FSU has the MagLab and the Applied Superconductivity Center, a world-class research Lab. The opportunities available at FSU's Department of Physics to work and collaborate with some of the best scientists in the world is inspiring and empowering. FSU allows me to pursue what I love and will open up future opportunities that other institutions might not have been able to provide.
Motivation to pursue a graduate degree
I was not satisfied with the understanding of physics that my undergraduate degree gave me; it created more questions than answers. I wanted to delve deeper into the awe-inspiring natural world and the best way to do this is to learn from professors who are leaders in their fields. A graduate degree not only improves your understanding of the relevant field but opens your perspective of what is possible.
Importance and/or impact of research and work
My work helps deepen the knowledge of superconducting devices, and the microscopic metallurgy needed to fabricate these devices. These superconductors have far-reaching effects on the power grid, the understanding of our universe, and future climate sustainability. The engineering and experimental condensed matter knowledge needed to fabricate these superconductors is the focus of my research.
I want to be active in cutting-edge research done in my field of expertise. This expertise is currently thin films and condensed matter physics. If this specialty changes to Biology or any other field of science I am happy as long as I can continue to gain new perspectives.
Advice for anyone considering graduate school
If you are enthusiastic about a subject and you want to know more than what undergrad has taught you, graduate school might be for you. Time will go by. If you wanted to do a master's and Ph.D. and you didn’t, you will regret it later in life. That being said, there is no better time than the present.
Accomplishments during graduate career
I am proud to have presented 3 presentations (2 oral and 1 poster) at national conferences. Our group received a grant to continue research on Nb3Sn with a focus on axion detectors.