Cole Campton


Projects Interests About
  • The Perron-Frobenius Operator
    A project which demonstrates the power of numerical methods in approximating the long-term behavior of Ergodic mappings.

  • The Probabilistic Method
    A discussion and example of Paul Erdoős' Probabilistic Method.

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
    An overview of work at Emory University's Summer Institute in Biostatistics to predict development of Chronic Kidney Disease.

  • Coffee
    A compilation of some useful resouces and background information in coffee and brewing equiptment.

  • The Elektra Factory
    Photos from my tour of the Eletra factory in Treviso, Italy.

  • Climbing
    Photos from various climbing trips, including some with the Reed Mountaineering Club.

  • Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
    My experiences at the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program.

    About

    Hello my name is Cole Campton. I was born and raised in Mill Valley, California. I graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in mathematics. While at Reed I wrote a thesis on the homological equivalence of discrete configure space models used in motion planning.

    I am currently a graduate student at Duke University's Computer Science department.

    I am interested in computer science, mathematics, rock climbing, coffee and lever espresso machines.

    Feel free to contact me. Let’s talk computer science and coffee.

The Elektra Factory

I was lucky enough to arrange a trip to tour the Elektra factory in Treviso, Italy which is a thirty minute train ride from Venice. I wanted to share some photos from the trip!

The trip was amazing! I had an amazing time and was just shocked at the amount of care put into every single machine. The experience really highlighted the quality of machine that this company produces!

The visit started in the assembly room. Most of the parts, except electronics are made here. Parts are welded, sanded, polished, fired and painted in this room. Here a Belle Epoque is being assembled.

Boilers of my Microcasa a Leva’s siblings waiting for a finish.

Next we were taken to a quality assurance and packaging room. The man pictured is running each machine for an initial mechanical inspection and checking for any issues with the finish.

Next we were taken to the room where electronics were checked, boilers and groups checked and where each machine undergoes it’s 48 hour final test.

The view of the testing area

A machine produced by request as a (relatively) high quality capsule machine.

The finished MCaLs being tested.

This room is equipped with an Elektra Semiautomatica and Elektra Nino so that the workers are happy and ‘efficient’.

At the rear of the room the shells are placed on larger machines.

And behind there is a test room with a variety of machines.

My tour guide and new friend Philippe posing.

The table where the first Elektra, originally “La Tarvisium”, the ancient Latin name for Treviso, was created

Machines on display.

These machines are in storage at a back room for later restoration and display in an espresso museum at the factory. Philippe joked he’s happy the job’s not his, it’ll be a lot of work!

We finished the trip in the display section of the usual welcoming center where there is a section of machines showing large developments to Elektras machines.

And a room of the current models.

And a final espresso shot prepared by Philippe, along with a few shots of history behind the counter.

An impressive collection of lever machines.

A few books I was gifted to take home!