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Physics Student and Alumni Stories

Emily Harkness, BS Physics '20

Drexel University Physics Student Emily Harkness

Degree: BS Physics '20
Research interests: Disease-oriented biophysics, innovations in medical physics
Co-op: Research Assistant, Drexel Department of Physics
Extracurricular activities: Drexel Treblemakers (a cappella group), Women in Physics Society, Pennoni Honors College
Awards: A.J. Drexel Scholarship, Walter R. Coley award for academic excellence in physics

Emily Harkness joined Drexel's Department of Physics on a quest to understand the universe — and encountered a community that encouraged her to explore the breadth of her degree.

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James Minock, BS Physics ’20

James Minock

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am a soon to be fifth year undergraduate physics major who has been working in neutrino physics research. I study computer science for my minor, and I am also a part of Drexel’s Honors Program. Currently, I am a software developer for University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Biomedical Imaging and Computational Analysis.

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Johannes Wagner, BS Physics ’20

Johannes Wagner

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I’m a junior physics major minoring in mathematics, computer science and data science. I’m originally from St. Pölten, Austria and came to Philadelphia in 2015. My research interests are rooted in computational particle physics. Next to physics and coding, I enjoy weightlifting and consider myself a fitness enthusiast. I also love travelling!

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Eesha Das Gupta, BS Physics '19

Eesha Das Gupta

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am currently a senior physics major here at Drexel. I'm an active member of the Drexel chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), and Vice President of the Drexel Women in Physics Society (WiPS). I'm interested in computational physics research and physics outreach, and like to explore both as a part of the Drexel physics department.

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Keziah Sheldon, BS Physics '19

Keziah Sheldon

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I’m a senior physics major, I’m also a cellist, and I love coffee!

What’s your current research project? Please tell us about other research projects you were involved in.

My current research project is exploring the ICA weight space of 75,000 quasars to find possible luminosity correlations, which would be useful in constraining cosmological parameters. I’ve also been working on an archival search for existing HST quasar spectra to be used in a large scale with ground-based spectra for a further comprehensive analysis of the quasar population.

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Riley Stanford, BS Physics '19

Drexel Physics Major Riley Stanford

The thrill of solving complex problems — and the countless applications of her degree — have drawn Drexel University Physics junior Riley Stanford to bridge the disciplines of engineering, biophysics, chemistry, math and more, and to tackle challenges as wide ranging as threats to national defense and a mutant strain of Alzheimer’s disease.

Stanford’s first co-op was in the Weapons Control Systems department of aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin. The role — a systems engineering position — challenged her to write and fix code for a simulated threat to national defense using computational skills she learned in her physics courses.

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Mark Giovinazzi, BS Physics '18

Drexel University Physics Student Mark Giovinazzi

Degree: BS Physics (Astrophysics concentration) '18, Minor in Mathematics
Research Interests: Cosmology and computational astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology
Co-ops:
- Experimental Cosmology Researcher, University of Pennsylvania
- Computational Data Scientist, IceCube Neutrino Observatory
- Spectrum Systems Laboratory Technical Specialist, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories
Extracurricular activities: Society of Physics Students, Drexel University Circle K (service group), Pennoni Honors College, softball and football intramural teams

From conducting research for the South Pole's IceCube Neutrino Observatory to building homes through Drexel's Alternative Spring Break, Mark Giovinazzi took full advantage of his Drexel Physics degree.

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