Alex hails from the snowy land of Chardon, Ohio. As a young lad he was always fascinated by science and math and was a very enthusiastic member of his local Science Olympiad teams. When he attended the slightly less snowy University of Mount Union for undergrad he decided to major in physics because he loved how the math and the science came together in (sometimes not so) beautiful equations. After four short years containing marching band, choir, and lots of time locked away in the basement of Mount Union's science building, Alex received his B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics.
In the Fall of 2011 Alex set foot on Bryn Mawr's campus for the first time as a graduate student. He chose Bryn Mawr because he enjoys the feel of a small liberal arts college while also having the research and teaching opportunities that Bryn Mawr has to offer.
Alex is currently studying vibrational spectra of molecular hydrogen with Liz McCormack and hopes to teach at the college/university level after graduate school. In his free time he enjoys his vast collection of LEGO sets (which just seems to keep growing for some reason), playing video games, and practicing his trumpet.
I am a fourth year grad student at Bryn Mawr College. For my undergraduate degree, I attended the University of Mount Union, a small liberal arts college in Alliance, OH. I choose to attend Bryn Mawr for graduate school because it has the benefits of a small school (a close-knit department, personal attention, etc.) while still offering rigorous research opportunities.
My interest is physics stems from my love of learning how the universe works. I find great beauty in mathematical models of the physical world, and am passionate about sharing my love of the subject with others. After completing my degree, I hope to teach physics in an environment similar to Mount Union/Bryn Mawr.
I am now a third year graduate student doing research with Professor Xuemei Cheng as a member of the Nanomaterials and Spintronics Lab. We graduate students have personalized PhD programs and opportunities to work closely with the professors here at Bryn Mawr. Come join us! ^_^
I did not realize my passion for physics until my junior year of high school. I excelled at math and science at an early age, but never saw its usefulness until my first physics class in eleventh grade. It was amazing to me (and still is!) that we can describe our physical world by mathematical equations. This spark of interest led me to study at West Chester University where I received a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Math. During my studies at West Chester, I worked under Dr. Matthew Waite studying aluminum zinc oxide (AZO) thin films. AZO films are being looked at to replace films currently used in common electronic devices, such as flat screen televisions, which would drop their material cost dramatically (i.e. cheaper T.V.s!!).
After graduating, I landed a job as a research physicist at a robotics company. I was part of an upgrade team for an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot used by bomb squads, military and police. However, the majority of my focus was researching and developing processing schemes for handheld metal detectors used to find landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In the Spring of 2015, I made the decision to return to academia to further challenge myself and expand my understanding of our physical world.
This is my first year as a graduate student at Bryn Mawr College. I am excited to continue my studies and look forward to doing research at the graduate level. I am also excited to be given the opportunity to work with Bryn Mawr students and aid in their understanding of our physical world.
Carlos A. Cartagena-Sanchez received his Physics and Mathematics B.S. at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His passion for physics stems from a high school physics experiment; which gave Carlos the realization that phenomena can be modeled through mathematics.
Currently Carlos is developing the Bryn Mawr Experiment in the Bryn Mawr Plasma Laboratory. The Bryn Mawr Experiment is focused on investigating Magnetohydrodynamic turbulence.
Ever since I was in elementary school, I loved math and astronomy. Knowing that people have been to the moon and others are living and working in space in the ISS amazed (and continues to amaze) me. My desire to understand math and its applications led me on the path of attending an early college program and obtaining an Associates in Science degree while I was in high school. I transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I received a BS in Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics and a minor in Mathematics.
While I was an undergraduate, I did research on galaxy evolution in the southern compact group (SCG) with Dr. Cecil where I took images of galaxies using the PROMPT and PROMPT-SSO telescopes, located in Chile and Australia respectively. I was a member of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Women in Physics (WIP) where I took on leadership roles and eventually became secretary of SPS and president of WIP my last year as an undergraduate.
Currently, I am a first-year graduate student at Bryn Mawr College. Transitioning from a big university to a small college has been the best decision I have ever made. Being able to know all your professors is a wonderful experience! I look forward to helping students become comfortable with physics concepts, of course with some astronomy sprinkled in along the way. I hope I can get involved with outreach within the Bryn Mawr community because encouraging women and minorities to pursue a career in physics or any of the STEM fields is the first step towards diversity in the STEM community.