Welcome to the website of styropyro, where you will find my tutorials, pictures, videos, reviews, and more!

My name is Drake Anthony, and I am 24 years old. I just finished a chemistry degree at Southern Illinois University, and now I'm a PhD student in optics at the University of Rochester. I am most known for my "DIY Laser Guy" YouTube series, where I have accumulated 85 million video views since I started posting in late 2006. I have had SO much fun posting videos, and will continue to do so in the future!

I have LOVED science ever since I was a small child! I got hooked on lasers when I was 12 years old when I ripped apart (and broke!!) my first green laser pointer. I haven't just been obsessed with lasers though, and in fact I spent a good portion of my teenage years doing home chemistry experiments and pyrotechnics. I am also an avid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, hiker, mushroom hunter, and Lepidoptera breeder. I am also deeply interested in mathematics, particularly anything that's visual like calculus/analysis.

Good science is my passion, and I'll always have the drive to learn more science (and then apply it to crazy home projects :D ). When I started college, I never intended to dive deep into the physical sciences, but it all turned out to be so interesting I couldn't help but take more classes! I spent my last two years of undergrad working under Dr. Boyd Goodson researching hyperpolarization NMR techniques, and had tons of fun using very powerful lasers and ridiculously strong magnets. Now I have to decide what my PhD research will be in, which I know is going to be a very difficult decision for me. I could see myself working in laser fusion research, or maybe some crazy laser cooling experiments, or something else. Well that's about it for me, but thanks for reading and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more crazy videos!

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