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Our Alumnae have spring boarded from an undergraduate degree in physics to a wide range of careers. About 50% of them go to graduate school in physics or allied fields such as biophysics, computer science, engineering and material science. Several follow an academic path in research and teaching positions at universities and colleges. We have an increasing interest in our majors to become high school teachers. Our introduction of a education track in the major facilitates this career direction. Others have had interesting and diverse career paths in national research labs, R&D in industry, in non-profit organizations as well as corporate and intellectual property law. We have successful entrepreneurs too!

Alumni News

Congradulations to Isabel Lipartito, class of 2015, for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award. Isabel is at UC Santa Barbara doing work on Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector technology development and exoplanet direct imaging.

Melody Cao '16 is a working on her Ph.D in electrical engineering at MIT.

Emily Kaplan '16 is working on a Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is a TA in addition to taking classes. Soon she will be doing research with Don Umstadter, studying the interactions of ultra-high intensity laser light with plasma using the 100 terawatt Diocles laster system.

Carolyn Tewksbury '07 works at the Kirkland Air Force Base on classified projects.

Molly Mulligan '05 is completing her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.

Fatima Toor '04 is working on a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Princeton University.

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

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.

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

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

Deepa Subramaniam '00 is the first female engineer at salesforce. She started a company of her own (Wootric in San Fransico) and is the CEO. She is featured in an article in Women 2.0: '21 Female Founders and CEO's to Watch- Women Building Products for Business'.

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

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

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. Management.

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

Vasanthi Chandrasekaram '90 is an executive at Apple.

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)

Mayo Clinic (medical school)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (engineering)

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)