Eli Sidman

  • Cambridge US-MA
Eli Sidman

Work History

Work History
Jan 2008 - Jun 2011

Technical Instructor, Department of Physics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Provided instructional, curricular, and technical support for six different undergraduate physics courses.
  • Directed, edited, and publicized over 60 freely available videos of physics demonstrations.
  • Designed and machined new physics demonstrations and improved many others.
  • Facilitated studio learning in an interactive, technology-rich environment.
  • Performed on-the-fly troubleshooting and repair for a wide variety of technology including Windows and Linux based computing systems, electrical circuits, mechanical systems and motors, and AV equipment.
Jan 2007 - Jan 2008

Testing Lab Engineer

Reviewed.com
  • Managed and executed digital camera lab testing for a rapidly expanding camera review website.
  • Designed and implemented eight industry-leading digital image quality lab tests.
  • Wrote 2000-word in-depth test sections for over 30 new digital cameras.
  • Created dynamic scoring equations to objectively evaluate digital camera performance relevant to consumer and prosumer markets. 
  • Provided scientific consulting for the launch of two new consumer electronics review websites.

Education

Education

Selected Exhibitions

  • "MIT Physics Demonstration Exhibition" at the Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge, MA, 2009-10.
  • "Studying Books: Book Arts at Maine Colleges and Universities" at the University of Southern Maine Glickman Family Library, Portland, ME, 2009.

  • "Paradosaurus Wreck" exhibition and fashion show at the Dilboy VFW Hall, Somerville, MA, 2008.
  • "Ghost Town Planet" exhibition at the Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA, 2008.
  • "The Green Line" exhibition at the Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA, 2007.

  • "Bowdoin Alumni Printmaking Exhibition" at ICON Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME, 2006.

Awards, Posters, and Fellowships

  • MIT School of Science Spot Appreciation Award, 2009, 2010.
  • Stephen H. Burns Fellowship for physics research, Bowdoin College, 2005-2006.
  • "Temperature and Metallicity Distributions in Poor Clusters" poster at the 207th American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting, Washington D.C., 2006.

  • "GLAST Burst Monitor Trigger Classification Program" poster at the 8th High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) Meeting, New Orleans, 2004.
  • NASA Research Stipend, Maine Space Grant Consortium at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, 2004.

Skills

Skills

Electronics Design and Assembly

Design, assembly, and repair of physics experiments, demonstrations, and computer hardware. Introduced to printed circuit board design.

Machining, Fabrication, and Prototyping

Expertise in tool-room lathes and milling machines. 105 certified hours of on-the-machine instruction from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Command with aluminum, steel, stainless steel, brass, copper, wood, plastics, and foam. Projects include sculpture, product design models, and physics demonstrations.

Multimedia Editing and Analysis

Video editing with Apple Final Cut and Adobe Premiere. Photo editing with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. Image analysis with UNIX-based Chandra software and MATLAB-based Imatest.