I was drawn to materials science because it combines the creative and logical. Consider how materials self-assemble in nature; it resembles a symphony, with the vibrations of the atoms and molecules as the underlying rhythm and the patterns they assemble as an assonant chord. I received my degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut, with a minor concentration in Computer Sciences, conducting research on the self-assembly of polymeric films for explosive detection under Prof. Mu-Ping Nieh.
I am currently a doctoral candidate in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, researching with Prof. Sharon Glotzer. In the Glotzer lab, I look to understand the music that describes what we see in nature and write a few symphonies of my own. Specifically, I use computational approaches to understand the self-assembly of nanoparticles, which are particles on the scale of nanometers to microns, and use these physical principles to design new materials.
My work has been featured in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, phys.org and Physical Review: Materials. I’ve also have the opportunity to present it at multiple national meetings, including the American Physical Society (2017, 2018), American Chemical Society (2017), Materials Research Society (2017, 2018), and the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (2017, 2018).