Ania Bleszynski is a 5th year graduate student in Professor Westervelt's group. She works on imaging electrons in nanostructures using a scanning probe microscope at He temperatures. Some of the system she studies are two-dimensional electron gases, quantum dots, and nanowires. While not scanning, she likes to run around on the tennis court, the basketball court, any court, but not the squash court. Reading novels is another
Steve Cronin is a post-doc in Prof. Tinkham's lab. His work focuses mainly on single carbon nanotube spectroscopy and electron transport measurements on the same individual nanotube. He has developed several techniques for measuring Raman spectroscopy of individual nanotubes under uniaxial strain and electrochemical gating.
Ilya Finkler is a fourth-year graduate student in physics dept working with professor Halperin. He is currently trying to understand how so-called zero-resistance state arise in 2DEG's subject to microwave radiation. When not doing physics, Ilya enjoys watching movies (the more depressing, the better--Ingmar Bergman, here we come), running, hiking, and listening to music (classical, folk, and russian rock).
Ian Gelfand is a 3rd year PhD student in Marc Kastner's group at MIT. His research topic is novel semiconductor structures and nanoelectronics.
Davide Iannuzzi grew up in Venice, Italy. He earned a "Laurea summa cum laude" in Physics at the University of Padua (Italy) and his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Pavia (Italy). He came to the US in 2001 to work as a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Labs (NJ). After 15 months, he moved to Harvard, where he is working in the group of Prof. Federico Capasso. His research interests focus on the investigation of quantum electrodynamics interactions between surfaces at submicron distances. In the past, he contributed to the development of new prototypes of particle detectors and to the understanding of the optical and electronic properties of liquefied noble gases. He spends all his free time playing with his two sons.
Adilet Imambekov, received his B.S. degree in 2002 from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He is a third-year graduate student in physics dept working with professor Demler. He is currently working on the interface of condensed matter and atomic physics, trying to understand theoretically the many-body behavior of BEC in confined geometries.
You can find him on weekdays climbing on some rocks near Boston, or in the climing gym, and on weekends going to New Hampshire to hike, rock climb or ice-climb. He comes to seminars when there is free food, so we are lucky to see him sometimes at our NSEC Research Exchange.
Jeff joined Prof. Charlie Marcus' group at Harvard as a graduate student in 2000, where he studies spin-related properties of electrons in mesoscopic solid-state structures. Jeff holds a bachelors degree in Materials Science and Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition to applied quantum mechanics, Jeff enjoys horticulture and photography, often at the same time.
I went to Williams College for my undergraduate (majored in Philosophy and Chemistry, honors in Chemistry, 1996)) and University of California, Berkeley for my Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry (2001, I worked on the electrodeposition of nanostructured thermoelectric materials). I grew up mostly in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and my hobbies (when I can manage to get away!) are cooking, hiking/backpacking, scuba diving, and playing softball, rugby, and ice hockey (the hockey I picked up when I moved here to Boston).
Heather grew up in Minnesota, explored the East Coast as an undergraduate at Wellesley College, and settled in Northern California for graduate school and some experience in industry. She got her PhD in Chemistry working with Prof. Michael Fayer at Stanford, studying photoinduced intermolecular electron transfer in liquids and structured local environments. She worked as an Optical Engineer in New Product Development at iolon, a startup company in Silicon Valley that makes lasers for telecommunications, and is now a part-time Visiting Asst. Prof. of Chemistry at Wellesley College while doing research in the laboratory of Prof. Moungi Bawendi at MIT. Her research at MIT will focus on studying mechanisms of blinking in single semiconductor nanocrystals, as well as factors that affect blinking. She enjoys entertaining, gardening, and analyzing personal and institutional attempts at organization and efficiency.
Argyrios Tsolakidis received his Ph.D. from the department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003 under the guidance of Prof. Richard M. Martin. His graduate work focused on the calculation of the optical response of various finite and extended electronic systems using mainly time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and the Bethe-Salpeter equation. He joined Prof. Kaxiras' group as a post-doctoral research fellow in September 2003 where he is mainly working on the calculation of the optical properties of various biological systems using TDDFT.
Qiaobing Xu, received his B.S. degree in 1999, and his M.S. degree in 2002 from Jilin University. He is a currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Harvard University under the direction of George M. Whitesides. His research interests include unconventional nanofabrication, material science, microfluidic systems and self-assembly.
Wei Yi received his B.S. in Applied Physics and B. Economics (Minor) from Tsinghua University, Beijing and M.S. in Condensed Matter Physics from IPCAS, Beijing. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Physics at the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University.
Dominik joined Prof. Marc Kastners group at MIT as a post doctoral fellow in september 2004, where he is studying spin and interactions in quantum dots. Dominik holds a diploma in physics from the Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, Switzerland, a masters degree in physics from Stanford University and a Ph. D. in physics from Harvard University, where he was working in Prof. Charles Marcus' group investigating spin, spin-orbit coupling and coherence in quantum dots. Dominik also enjoys choral singing, ballroom dancing and cooking for his friends.