I Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lab instructor for two sections of the first part of a two-semester physics laboratory with a total of 33 students.

  • 1/2021 - 5/2021 General Physics II Lecture College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lecturer for one section of the second part of a two-semester general physics lecture for science majors with a total of 33 students. Adjusted to remote teaching during a pandemic.

  • 1/2021 - 5/2021 General Physics II Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lab instructor for two sections of the second part of a two-semester physics laboratory with a total of 33 students.

  • 9/2020 - 12/2020 General Physics I Lecture College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lecturer for one section of the first part of a two-semester general physics lecture for science majors with a total of 38 students. Part of the semester was in person, and part was remote.

  • 9/2020 - 12/2020 General Physics I Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lab instructor for two sections of the first part of a two-semester physics laboratory with a total of 38 students. Developed slides for pre-laboratory presentations. Part of the semester was in person, and part was remote.

  • 1/2020 - 5/2020 General Physics II Lecture College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lecturer for one section of the second part of a two-semester general physics lecture for science majors with a total of 34 students. Adjusted to remote teaching during a pandemic.

  • 1/2020 - 5/2020 General Physics II Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lab instructor for two sections of the second part of a two-semester physics laboratory with a total of 34 students.

  • 9/2019 - 12/2019 Engineering Physics 2 Westchester Community College - Valhalla, NY

Instructor for lecture, laboratory, and workshop of the second part of a two-semester engineering physics course for engineering majors.

  • 8/2019 - 12/2019 General Physics I Lecture College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lecturer for one section of the first part of a two-semester general physics lecture for science majors with a total of 42 students.

  • 8/2019 - 12/2019 General Physics I Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lab instructor for two sections of the first part of a two-semester physics laboratory with a total of 42 students.

  • 1/2019 - 5/2019 General Physics II Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lab instructor for two sections of the second part of a two-semester physics laboratory with a total of 21 students. Formalized and expanded data analysis guides into a full text, shared freely with all students.

  • 8/2018 - 12/2018 General Physics I Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lab instructor for two sections of the first part of a two-semester physics laboratory with a total of 26 students. Formalized and expanded data analysis guides into a full text, shared freely with all students.

  • 1/2018 - 5/2018 General Physics II Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Lab instructor for two sections of the second part of a two-semester physics laboratory with a total of 23 students.

  • 10/2017 - 12/2017 General Physics I Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Served as an emergency replacement lab instructor for two sections of the first part of a two-semester physics laboratory with a total of 29 students. Performed experiments on mechanics (motion on an incline, collisions, centripetal force, and simple harmonic motion). Provided students with data analysis spreadsheets and notes to enable the analysis of data collected with various sensors, including linear and quadratic fits, and graphical visualizations. Prepared and administered two written examinations.

  • 8/2017 - 12/2017 Introductory Physics College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Taught a one-semester course on introductory physics for science majors to a total of 8 students.

  • 8/2017 - 12/2017 Introductory Physics Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

The laboratory component for the lecture above.

  • 1/2017 - 5/2017 The Physical Universe: How Things Work College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Taught two sections of a one-semester course on introductory physics for non-science majors to a total of 48 students.

  • 8/2016 - 12/2016 Introductory Physics College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

Taught a one-semester course on introductory physics for science majors to a total of 13 students. Topics included motion, fluids, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Provided students with six problem sets that included many original problems along with problems assigned from the course's textbook. Each lecture was in a presentation format with slides that were mostly build from scratch for this course based on the textbook. Some lectures were complemented with online videos of demonstrations of physical phenomena. I was also responsible for preparing three exams (and a final comprehensive exam).

  • 8/2016 - 12/2016 Introductory Physics Laboratory College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bronx, NY

The laboratory component for the lecture above. Experiments on error analysis, motion on an incline; Newton's first, second, and third laws of motion; kinetic energy, simple harmonic motion, electrostatics; resistors, capacitors and inductors; mirrors, and lenses. Provided students with data analysis spreadsheets and notes to enable the analysis of data collected from various sensors, including histograms, linear and quadratic fits, and graphical visualizations. Prepared and administered two written examinations.

  • 4/2014 - 5/2014 Informal Advanced Seminar Wesleyan University - Middletown, CT

Taught an informal seminar for graduate students that met weekly five times for three hours to discuss advanced topics in high-energy physics including: quantum field theory, Yang-Mills theory and the Standard Model, supersymmetry and supergravity, and string theory and the AdS/CFT correspondence.

  • 9/2013 - 5/2014 Visiting Scholar in Physics Wesleyan University - Middletown, CT

Assisted in the teaching of a graduate course on quantum mechanics with about 10 students. Duties included developing homeworks, midterm exams, and final exams.

  • 8/2012 - 12/2012 Teaching Assistant Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY

Assisted in the teaching of a graduate course on group theory for physicists with about 40 students. Duties included grading homeworks, typing homeworks, solutions, and lecture notes, and keeping a course website.

  • 7/2011 Physics Instructor Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) - Stony Brook, NY

Lectured on projectile motion and Newton's laws of motion to a group of about 20 incoming students. Prepared homework sets.

  • 8/2006 - 8/2008 Teaching Assistant Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY

Assisted in the teaching of laboratories for general physics courses, with about 25 students per section, during the fall, spring, and summer terms.

  • 2/2004 - 4/2004 Middle School Math Tutor Escuela Manuel A. Barreto - Mayagüez, PR

After school math tutoring to two groups of about 4 students for an hour with each group. This program was organized by math faculty of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.

  • 1/2004 - 5/2006 Undergraduate Math Tutor University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez - Mayagüez, PR

Tutor undergraduates in mathematics for ten hours per week during fall, spring, and summer terms. Topics included pre-calculus, calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra.

Speaking Experience

  • 4/2014 Physics Colloquium Wesleyan University - Middletown, CT

Colloquium talk about my graduate research. The audience included faculty and students.

  • 4/2013 A (Very) Brief Introduction to Twistors Yale University - New Haven, CT

Guest half lecture at a graduate course on conformal field theory.

  • 2/2013 The Secret Life of Interacting Quantum Particles Center for Inclusive Education - Stony Brook, NY

Talk at the Research Café series, where speakers present their research to a very diverse audience of scholars.

  • 4/2011 Introduction to Supersymmetry and Superspace Yale University - New Haven, CT

Talk at the physics graduate student seminar, organized by the Yale physics graduate students.

  • 8/2008 - 7/2013 Advanced Graduate Theory Seminar C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics - Stony Brook, NY

During the course of multiple semesters I gave three seminar talks to graduate students. Topics included supersymmetry in four spacetime dimensions, D-branes in string theory, and dual conformal symmetry.

  • 8/2006 - 5/2007 Physics Graduate Seminar Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY

During the course of one year I gave two seminar talks to graduate students as part of a course requirement. Topics were the experimental search for supersymmetry, and the optical angular momentum of light.

Awards

  • 1/2013 - 8/2013 Turner Dissertation Fellowship Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY
  • 8/2006 - 6/2011 W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY
  • 5/2006 Enrico Fermi Physics Prize University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez - Mayagüez, PR