Leon Hostetler

I am a dual PhD student in theoretical physics and computational science at Michigan State University. I received my B.S. in Physics and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Florida State University. Before that, I received my A.A. at the State College of Florida.

curriculum vitae

My interests and research include quantum field theory, lattice QCD, high performance computing, and quantum computing.

My day-to-day work involves mostly reading physics papers, having meetings, running Monte Carlo simulations on computing clusters, analyzing results, making plots, and trying to figure out how one plot is related to another.

Fun facts about me:

  • I grew up Amish (yep, horses and buggies and no electricity)
  • As a result of the above, I did not go to high school
  • I studied martial arts for several years and wanted to be the next Jackie Chan
  • I won state and national quiz bowl championships, at the community college level, as part of a team during my two years at State College of Florida
  • Before entering higher education, I held a variety of interesting and not-so-interesting jobs including: peeling the bark off of logs (by hand) for future log homes, building furniture, bookkeeping and web design, internet marketing, and lawn care

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