Physics Alumni Success Stories

David Bronicki (2019)

David Bronicki (2019)

David Bronicki got his BS in both physics and mathematics from GVSU in 2019 and then obtained  MS in physics in 2023 from University of Mississippi. In his own words....

"Above all else, I love an interesting problem. Anything requiring creative thinking, iterating on ideas, and generally finding a deeper understanding, and I'm hooked (nerd snipers welcome). I've spent my years chasing these problems, studying math and physics in college, and further specializing in gravitational physics in graduate school with a focus on computation. This time has given me a far deeper understanding and intuition for how the universe works and how best to dig into new problems I face.

In physics, using simulation to understand the world is considered a lesser form to mathematically modeling a problem (for good reason!) but we use computers none-the-less. The reason is simple: computers can handle anything you ask, so long as you know exactly how to ask it. I have been fascinated by this incredible power since high school, using it to bolster my understanding of material throughout my academic career and produce results in my research.

Throughout my journey with programming, I've developed a range of projects. On the research side, I've simulated tens of thousands of asteroid orbits in the Solar System, and I've analyzed trajectories similar to those found near spinning black holes (plus some additional complications, this is on an edge case for the future LISA mission). And on the personal project side, I have: dabbled with genetic algorithms and machine learning; developed and ran simulations of all sorts, from quantum systems to realistic ballistic trajectories on Earth, including visualizations; solved ~100 Project Euler problems with zero library support across 4 languages; created a program to explore cryptographic algorithms; worked on C++ graphics with OpenGL and Vulkan; created a chess engine; and developed a C++ library to allow writing tensor expressions as if they are math equations with Einstein summation handled at compile time.

I love solving problems with code and plan to continue for many years to come. If you'd like to get in touch with a developer with a diverse problem solving tool set then don't hesitate to reach out."

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