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Jonas Powell

Alumni of Wesleyan University
Vermonter, physics & astrophysics student, photographer.
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Jonas Powell Earns a MA Degree from Wesleyan University

At the 187th Commencement ceremony on May 26, Jonas Powell earned a MA degree in Astronomy from Wesleyan University.

May, 31 2019 - Verified by Wesleyan University
Jonas Powell Earns BA Degree From Wesleyan University

Jonas Powell earned a BA degree in Astronomy from Wesleyan University at the Commencement ceremony on May 27.

June, 06 2018 - Verified by Wesleyan University
Jonas Powell was recognized for a research project/grant
In the fall of 2017, I was honored to receive all three grants offered by the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, funded by NASA, to help with my research on protoplanetary disks under Professor Meredith Hughes. The first was a travel grant, allowing me to go to the American Astronomical Society's January 2018 meeting in DC; the second was a scholarship for my Wesleyan tuition, and the third was a direct grant for my expenses.
Fall 2017 - Added by Jonas
The Wesleyan Argus
Fall 2014 - Spring 2017 - Wesleyan University
Tutor at the Scientific Computation and Informatics Center (SCIC) at Wesleyan University

I help students with the computation-based work, ranging from classwork to independent research to theses. I am the Center's token scientist, so my focus is on providing assistance with Wesleyan's high-performance computing cluster (HPCC), modeling in Python and C, and Mathematica-based analysis.

September 2017 - Present
Tutor at Scientific Computing and Informatics Center at Wesleyan University
I help students with their coding-related questions for classes, research, and theses, offering support for work with Python, Mathematica, C, Unix, and Wesleyan's high-performance computing cluster (HPCC).
September 2017 - Present
Undergraduate Researcher at Wesleyan University
I work under Professor Meredith Hughes using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) to observe and characterize disks in the Orion Nebula at radio wavelengths. We study these disks because we believe that our solar system was formed in a high-mass star forming region such as Orion, but only since the advent of ALMA have we had the observational resolution and sensitivity required to access such regions. By better understanding the disks in Orion, we will be able to look for systematic differences between these disks in high-mass regions and compare the results to those in (the much nearer and more thoroughly studied) low-mass regions. My work integrates large-scale data analysis and manipulation through Python with conceptual astrophysics, teaching me to rapidly develop and test various models to fit my data.
January 2017 - Present
Wesleyan Photographer at Wesleyan University
Athletic Department: I shoot Wesleyan athletic events for use in Wesleyan's marketing, on the official athletic department website, and in each sport's season programs. Work published extensively on athletic department website, social media pages, game-day and season-long programs, in advertising content, and in alumni magazine. Wesleyan Argus: Head of photo operations, managing shot lists, leading a team of photographers, and finalizing content for every issue, twice a week, for the last five semesters
September 2015 - Present
Freelance Photographer at Jonas Powell Photography
Extensive shooting and event coverage, both in high school and college, ranging from over a dozen high school senior portraits and weddings to Bernie Sander's campaign announcement to professional baseball.
September 2011 - Present
N-Body Simulator for Planetary Systems
In the fall of 2017, I developed an n-body simulator in Python for my astronomy class on exoplanets. In it, I developed both a brute-force method and a Barnes-Hut gridded implementation.
Software Projects
AAS Winter 2018 Poster Presentation
I was given the opportunity to present initial findings for my research at the January '18 meeting of the American Astronomical Society

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