Ethan Sussman

Hertz Fellow: Ethan Sussman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Mathematics and Physics

Fellowship Years

2018 - present

Ethan Sussman is a senior at Stanford University, double majoring in mathematics and physics. He is interested in and excited by the wide intersection of the two fields and their mutualistic interaction, as well as the ability of mathematics to describe the world at large, and of physics to inspire developing mathematics and serve as a source of intuition. In the fall, he plans to begin a PhD in mathematics, specializing in mathematical physics and dabbling in whatever possible.

While at Stanford, he has partaken in both experimental and theoretical physics research. Working in the lab of Professor Hari Manoharan, Ethan designed and carried out Berry phase experiments in quantum corrals, and numerically investigated the limits of perturbation theory to find diabolical points in their spectra.

Working under Professor Shamit Kachru, he used techniques from analytic number theory to perform exact microstate counts for certain types of black holes in string theory and consequently compute their entropy exactly. He is currently working on dual honors theses in physics and mathematics under Professor Shamit Kachru and Professor Jonathan Luk respectively.

Outside of mathematics and science, Ethan enjoys playing guitar and listening to heavy metal, sometimes concurrently. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.