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Alumnae News

Vasanthi Chandrasekaram '90 is an executive at Apple.

Smita Srinivas '92 is director of Technological Change and Urban Social Policy Unit at Columbia University. She earned her M.S in physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D in economic development and technology planning from M.I.T.

Emily Willis '96 is payload operations director at NASA working on the International Station program.

Ronni Fantini '97 is working on microwave transmission systems in Raytheon. Raytheon paid her for her master's in electrical engineering.

Melissa Eblen '99 is assistant professor of physics at Carleton College. She earned her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Minnesota.

Alexa Mattheyses '00 is a postdoctoral fellow in cellular biophysics at the Rockefeller Research Institute in New York.

Corin Benedict '01 teaches science at Thetford Academy, the oldest secondary school in Vermont.

Cassandra Royce '02 is working on a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago School of Medicine.

Efrosyni Seitaridou '02 completed her Ph.D in applied physics at Caltech and is now an assistant professor at Emory College.

Banu Demirkiran '03 works at Goldman Sachs in risk management.

Graduate Schools Attended by Smith Physics Majors

Boston College (law school)

Boston University (management)

California Techical Institute (applied physics)

Cornell University (materials science; physics)

Dartmouth College (engineering; engineering management)

Duke University (medical physics; physics)

Harvard University (applied physics; biology)

Long Beach State (social work)

Mayo Clinic (medical school)

Portland State University (education)

Princeton University (engineering)

Purdue University (engineering)

Smith College (education)

University of California. Berkeley (architecture; building science; education; physics)

University of Californina, San Diego (mathematics)

University of Chicago (medical school)

University of Colorado (astrophysics; physics)

University of Massachusetts, Amherst (engineering; physics)

University of Michigan (biophysics)

University of Minnesota (physics)

University of Oregon (physics)

University of Rochester (engineering)

University of Washington (electrical engineering)

Feedback From our Graduates

"When I finished at Smith, I went straight to grad at Georgia Tech to get my masters in electrical engineering. The other students in my research group were so surprised at how well prepared I was having come from a 'girls school'—remember, this is the South where most people have not heard of Smith. They quickly learned to have respect for my educational background! It was interesting to go from an environment with 100% women, to one with about 10 percent women, which is typical of engineering schools. We adjusted quickly and in general, I think the men were glad to have us around, although we did have to prove ourselves intellectually, which wasn't hard since the Smith professors had prepared us so well! Even to this day, when people see my resume, they ask why my GPA at Georgia Tech was higher than my GPA at Smith, I always reply, 'Because Smith was a lot harder.'"

Emily Willis '96, now working at NASA

"In May, I had the opportunity to be part of the U.S. delegation to the 2nd International Conference on the Status of Women in Physics, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was a fascinating look at the challenges women face in pursuing physics around the world from the U.S. and U.K. to Tunisia, Botswana and China. It really makes you appreciate the leading role that institutions like Smith can play in encouraging women to go into and stay with physics... Although I hadn't had as much coursework as other students when I arrived at grad school, I did find that all of my research experience gave me a big jump start on my colleagues from bigger schools."

Melissa Eblen-Zayas '99, now teaching physics at Carleton College

"Everyone here is very impressed with the amount of Math we have as undergraduates at Smith. Apparently they don't even really teach tensors or calculus of variations to the undergrad engineering majors here. Thank you! I'm ahead of the game in at least one area. I think it will make my math course in the fall much easier."

Molly Mulligan '05, now pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"It is a very challenging environment, but everyday I appreciate so much more that I studied physics. It helps me immensely in my work...The analytical and mathematical knowledge I had attained through physics has proven to be of great value in my profession."

Banu Demirkiran '03, now employed at Goldman Sachs

"I came to Smith from India in '96 determined to pursue a major in physics. To my joy the department was wonderful and with a laser sharp focus on academics...The overlap of electronics courses, circuits, programming, mathematics and lab experience made the confluence of physics, CS and engineering almost seamless."

Deepa Subramaniam '00, now in law school