Ms. Emily Cubbage graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a B.S. in Physics. While at the University she concentrated in experimental physics and spent a year and a half participating in research under two different professors. During the summer of 2015 she received a Mitchell Fellowship through the UVA Physics Department to fund her research with Professor Robert Jones where she fabricated gold nanowires using the directed electrochemical nanowire assembly method. At UVA she had the opportunity to hold several leadership positions in organizations on grounds including serving as the president of the Society of Physics Students. Through the PSM program in Nanoscale Physics at Rice Ms. Cubbage hopes to build on her physics background and continue to develop her leadership and communication skills.
Bret Halbe NP ’10, KLA-Tencor, California:
"I was working as a middle school science teacher in Phuket, when I decided to go back to school and change careers. My desire was to work in a field where high-tech innovations were currently happening, and nanotechnology especially interesting to me. Rice University had a great reputation in this field, and the Professional Science Masters program was appealing to me because it combined a solid science education with practical business training.
Looking back, I feel that both sides of the PSM education has helped me tremendously in my role at KLA-Tencor (soon to be LAM). I use both my education in nano-fabrication as well as the communication and presentation skills I learned at Rice on almost a daily basis. Apart from the education, I also found that the opportunities Rice provided for networking and interacting with industry professionals incredibly useful. Currently, I'm working at KLA-Tencor as an Applications Engineer. I works with equipment which is used in the semiconductor industry for inspecting Silicon wafers My job requires me to travel to semiconductor fabs around the world to interact with our customers and to help with their inspection needs. I would describe my job as part engineering and part marketing, which fits well with the science and business education I received at Rice."
Mr. Benson graduated from University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Physics and Management of Computer Systems. He currently works at Boeing as an Embedded Software Engineer on the International Space Station project. He has applied his strong interest in optics to writing control system software and testing hardware for several research projects. These projects include operating computer systems for telescopes, an observatory class telescope, and an optical lightning detection device. Due to time constraints related to his employment with Boeing, Mat had to withdraw from the course work for the time being.
Mr. Kittler came to Rice from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Mathematics in 2007. He was attracted to our program for the opportunity to combine further training in nano-related science courses with courses and hands-on experience in business and management. He felt our program was the best preparation for his goal to be prepared for a career in industry related to nanotechnology. After graduation in May 2009, Wilfred accepted a position as a Magnetic Resonance Applications Engineer for Magritek Ltd. in Wellington, New Zealand.
Ms. Joseph received her B.S. in Physics at Stella Maris College in Madras, India, and received a M.S. in Physics at Loyola College in Chennai, India. Sona’s interest for nanotechnology arose from assisting with a project in bio-nano materials in India. She joined our program to establish a foundation in nanotechnology education and learn about the potential applications of nanotechnology in both medicine and engineering. Sona conducted an academic research internship at Rice University, and secured employment with the Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering UT Health Science Center at Houston. In 2013, Sona accepted employment with ExxonMobil.
Mr. Gullapalli received his B.S. in electrical engineering at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University inHyderabad, India. He received a national level first prize award for a quantum robotics paper in 2006. He wanted to receive a solid background in nanoscale physics to further his education enabling him to progress towards a career in nano-electronics. After his graduation in 2009, Hemtej entered a PhD program at Rice's MEMS department, graduating in 2014 and continuing as a post doc.
Mr. Airdakhanov joins our program on an International Bolashak Scholarship of the President of theRepublic of Kazakhstan. He attendedAl-Farabi Kazak National University’s Department of Physics to pursue his bachelor’s degree in physics. He received several merit awards at his university including the President’s scholarship and the 2nd prize in the 60th Scientific Conference of Young Scientists and Students in 2006.When accepted in the Nanoscale Physics program at Rice, his goal to complete his studies at aU.S. university was realized, and he successfully advanced his knowledge in nanoscale physics. Damir returned to Kazakhstan after graduation and is now working for the Kazakhstan Sustainable Energy Fund.
Mr. Rosellini received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Dallas in 2001 after retiring as a pro-athlete from the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. He earned an MBA and a Masters of Accounting from the University of Texas in Dallas in 2003 and a J.D. from Hofstra Law School, Long Island in 2006. Mr. Rosellini also received a Master of Neuroscience from the University of Texas, Dallas in 2007. He is President and CEO of MicroTransponder, Inc., a UT Dallas spin-out company developing wireless neuroprosthetics. During his studies at Rice he focused on nervous system interaction with non-electronics and nanoscale devices.
Ms. Nellore graduated from Osmania University in India with a B.E. in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering in 2008. She is seeking to gain practical experience and management training in conjunction with comprehensive and in-depth technical knowledge in the field of nanophysics. Her focus areas are nanofabrication technology and nano-electronics. Vishwa completed an academic research internship with Dr. Morosan at Rice University. This experience got her interested in research and she decided to pursue a PhD. Vishwa was accepted into a PhD track at Duke University, and in 2014 completed the PhD continuing as a post doc in cancer genomics research.
Mr. Halbe received his B.S. degree in Physics at Washington University in St. Louis in 2001. He worked for the Los Alamos National Lab, Neutron Science Center in New Mexico for 3 ½ years where he was part of their Beam Delivery Team for the LANSCE particle accelerator. He spent the last three years teaching science in Phuket, Thailand. Mr. Halbe chose our program because of the opportunity to study science as well as receiving exposure to business and management. Bret interned with Nanoridge in Houston, Texas and secured employment with KLA Tencor in California.