Graduate Program Alumni

Alumni of the graduate program at the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy have gone on to have successful careers in academia, scientific research, and private industry. The table below exhibits a sampling of the achievements made by recent alumni of the department’s graduate program.

Graduate Program AlumniGraduation YearCareer Track
Liang Dai
2015 PhD, AstrophysicsLiang Dai holds one of the top postdoctoral fellowships in the field, the NASA Einstein Fellowship, at the Institute for Advanced Study where he works on problems in astrophysics, theoretical cosmology and gravitation.
Veselin Kostov
2014 PhD, AstrophysicsVeselin Kostov is a NASA postdoctoral fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center. Previously, he spent a year as a McLean Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Toronto's Department of Astronomy.
Ji-Ming Shi
2012 PhD, AstrophysicsJi-Ming Shi is a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. His research focuses on accretion disks.
Stephanie LaMassa
2011 PhD, AstrophysicsStephanie LaMassa is an associate research scientist at Yale University. Her main research interests are studying accreting supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies and investigating the interplay between AGN activity and host galaxy star formation.
Ivelisse Cabrera
2010 Ph. D., Condensed Matter PhysicsIvelisse Cabrera was a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology before she became Scientific Analyst with Thomson Reuters.
Shengfeng Cheng
2010 PhD, Condensed Matter PhysicsShengfeng Cheng is an assistant professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. His research focuses on theoretical condensed matter physics.
Minho Son
2009 PhD, Particle PhysicsMinho Son spent several years in postdoctoral positions at Yale, Spaienza University of Rome, and Ecole polytechnique de Lausanne before becoming an assistant professor of physics at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
Yanyan Gao
2009 PhD, Particle PhysicsYanyan Gao is a researcher at Fermilab currently working for CERN. She focuses on the property measurements of the Higgs boson, and beyond standard model physics in coupling with the W and Z bosons.
Gia-Wei Chern
2008 PhD, Condensed Matter PhysicsGia-Wei Chern recently moved from Los Alamos, where he was an Oppenheimer Fellow, to the University of Virginia, where he is now an assistant professor.
Binquan Luan
2006 PhD, Condensed Matter PhysicsBinquan Luan is a permanent research staff member in IBM computational biology center. He has received IBM invention achievement award. His current research is focused on nanoscale mechanics and energetics in a biological or biomimetic system.
Kevin France
2006 PhD, AstrophysicsKevin France is an assistant professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado. He conducts his research at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder, Colorado.
Joerg Rottler
2003 PhD, Condensed Matter PhysicsJoerg Rottler recently became full professor at the University of British Columbia. His research employs computer simulations and the tools of statistical mechanics to understand and predict the structural and mechanical behavior of complex materials in and out of equilibrium.
Oskar Vafek
2003 PhD, Condensed Matter PhysicsOskar Vafek is an associate professor at Florida State and a staff member at the National High Magnetic Field Lab. His research focuses on superconductors.
Jennifer Lotz
2003 PhD, AstrophysicsJennifer Lotz is an assistant astronomer at Space Telescope Science Institute, where she studies how galaxies grow and evolve with time, and the role that galaxy mergers play in this process.
Christy Tremonti
2003 PhD, AstrophysicsChristy Tremonti held the prestigious Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship from NASA and is now an assistant professor in the Astronomy department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research is focused on galaxy evolution, in particular the processes that help regulate star formation.