Klaida Kashuri, PhD Candidate
Hometown: Bilisht, Albania
Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I have always been interested in pursuing a career in academia. I am passionate about research and teaching. WPI offered me both opportunities. I have had a great experience mentoring students as a teaching assistant, and I have been exposed to many research opportunities during my grad school years here.
How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
Being part of a small department, we have always been encouraged to contribute in research projects with other departments or institutions. As a research assistant, I have enjoyed the experience of collaborating with Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and the University of Milan (Milan, Italy).
What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
I believe that WPI is an institution where individuals learn by being encouraged to speak their minds and transform theories into practice; this is how I want to learn.
How have the professors in your department impacted your studies and your life?
Professor Germano Iannacchione is my thesis advisor and instructor. As a professor, he is well prepared and amazingly organized. He has very good communication and understanding with students. As a mentor, he not only taught me, but helped me to build my confidence as well.
What are your research projects?
My research is mainly about understanding the self-assembling of biopolymers in aqueous environments by probing the kinetics and dynamics involved.
What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
In the future, I hope to have a research scientist position in applied biophysics/medical physics.
Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:
- APS (American Physical Society)