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Prakash completed his M.S. in Physics from Bowling Green State University in 2016 and joined the WPI - Ultrafast Terahertz Physics Laboratory. His current research utilizes the ultrafast terahertz spectroscopy to study the ultrafast carrier dynamics in the semiconductor nanocrystals.

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I work in Kun-Ta Wu’s lab where we are striving to develop new techniques to control mixing at the meso and microscale by harnessing the dynamism of microtubule kinesin active fluid. By controlling temperature and confinement I can tune activity and induce self-organization of the active fluid on the mesoscale. I engineer protein structure, enzymes, and constituent concentrations at the nanoscale to create cascading effects that reach the macroscale in dynamic and morphological expression of the system. My field is soft condensed active matter, and my interest lies in the possibilities of ...

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Danielle is a committed and motivated Ph.D. candidate studying medical physics at WPI, while also working as a Junior Medical Physicist at Boston Children's Hospital where she is able to apply her knowledge and passion for medical physics.

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Prior to joining WPI in 2015 to pursue my Ph.D, I obtained my master’s degree in Physics with gold medal from University of Hyderabad, India. My master’s thesis added insights to the phase space description of quantum mechanics. I was fortunate enough to receive INSPIRE scholarship from Govt. of India, which sponsored my undergraduate and graduate education in India. At WPI, I work at the Center for Computational NanoScience in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics. The interplay of physics, mathematics and computation provides a robust way to investigate rich phenomena in meso and ...

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I am a PhD candidate under Professor Doug Petkie studying THz spectroscopy for various industrial purposes. Primary projects include a millimeter-wave based RADAR system for medical applications, full characterization of paper drying using THz, and imaging porosity in carbonate rocks. I have participated in multiple NSF research marketability and NABC value creation programs. I enjoy working with industry partners to develop emerging technologies. I am involved in the New England chapter of the Optical Society of America focusing on bridging the gap between students and industry partners. When ...

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I am a PhD student in Physics department, working in Prof. Qi Wen's biophysics lab. I research on properties and mechanism of neuronal sensation of different types of forces, and try to investigate into a deeper level of ion channels, by methods of atomic force microscopy, microfluid channel and so on. With the collaboration with Prof. Yang Xiang's neurobiology lab in UMASS medical, we are now researching on the behavior of neuron in fruit flies in vivo under accurately applied forces in nanometer and nanonewton level. Our group is interested in cell mechanics, a solid method to differentiate ...

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I am 3rd year PhD student working with professor Lyubov Titova in the Ultrafast THz and Optical Spectroscopy Lab. I study the optical properties of 2D materials for a wide range of applications such as THZ photonic devices, THz EMI shielding, optoelectronic devices, photo-electrochemistry, and photovoltaics. I specialize in many types of spectroscopy including Time-Resolve Photoluminescence, Time domain and Time resolve THZ spectroscopy, and Transient absorption. I also enjoy helping undergraduate students to master their experimental skills, and mentoring high school women and encourage them ...

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I am a Physics Ph.D. student and WPI CEDAR fellow working with Professor Raisa Trubko in the WPI Quantum Sensing group. Using nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond, this group works to image magnetic fields with high spatial resolution. We work towards developments of state-of-the-art quantum instruments as a tool to study the magnetic properties of novel materials and biological organisms. My current focus is to incorporate machine learning techniques to develop new data analysis methods in the lab.

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I am a physics Ph.D. student working with Dr. Lyubov Titova. In my current research, I use ultrafast terahertz spectroscopy to measure the optical and electronic properties of novel 2D materials for applications in solar energy conversion, energy storage, and electromagnetic interference shielding. Additionally, I am a WPI CEDAR fellow. As a part of this program, I work with collaborators from WPI’s Data Science and Chemistry departments in order to produce research that will advance the circular economy for increased sustainability.

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I am a PhD student working under Professor Doug Petkie where we are developing WPI's integrated photonics design, testing, and characterization capabilities. Our primary projects involve developing microring resonators or "microcombs" for DOD applications and working with our collaborators at AIM to develop a visible light silicon nitride platform. I was awarded both an AFRL scholars internship with the U.S. Space Force at Kirkland AFB and the DOD SMART fellowship at DTRA in 2022. I enjoy working with U.S. service men and women developing new technologies to keep them and the U.S. as a whole a ...

