Leon Hostetler

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Physics Department at Indiana University. I received my Ph.D. with a dual major in Physics and Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering from Michigan State University. I received my B.S. with a double major 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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