Hi! My name is Corey Brummel-Smith. I'm currently a graduate student and research assistaint working for Dr. John Wise in the Computational Cosmology Group in the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics at The Georgia Institute of Technology. I use numerical simulations to try to answer questions about the universe such as, how do the first and second generations of stars form, and how are metals spread through the interstellar medium when a star explodes? I am passionate about simulating the universe because often computers are the best tools we have to answer these questions. Naturally, I love programming and visulizing simulations. I'm not just interested in astrophysics, I like physics as a whole. I love thinking about how things work, why things are the way they are, and the fascinating 13.7 billion years leading up to this moment of me typing on my a keyboard and you reading this. The universe is icredible and its wonders reach beyond our imagination. This is why I do what I do.
Before coming to Georgia Tech, I did my undergrad studying physics and astrophysics at Florida State University. While at FSU, I worked with Dr. David Collins studying how magnetic fields influence star formation by analyzing simulations of turbulent molecular clouds.
When I'm not running simulations, analyzing them, or debugging; I like to play Super Smash Brothers Melee, practice kendama, juggle, and solve twisty puzzles (e.g. Rubik's cubes). I have a collection of around 30 twisty puzzles. I mostly enjoy 3x3 shape mods such as the mastermorphix and ghost cube. I don't speed solve much but my best time for the 3x3 Rubik's Cube is 32 sec. I can also solve a 2x2 rubik's cube blind folded!
I also enjoy hiking and snowboarding although I don't do these activities very often. Recently I've been getting into playing pickleball as well. Below is a photo of my twisty puzzles and kendamas.