Nico Christianson

I am a first-year PhD student in Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Caltech; I am interested broadly in the structure, dynamics, and control of complex systems, and particularly those systems pertinent to problems in energy and sustainability.

Prior to my time at Caltech, I completed my undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics at Harvard. While at Harvard, I worked on my senior thesis with Prof. Boris Kozinsky investigating the role of disorder in unlocking conductivity in solid-state electrolytes; prior to that, I worked with Prof. Danielle Bassett at Penn on the structure of growing semantic networks of concepts in math texts. I spent some time my first year working with Eric Peterson on computational methods for spectral sequence calculations. I am also passionate about STEM pedagogy: I spent six of my eight semesters at Harvard teaching or tutoring for courses in mathematics, statistics, and computer science.


Jul 29, 2020 Just published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Architecture and evolution of semantic networks in mathematics texts, with Ann Sizemore Blevins and Danielle Bassett.