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I am focused on a collaboration between our Nuclear Science and Engineering Program and Westinghouse LLC to design a next generation University Research Reactor (URR) that can also provide a zero-emission source of energy to the campus. Funded by NRC, we are using a computation model to study the radiation fields produced by the eVinci 5MWe microreactor during operations. Using these models, we can design facilities and apparatus that are useful in a research and shielding that meets regulatory requirements. Of primary interest are thermal neutron columns for imaging and enhanced flux ex-core ...

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I am an Applied Physics PhD student with a concentration in Medical Physics working under Dr. Dave Medich. My interests primarily lie in cancer radiation therapies, but also in medical imaging and reactor physics. In my research, I use Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code to model dose absorbed from different brachytherapy sources.

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PhD student on experimental condensed matter physics/ Optical and terahertz spectroscopy Advisor: Lyubov Titova Project: Carrier dynamics and microscopic conductivity in 2D nanomaterials and energy materials; nonlinear terahertz spectroscopy

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I am a physics PhD student with a focus in Physics Education Research (PER). I am working with Prof. Ben Pollard to research the physics writing skills that undergraduate physics lab students need to create lab reports that are cohesive and engage with scientific literature. Starting in 2018, I worked for the Physics Department as an undergraduate Peer Learning Assistant and since 2021, I have been a graduate Teaching Assistant. My favorite part about working with students is seeing them expand their understanding by engaging in active learning and laboratory settings.

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I am a second year Master's student in Applied Physics with a concentration in Biophysics. I am currently conducting research on calcium signaling in plants in response to electro-magnetic field exposure in Luis Vidali's lab. The goal of our research is to gain a better understanding of the biological reaction of living organisms to non-ionizing radiation. We are attempting to uncover the exact point of interaction at the cellular and molecular level by studying the response of calcium ion channels to electro-magnetic gradient through fluorescent imaging of calcium in Physcomitrella ...

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Holden Snyder

I am a PhD candidate and I work in David Medich’s lab performing resuspension experiments. Currently, my objective is to determine how changing the deposition surface affects the suspended fraction above the surface. I use europium oxide powder as a suspending mass and determine the amount of europium in the air by sampling the air, then performing neutron activation analysis on the air sampler filters. When I am not in the lab I enjoy hiking, climbing, video games, and underwater hockey.

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I am a Physics Master's student researching efficient calculations of random walk lengths along the edges of symmetric polyhedra. From 2018 to 2021, I worked as a PLA in the Physics and Mathematical Sciences departments, and since 2021 I have worked as a GLA in the Mathematical Sciences department. In addition to my research and teaching, I am currently on a quest to complete all of Advent of Code.

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I am a physics PhD candidate working under Professor Aaron Deskins in the Chemical Engineering department. We use Density Functional Theory (DFT), which is essentially computational quantum mechanics, to study electronic and elastic properties of materials. In particular, we study a family of 2D materials called MXenes for use in applications such as photocatalysis, energy storage, and solar cells. This research is part of the WPI CEDAR program, connecting us with experimental physicists, data scientists, and materials scientists who also study MXenes.

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My interest lies in the electromagnetic band between shortwave-IR to millimeter waves (THz), along with photonics, robotics, and computer vision. Actively serving as a Chemometrics and Laser Spectroscopy Fellow for USACE ERDC CRREL, studying sensor degradation from atmospheric/meteorological phenomena and thermography. Advisor: Douglas T. Petkie, 5G/6G Millimeter-Wave Laboratory

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I am an Applied Physics PhD student with a concentration in photonics. I am particularly interested in THz spectroscopy, imaging and data processing methods. Outside of class, I enjoy baking and playing chess.

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Steven is a PhD candidate in the Physics department at WPI in Erkan Tüzel's group. He writes coarse-grained computer simulations of the cytoskeletal network and its associated motor proteins to determine their physical properties and relate them to experimental observations. He has also written an L-systems model to study the growth patterns of the moss Physcomitrella patens and classify phenotypes via machine learning. When not working on research, he enjoys playing the piano and hiking.

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I am a first-year Ph.D. student in physics studying in Professor Raisa Trubko’s lab. My current research interests are in the application of Nitrogen-Vacancy defects present in diamonds for high-resolution magnetometry. As a member of the Quantum Sensors Laboratory at WPI, I also focus on improving and implementing new designs for our Quantum Diamond Microscope (QDM). Our current projects are focused on the measurement of biological samples and novel magnetic materials. I am also a Teaching Assistant (TA) and enjoy all aspects of encouraging educational growth within my students. Outside of ...

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