ESP Biography

HARRY THAMAN, First year grad student, life long learner!

Major: MatSci

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I do materials science for a living and spend a lot of time thinking about how chemical energy (batteries) get turned into electrical energy (electricity). Now I want to take it a step farther and talk about how energy like electricity, heat, chemical energy and even springs turn that energy into motion.

When not teaching splash classes, I enjoy ice hockey, board games, cooking and reading. I'll also debate anything with anyone - even if I don't know what I'm talking about!

I can also be found in a lab making batteries, outside reading about batteries or telling my friends and family interesting things I've learned (often about batteries)!

Past Classes

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E7447: Let's get moving with motors! in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 16 - 17, 2019)
Have you seen a Tesla and wondered what's going on under the hood? Are you curious how a jet engine works? Do you want to know how fungal spores get around? If so this class is the place for you! This class discusses a variety of engines and motors and how they convert energy of various types into motion. Lecturing will be supplemented with a variety of hands on demos and discussion.

C7282: How low can you go? The smallest thing you can see with a microscope in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
A lot of modern science requires the ability to see very small things - cells, diseases, transistors to name just a few. But most of these things are far to small to see with your eye so other techniques are needed. In this class we'll discuss optical microscopes, electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes and specialty techniques for 3D imaging. No previous knowledge required.

S6861: Risk and Reward! in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Want to understand how the prices of stocks get chosen? Like strategy games? Are you interested in participating in a simulation of the stock market? If so, this is the class for you. This class is based off an activity designed by Salman Khan the creator of Khan academy. Over the course of 2 hours, 5 students will play against each other in the board game Risk. Everyone else will get to participate in a stock market simulation where the value of the stocks is tied to the outcome of the game. Strategize your way to victory or bid your way to wealth and fame. (No experience with Risk or the Stock Market required. No actual wealth available from winning. Fame may be extremely minor. Should be a great time regardless!)

H6061: Mob Bosses and Boss Mobs: An introduction to game theory in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Ever wondered what the mafia and EPA have in common? How about why big stores promise to "match prices"? And what does this have to do with competitive rock-paper-scissors competitions? All of these are problems that deal with "game theory", a branch of economics. But don't worry! It's really approachable and you'll get to participate in a bunch of activities with your classmates. Notes: This is about "game theory" which is different than "games" - sorry to disappoint! It also draws on math concepts but no math knowledge is required.