Jules Oppenheim ’15

Jules visited Hackley’s Independent Research program on Friday, September 15. He is currently a junior at Caltech, and conducting research under Professor Goddard where they are developing the next generation of universal force fields for molecular simulations.

These force fields are based on accurate electrostatics and high quality quantum mechanics calculations, which will allow for accurate descriptions of the properties, structures, and dynamics of chemical, biochemical, and material systems. In addition to describing his research to the students, he also left them with lessons he has learned throughout his many research internship positions. His lessons of “failure will precede success,” “research requires time, determination and motivation,” and “don’t be afraid to try something different” really hit home with all of our students.