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ESP Biography



KATHERINE SYTWU, ESP Teacher




Major: Applied Physics

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a PhD candidate in the Applied Physics department, currently doing research on how light interacts with particles at the nanoscale and how these interactions can guide chemical reactions. I did my undergrad at Rutgers where I double majored in physics and math, and then decided to move to the west coast for graduate school for a new experience. When I'm not in lab, I enjoy finding new hobbies and hiking around the bay area.



Past Classes

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C6881: The Science of Color in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Where does color come from? In our everyday lives, we get color just by adding dyes, pigments, and inks to things, but have you ever wondered how we get those colors in the first place? We'll first examine color at the molecular level in the dyes and pigments we use everyday. Next, we'll explore how pearls and peacock feathers get their beautiful iridescent colors and play around with how the effect works. Come learn how color works all around us!


M6906: Graph Theory in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
What do maps, Facebook, and power grids all have in common? They can be studied with graph theory! These aren't the graphs you're used to - instead, these graphs help us study things that have connections with one another. In this class, we'll learn about some basic concepts in graph theory and how it can be applied to problems in our daily lives.


M6460: Graph Theory in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
What do maps, Facebook, and power grids all have in common? They can be studied with graph theory! These aren't the graphs you're used to - instead, these graphs help us study things that have connections with one another. In this class, we'll learn about some basic concepts in graph theory and how it can be applied to problems in our daily lives.


C6522: Nanotechnology: Small Science With Big Impact in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
What is nanotechnology? Learn how nanotechnology can create beautiful colors, improve solar cells, and treat diseases!


C6529: The Science of Color in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Where does color come from? In our everyday lives, we get color just by adding dyes, pigments, and inks to things, but have you ever wondered how we get those colors in the first place? We'll examine color on the molecular level and see how changes in a molecule result in changes in what we see. Finally, we'll scale up a bit and talk about how material structure can also create different colors.


C6137: Nanotechnology: Small Science with a Big Impact in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
What is nanotechnology? It's found in our things all around us, from sunscreen to odor-resistant fabric to medieval stained glass. Learn how nanoscience can improve solar cells, cure cancer, filter water, and more!


C6138: What's so Super about Superconductors? in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Superconductors promise better electronics, less energy waste, and even levitating trains! Come see a superconductor in action and learn why physicists continue studying this exotic material.


M5613: Graph Theory in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
What do maps, Facebook, and power grids all have in common? They can be studied with graph theory! These aren't the graphs you're used to - instead, these graphs help us study things that are connected to one other. In this class, we'll learn about some basic concepts in graph theory and how it can be applied to problems in our daily lives.


L5761: Crocheting in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Learn how to crochet! We'll learn and practice some of the basic stitches - you'll have the skills to make a scarf by the end of class!


C5168: The Science of Invisibility in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
Harry Potter has an invisibility cloak - can we make one, too? This class will explore the basic science behind invisibility through a series of interactive demos, and we'll explain how they work. We will also talk about some of the cutting edge research being done on cloaking today!


M5342: How to Type Math or Introduction to LaTeX in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
"My math homework looks great on paper, but so clumsy looking when I type it up on the computer!" So how should you type up math equations? In this class, you'll learn about LaTeX, a math typesetting language that will make all of your math documents look beautiful. We'll walk through a brief algebra proof, and then work together to type it up in LaTeX. Don't rely on a clumsy equation editor ever again!


M5437: Graph Theory in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
What do maps, Facebook, and power grids all have in common? They can be studied with graph theory! These aren't the graphs you're used to - instead, these graphs help us study things that are connected to one other. In this class, we'll learn about some of the basic tools of graph theory and how we can use them to make conclusions about these systems.


P4832: The Science of Invisibility in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
Harry Potter has an invisibility cloak - can we make one, too? This class will explore the basic science behind invisibility through a series of interactive demos, and we'll explain how they work. We will also talk about some of the cutting edge research being done on cloaking today!


P5014: Why Blue Should be Your Favorite Color in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
Blue is such an interesting color - it's difficult to find in nature, it was the last LED color to be created (and recently won a Noble prize!), and by all means, should be the most difficult color to perceive. In this class, we'll go through some fun science stories related to the color blue - how do we see the color blue? Why was it such a special color in history? Why are the wings of the morpho butterfly such a bright blue? Why was the blue LED so difficult to make? And of course, why is the sky blue?


P4568: The Science of Invisibility in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
Harry Potter has an invisibility cloak - can we make one, too? This class will explore the basic science behind invisibility through a series of interactive demos, and we'll explain how they work. We will also talk about some of the cutting edge research being done on cloaking today!


M4619: Introduction to Chaos Theory in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
Chaos theory is best described by the butterfly effect: small disturbances in a system, like the flap of a single butterfly’s wing, can strongly influence future behavior, like a hurricane halfway across the world years later. In this class, we’ll define what it means to be a chaotic system, take a look at some of the most well-known models of chaos, and talk about some of the modern day applications.