Congratulations to our colleague, Prof. Nader Engheta (SEAS, secondary appointment in Physics and Astronomy), who has been selected to receive the 2020 Max Born Award from the Optical Society (OSA)! This is a wonderful and well-deserved honor for Nader, and through our association with him, for our department.
Combining theoretical insights with experimental results, physicists demonstrate a new design for optoelectronic devices that could help make optical fiber communications more energy efficient.
Congratulations to our May degree PhD candidates who successfully defended their dissertation! (see list)
Ashley Baker, Anthony Chieco, Rachael Creager, Paul Masih Das, Tatyana Gavrilchenko, Christopher Lynn, Charlotte Pfeifer, and Tae-Hyeon Shin
Researchers develop a physical model that describes the optimal amount of ‘memory’ of prior infections that bacteria should have in order to efficiently mount a successful immune response.
Thomas H. Wood Prize – Awarded to Ethan Abraham and Sarah Kane
Awarded annually to the undergraduate student in introductory physics who has demonstrated, during the course of their undergrad coursework, the greatest proficiency in assimilating the concepts of physics, based on overall performance in all aspects of the undergrad program as judged by members of the physics faculty.
William E. Stephens Prize – Awarded to Brooke Digia and Abigail Poteshman
Arnold M. Denenstein Prize – Awarded to David Rivera and Ningfeng Zhu
Provided from an endowment established by the family, friends, and colleagues of Arnold M. Denenstein to honor his memory and his contributions to science. Awarded annually to a graduate student, judged by the Physics and Astronomy Department, who shows the most promise of becoming and outstanding experimental physicist.
Amanda is a first-year graduate student who came to Penn from Bennington College. As an undegraduate she worked on the MiniCLEAN dark matter experiment at SNOLAB and in solar astrophysics at Harvard. She is now working with the neutrino group.