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Hi there! I'm Aatish.

I'm a science writer, a physicist, and a science educator. I'm constantly scheming up ways to get more people to experience the wonder, joy, and excitement of finding things out.

I work at Princeton University's Council on Science and Technology where I'm the Associate Director of Engineering Education. I have a Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers University, and a B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College. I enjoy backpacking, kayaking, and exploring the outdoors. I'm a fan of national parks and public radio.

Upcoming Talks

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Writing

I specialize in explaining complex ideas in simple ways. I write Empirical Zeal, an award-winning science blog exploring the curious patterns & hidden harmonies of daily life, and have been published in online venues including Wired, Nautilus, Minute Physics and TED-Ed. My writing and videos have collectively been accessed many millions of times.

Expanding Access to Science & Technology

At Princeton, I work on bringing science to a wide audience by teaching courses, collaborating with faculty on developing courses, mentoring students, organizing talks and conducting workshops on science communication and science education, and collaborating widely to build community to get more people curious and excited about learning science. I have been deeply involved with developing the StudioLab, a creative technology studio & makerspace that opened doors in January 2016.

Teaching

At Princeton Univeristy, I co-created and co-teach Transformations in Engineering and the Arts, a new course teaching students of all majors to create projects at the intersection of art & engineering. At Rutgers University, I taught physics to approximately 580 undergraduate students, co-developed a course that quantitatively investigated whether we can meet our energy needs through renewables, and taught a summer course on building two-wheeled balancing robots. In 2010, I was awarded the Richard J. Plano Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

Coding

I use code to create interactive explainers, to make sense of complexity, and to play with patterns. I’m fluent in Python, well-versed in Javascript & Processing, and have a working knowledge of C++, R, HTML & CSS. During my Ph.D., I wrote code & designed and conducted data analysis for bioinformatics projects published in , G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, and the Journal of Neuroscience.

Research

My Ph.D. research focused on biological evolution and quantitative genetics, and has been cited over 100 times. Prior to working in biology, I spent two years of graduate school studying particle physics and quantum field theory. Following my Ph.D., my research at Princeton University has focused on engineering education.