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About Me

Hello! I'm Jess Vriesema.

I am a computational physicist specializing in numerical simulations of electrodynamics in the atmospheres of giant planets. I am currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in planetary scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (Department of Planetary Sciences) at the University of Arizona, and plan to defend my dissertation in the Spring of 2020. My current research seeks to understand how electrodynamics in Saturn's mid- to low-latitude thermosphere influences its temperature, structure and dynamics. I currently teach statistics as an associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.

I enjoy programming, playing board/card games, computer games, tabletop role-playing games, music (I play cello and guitar), hiking, and spending time with friends and family. My wife and I have two cats and a dog.


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Visualizing magnetic field lines on an exoplanet
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Simulating impact cratering using an N-body model
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Designing a virtual reality framework (or training to be a Jedi)
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3D-printing moons and planets
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Demonstrating the classical XY model of ferromagnetism
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Publishing about Saturn's upper atmopshere
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Imaging the Andromeda Galaxy
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Raytracing in Java
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Simulating magnetohydrodynamics in a box
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Developing a board/card game
"If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a movie is worth a thousand pictures, a simulation is worth a thousand movies, and a framework is worth a thousand simulations."
—My personal adage for scientific computing
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