A PDF of my current CV can be downloaded here.

Education

Duke University, Ph.D. in Physics (2013, anticipated)
Duke University, M.S. in Physics (2008)
Pacific University, B.S. in Physics and Mathematics (2005)
University of Melbourne, Study Abroad Program (2004)

Teaching Experience

Duke University, Physics Department, Durham, NC
Teaching Fellow (2013)
    • Awarded competitive departmental teaching fellowship
    • Will instruct a recitation section for Physics 142: General Physics II, an introductory physics course for life science majors
The Winsor School, Science Department, Boston, MA
Science Faculty (2008-2010)
  • Taught senior-level AP Physics C and junior-level Honors Physics courses.
  • Assisted with the student-run Physics Club.
  • Advised a group of six sophomores.
  • Served as the faculty representative on the Technology Committee.
  • Coached the middle school girls' basketball team.
  • Participated in Boston University's Improving the Teaching of Physics program.
Duke University, Physics Department, Durham, NC
Teaching Fellow (2007)
  • Awarded competitive departmental teaching fellowship.
  • Instructed the lab sections for Physics 264L: Optics and Modern Physics.
  • Prepared and supervised labs, worked with students individually during office hours, and graded lab notes and reports.
  • Developed new curriculum and revised existing lab exercises.
Teaching Assistant (2005-2007)
  • Taught recitation and lab sections for Physics 161/162: Fundamentals of Physics.
  • Responsible for grading homework, quizzes, exams, and lab reports.
Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
Physics Department Teaching Assistant (2003-2005)
    • Assisted in four introductory physics lab courses designed for science majors.
    • Graded homework and lab assignments.
House Tutor (2003)
    • Held weekly office hours to tutor fellow residence hall students in physics, math and chemistry.
Bend Senior High School, Bend, OR
Cadet Teacher (2000)
  • Assisted a first-grade teaching by working individually with students who were falling behind due to behavioral issues or language barriers.

Research Experience

Duke University, Physics Department, Durham, NC
Research Assistant (2006-present)
  • Investigated complex dynamical systems in a time-delay network configuration to determine whether it is possible to infer network link properties by measuring the dynamics of a single node.
  • Built and modeled a novel optoelectronic oscillator, which is capable of producing both broadband chaos and excitable dynamics, that plays the role of the nodes in the network.
  • Analyzed data with various linear and nonlinear statistical methods.
  • Implemented advanced numerical methods for studying time-delay differential equations.
Pacific University, Physics Department, Forest Grove, OR
Research Assistant (2003-2005)
  • Constructed an electronic circuit capable of producing chaotic oscillations that could be analyzed in real time for the purpose of studying the effects of control algorithms.
  • Interfaced the circuit with a computer using LabVIEW in order to perform measurement and control operations.
  • Successfully controlled the circuit's chaotic dynamics both experimentally and numerically with two different chaos control algorithms.
  • Published our methods and results in the American Journal of Physics so that this experiment can be replicated in advanced undergraduate laboratories.

Honors and Awards

Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013)
  • Physics Department Teaching Fellow (2013, 2008)
  • Certificate of College Teaching Fellow (2012-2013)
  • Preparing Future Faculty Fellow (2011-2012)
  • Mary Creason Memorial Award for Undergraduate Teaching (2007-2008)
  • AAPT Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2007-2008)
  • Physics Department Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2006-2008)
Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
  • Graduated summa cum laude (2005)
  • Outstanding Student in the Natural Sciences (2005)
  • Cheney Scholar (2004-2005)
  • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Basketball Team (2002-2005)
  • Dean's List (2001-2005)
  • Pacesetter Scholar (2001-2005)
  • General Chemistry Student of the Year (2001-2002)

