Joseph Delmar

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Biophysics and Philosophy Major
Class of 2019

Tell us a little about your current research.

At the University of Scranton, I've done a variety of different computational physics projects. Currently, I'm working with Dr. Juan Serna on using numerical methods to solve the Schrodinger equation for nonlinear systems. At the University of Arkansas, I worked with Dr. Salvador Barazza-Lopez on theoretical/computational solid state physics research. This involved carrying out simulations on the University Arkansas's Trestles supercomputer to see how increased temperature affected the phase transitions of two-dimensional silicene, stanene, and germanene. The results of these simulations were analyzed based on the energy of the system and will be compared to experimental results.

Why did you choose Scranton for your major?

I chose Scranton because when I visited the school the students and faculty made me feel comfortable and showed me what I could accomplish through the department.

I entered Scranton as a biophysics major because I was originally planning on going to medical school after my undergraduate education, but I was also interested in physics. The biophysics major offers a great deal of freedom to take classes that will be relative to the career I plan on pursuing. I have since changed my post-graduation plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics and the openness of the biophysics major has allowed me to do this without making any significant changes.

How has it prepared you for the real world?

My major has helped me form a significant basis in major science classes because it requires I take introductory physics, biology, and chemistry which gives me a strong basis going forward in a scientific career.