Joshua Carlson completed a B.S. in physics with a minor in mathematics at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, he worked as a lab assistant formulating fluorine-based water, oil, and environmentally resistant fabrics and papers. While his experience in industry was chemistry based, his true passion lies in plasma physics and nuclear fusion energy research. He is currently a graduate student working with Prof. David Schaffner in the Bryn Mawr Plasma Lab and is looking forward to pursing a Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr College.
Carlos A. Cartagena-Sanchez
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.
Andy received his B.S. in physics at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and proceeded to industry for the next three years. His work in industry involved upgrading an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot, and developing processing schemes for hand held metal detectors with the intention of detecting low conducting parts commonly found in improvised explosive devices (IEDs). While he enjoyed his work in industry, he decided to return to academia to pursue a deeper understanding in physics. He is now a fourth year graduate student doing research with Prof. Cheng in the Nanomaterials and Spintronics Lab. His current research focuses on developing and characterizing ultra-soft dynamic cell culture substrata, the mechanical property of which can be tuned by applied magnetic field. These dynamic substrata aim to replicate physiologically relevant mechanical cues, such as the stiffening of the extracellular matrix.
Tyler received his B.S. in physics with a minor in chemistry from Binghamton University, State University of New York. His fascination with physics stems from a desire to understand how the world around us works at fundamental levels. He is currently interested in Quantum foundations research as well as trying to understand the apparent asymmetry between matter/anti-matter in the universe. In his free time, Tyler enjoys playing soccer, brewing beer, snowboarding, and hiking.
Ever since I was in elementary school, I loved math and the planets. 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 B.S. in physics with a concentration in astrophysics and a minor in mathematics. During my undergraduate academic career, I did research on galaxy evolution in the southern compact group (SCG) with Prof. 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 working with Prof. Kathryne Daniel on galaxy evolution and dynamics 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! Having a hands-on learning experience where I am constantly forced out of my comfort zone has boosted my confidence. It is nice to have small class sizes that allows for us to dictate the pace of lectures permitting all of us to be on the same page and ask questions to clarify concepts.
Amy received her B.S. in physics with a minor in mathematics from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She has been passionate about physics since she was a child, and she could often be found reading about and then designing her own experiments at home. She has always been fascinated by the night sky and space exploration and is an avid student of astronomy and astrophysics. She is currently researching spiral galaxy evolution and dynamics in Prof. Kathryne Daniel’s astrophysics research lab. Her hobbies include swimming, hiking, video gaming, attending book clubs, and playing chess.
I am the most senior graduate student in the department now. I cannot appreciate enough the education and training I have got from physics department especially my advisor Prof. Cheng. In our department, every graduate student can have personalized Ph.D. program and work closely with the professors. Besides the research work I regularly do in our own lab, I do experiments at user facilities in National labs and get the chance to present my research work at two conferences every year on average. I grew tremendously in the past six years and I will be graduating and getting into my next journey with unforgettable memories and lots of appreciations about physics department.