Daniel O.


Dan’s first science experiment involved a blow dryer, a basin of water, and a heat lamp. He was eight years old and thought he could build a miniature storm cloud after learning in school about how the water cycle worked. Though the experiment was not exactly a success, Dan has been trying to understand how things work ever since. He attended the University of Chicago where he received a B.S. in mathematics and B.A. in physics, both with honors. During his time at Chicago, he wrote two expository articles on Noether’s Theorem and the Hawking-Penrose Singularity Theorems, respectively through the UChicago Math REU. He also conducted research in 2D particle dynamics attending the Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium in Spring, 2015 where he presented his research. Currently, Dan is a graduate student at New York University where he is pursuing Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Specifically, he studies modifications of Einstein’s theory of general relativity and sits behind a desk puzzling over the mysteries of the universe.

Dan has been teaching and tutoring math and physics for the past 4 years and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. While he has been a teaching assistant in courses such as calculus, real analysis, electromagnetism, and relativity, he has experience tutoring students of all ages and levels from elementary school through college in subjects ranging from adding and subtracting fractions to solving Schrodinger’s equation. He was awarded the UChicago College Core Tutor Award for the 2014-2015 academic year for his services as a general physics tutor.

Outside of academic pursuits, Dan enjoys a good pick-up basketball game and hikes when he can get out of the city.

Education & Qualifications
  • New York University, PhD candidate in Physics
  • University of Chicago, B.S. Mathematics and B.A. Physics (honors)
  • GRE
  • Mathematics
  • Physics