James Clarke is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Alvarado Group at the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics. He received his B.Sc. from Trinity University in 2017, and his M.S. (summa cum laude) from the University of Oregon in 2018. He worked at ThermoFisher Scientific and developed failure analysis applications for semiconductor chips using electron microscopy and focused ion beams. In 2019, he enrolled at UT Austin for a PhD in Physics. He is currently studying mechanical feedback and control theory as expressed in reconstituted acto-myosin gels, modeling light-matter interactions, and developing new software tools to describe network morphology.