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Featured Graduate Student Researcher
How did you start researching?
- Graduate Program: Physics, PhD
- Year: Fourth
- Hometown: Twin Falls, ID
- My path to physics began while I was deployed with the Marines, reading works by great physicists during down time. After noticing the interfering waves in the wakes of two war ships, I realized that I wanted to expand my physics knowledge.
- I met my advisor, Dr. David McIlroy, during my second week of college. I began working on a project involving IED detection technology, which held special meaning for me, as some friends had sustained IED injuries. I came to OSU with Dr. McIlroy to start my PhD.
Research Impacts & Accomplishments
- I am seeking to develop novel 2D lenses in the field of non-linear optics. I am exploring new configurations of a substance made up of gold and silicon.
- I am exploring the energetics that led to meso-textured materials, then developing their optical properties.
- I have a manuscript submitted for publication and I am writing another.
- We have a provisional patent filed on our work, and I recently presented at the American Physical Society Texas Division virtual conference.
- I would like to get a job at Idaho National Laboratories as an applied physicist.
- I would also like to offer physics outreach in rural communities.
- I was in college when I took my first physics course. I think we can do better to bring physics to children sooner.
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