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Nick McGreivy
mcgreivy@sas.upenn.edu
(301) 641-0005

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania
• B.A. in Physics; Computer Science and Math minors
• GPA: 3.90; Physics GRE: 990

Philadelphia, PA
Expected May 2017

HONORS AND
AWARDS

2016 Dean’s Scholar: Nine students are selected for their outstanding academic
achievements. Students are nominated by faculty. One of three juniors selected.
Phi Beta Kappa (top 0.5% of junior class)

RESEARCH
EXPERIENCE

SULI Internship at PPPL
June - August 2016
• Used the edge-plasma code UEDGE to model the scrape-off layer of a FieldReversed Configuration (FRC) reactor.
• Wrote a set of scripts to run and analyze UEDGE in batch mode.
• Evaluated the FRC for use as a direct-fusion drive rocket engine. Examined
the effects of power input and gas flow on rocket thrust and specific impulse.
TREND REU at the University of Maryland, College Park
June - August 2015
• Used to particle-in-cell code P3D to investigate the cause of high-energy He3
abundance enhancements in solar flares.
• Found that low-β magnetic reconnection can generate a temperature anisotropy
with T⊥ > Tk .
• Determined that such a temperature anisotropy can generate Alfven-Cyclotron
waves which resonantly heat He3 .
• Proposed a new mechanism for high-energy He3 abundance enhancements produced by impulsive flares.
SNO+ Electronics Laboratory
October 2015 - Present
• Debugged and repaired circuit boards for the SNO+ neutrino detector.
• From Dean’s Scholar recognition ceremony: “He has distinguished himself in
Professor Joshua Klein’s group, quickly learning complex software tools and
schematics while working to solve challenging problems related to the design
and construction of data acquisition electronics for neutrino experiments.”
• Fully repaired two boards and partially repaired two others.

TEACHING
EXPERIENCE

PHYS 101 Learning Assistant (TA)
August - December 2015
• Coached non-majors through the process of solving physics problems. Co-led
three recitations and hosted two office hours per week.
PHYS 150 and 151 Tutor
August 2014 - May 2015
• Individual tutoring sessions five to seven hours per week.
PHYS 230 Tutor
Fall 2016
• Volunteered to tutor two physics majors struggling with PHYS 230.

CONFERENCE
PRESENTATIONS

2016 APS Division of Plasma Physics Meeting, San Jose CA
Nicholas McGreivy, Amir Raja, Eugene Evans, Olivier Izacard, Tom Rognlien, S.A.
Cohen. UEDGE modeling of a small-s FRC reactor’s asymmetric scrape-off-layer
(SOL).
2015 AGU Fall Meeting, San Fransisco CA
Nicholas McGreivy, Marc Swidak, James Drake. A Mechanism for Helium-3 Abundance Enhancements in Solar Flares. Could not attend.

EXTRACURRICULAR
ACTIVITIES

Varsity Track and Field
• Member during 2013-2014 and 2016-2017 seasons
Club Basketball
• Team Founder (2014), Treasurer (2014-15), Co-President (2015-16), President
and Coach (2016-17)


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