Service and Outreach

Duke University, Durham, NC
Critical Thinking Assessment Rater (2013)
    • Will collaborate with graduate students from a variety of departments to grade a critical thinking assessment test administered to a selection of undergraduate students as part of a multi-year study on critical thinking.
Physics Department Outreach Volunteer (2006-present)
    • Presented physics demonstrations at North Carolina Science Fest, Duke University Alumni Weekend, and science fairs at local elementary schools.
    • Helped plan and carry out curriculum for science outreach programs at local elementary schools.
Physics Department Colloquium Committee Member (2012-present)
    • Served as graduate student representative.
    • Helped select speakers for spring 2013 program.
    • Responsible for organizing graduate student lunches with speakers.
Physics for Females Program Co-Organizer
    • Organized two events to expose high school females to physics principles, current physics research, and female physics professors and graduate students.
Physics Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Member (2007-2008)
    • Served as graduate student representative.
    • Discussed proposed changes to undergraduate physics curriculum.
Adopt-A-Physicist Program
Physicist Participant (2012)
  • Interacted with students from three high school physics classes via an online program.
  • Answered questions about my research and path to becoming a physicist.
Peer-Reviewed Journals
Journal Referee (2011)
  • Reviewed papers for Optics Letters.
Women and Mathematics Mentoring Program
Mentor (2010-2011)
  • Served as a mentor to two eighth grade girls interested in math.

Publications

  1. K.E. Callan, 'Broadband Chaos,' in Nonlinear Laser Dynamics: From Quantum Dots to Cryptogrophy, edited by Kathy Lüdge, Ed. (Wiley-VCH Verlag, Weinheim, 2012), Ch. 13, pp. 317-332.
  2. D. P. Rosin, K. E. Callan, D. J. Gauthier, E. Schöll, 'Pulse-train solutions and excitability in an optoelectronic oscillator,' Eur. Phys. Lett. 96, 34001 (2011).

  3. K. E. Callan, L. Illing, Z. Gao, D. J. Gauthier, and E. Schoell, 'Broadband Chaos Generated by an Optoelectronic Oscillator,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 113901 (2010). (Highlighted in Nature News and Views)

  4. R. J. Wiener, K. E. Callan, S. C. Hall, and T. Olsen, 'Proportional feedback control of chaos in a simple electronic oscillator,' Am. J. Phys. 74, 200 (2006).

Conference Presentations

  1. K. E. Callan, D. Rontani, and D. J. Gauthier, 'Detecting the position and strength of attenuating elements in a small network.' Poster presented at Dynamics Days 2013, Denver, Colorado, Jan. 3-6, 2013
  2. K. E. Callan, D. Rontani, and D. J. Gauthier, 'Sensing capabilities of optoelectronic oscillators due to changes in complexity measures.' Poster presented at the 12th Experimental Chaos and Complexity Conference 2012, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 16-19, 2012. (Earned "Best Poster" Award)

  3. K. E. Callan, D. Rontani, and D. J. Gauthier, 'Time-delay signatures in broadband chaos generated by optoelectronic oscillators.' Poster presented at Dynamics Days 2012, Baltimore, Maryland, Jan. 4-7, 2012.

  4. K. E. Callan, L. Illing, D. Rosin, D. J. Gauthier, and E. Schöll, 'Switching from steady-state to chaos via pulse trains in an optoelectronic oscillator.' Poster presented at Dynamics Days 2011, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Jan. 5-8, 2011.

  5. K. E. Callan, L. Illing, D. J. Gauthier, 'High Speed Chaos Generated in an Optoelectronic Oscillator.' Poster presented at Gordon Research Conference: Nonlinear Science, Waterville, ME, June 24-29, 2007.

  6. K. E. Callan, L. Illing, D.J. Gauthier, 'High Speed Chaos Generated in an Optoelectronic Oscillator.' Fitzpatrick Institute of Photonics Annual Meeting, Duke University, Sep. 28-29, 2006.

  7. K. E. Callan, S. C. Hall, R. J. Wiener, and T. Olsen, 'Controlling Chaotic Dynamics in a Simple Electronic Oscillator.' Contributed talk at the Northwest Section of the American Physical Society Spring Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia, 2005.

Other Conferences Attended

  • Physics Research and Education Gordon Conference 2012, Waterville, Maine
  • American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting 2010, Portland, OR
  • American Physical Society March Meeting 2010, Portland, OR
  • American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting 2007, Greensboro, NC

Current Society Memberships

  • American Physical Society
  • American Association of Physics Teachers