The ILP program was an important factor in influencing Kai’s decision to attend Georgetown.
“It was creative that at that moment there was a program that tried to relate more to industry rather than just academia,” Kai says. “It’s the nature of the practical and industry-oriented program that appealed to me.”
“I am investigating how stress propagates through a branched biopolymer network,” Rich says. “Our research group uses novel dynamics imaging technology to directly visualize the microscopic behavior of soft materials under precisely controlled shear. Consequently, we gain the insight necessary to explain the interesting macroscopic mechanical behavior of our soft materials on a more fundamental and unique level.”
Tony was drawn to Georgetown by the ILP program’s business focus. He knew that he did not want to work in academia, yet he was still interested in pursuing a graduate degree in physics. Georgetown proved to be the ideal fit.
“It’s one of the few business-related programs out there,” he says.
Isha chose an internship at Procter & Gamble, in Cincinnati. She worked in the Micro Fluidics group studying about detergents and how well they dissolved in water. Most of her work was focused on studying the phase transitions taking place during the dissolution process of surfactants, which are the raw materials for making soaps.
“I will definitely cherish the experience of working in an industrial research environment,” Isha says. “Industrial research is very eye-opening.”
Yanfei's dissertation research involved fabricating carbon nanotube field effect transistors and measuring their electrical properties as a function of temperature and field-induced doping. She found that a single nanotube in contact with normal metal electrodes may become superconducting below about 30 K.
Reflecting on her graduate experience, she says “I am very grateful for the years learning and working in Professor Barbara's research group.”