PQI Graduate Student Profile: Azarin Zarassi

Azarin Zarassi is a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Pitt.

She works in the Frolov lab and is assembling a Majorana qubit with a superconducting qubit to use the coupling between them to read the state of the Majorana qubit from the microwave frequency response of the resonator in the superconducting qubit. This device paves the way to future generation of quantum computers and is the beginning of many studies to exploit Majorana fermions and their unique topological features.

Azarin was a PQI Graduate Student Research Fellow in 2018/2019.

PQI Profiles: Sue Coppersmith

Dr. Susan Coppersmith is the Robert E. Fassnacht and a Vilas Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She is a theoretical condensed matter physicist who has worked on a broad range of problems in the area of complex systems, and has made substantial contributions to the understanding of subjects including glasses, granular materials, the nonlinear dynamics of magnetic flux lattices in type-II superconductors, and quantum computing. 

Dr. Coppersmith has served as Chair of the UW-Madison physics department, as a member of the NORDITA advisory board, as a member of the Mathematical and Physical Science Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, and as a Trustee at the Aspen Center for Physics.  She has served as Chair of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the American Physical Society, as Chair of the Section on Physics of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences, and as Chair of the External Advisory Board of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

PQI Graduate Student Profile: Edward Beall

Edward Beall is a graduate student in in the Department of Chemistry at Pitt.

He works in the Waldeck lab and observes charge transport through molecular bridges by studying the electrical conductance of a single molecule. This will aid in miniaturizing circuitry, hopefully to the nanoscale. 

Edward won a travel award at the Science 2015 poster session for his poster on "Scanning Tunneling Microscope Break Junction Method with Continuous Bias Modulation”.

PQI Graduate Student Profile: Megan Kirkendall

Megan Kirkendall is a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Pitt.

She works in the Levy lab where she researches quantum simulation at the lanthanum aluminate strontium titanate interface. Her research involves engineering a lattice interface on the nanometer scale, and then using that information to simulate a quantum system that can be studied. This process provides insight into quantum systems that cannot be simulated with a normal computer.

Megan won the grand prize at the Science 2014 poster session for her poster on “Experimental Quantum Simulation Using 1D LaAlO3/SrTiO3”.

PQI Graduate Student Profile: Devashish Gopalan

Devashish Gopalan is a graduate student in the Department of Physics of Carnegie Mellon University. 

He works in the Feenstra lab where he normally researches the large-scale synthesis of 2D heterotructures. He has recently shifted his interest in the direction of studying physical phenomena within the 2-dimensional limit. 

Devashish won a travel award at the Science 2015 poster session for his poster on “Formation of Hexagonal Boron Nitride On Graphene-Covered Copper Surfaces”.

PQI Graduate Student Profile: Mitchell Groenenboom

Mitch Groenenboom is a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at Pitt.

He works in the Keith group on molecular-promoted CO2 reduction, anti-corrosion coatings, and multiscale modeling of metal nanoparticles.

Mitch won a travel award at the Science 2015 poster session for his poster on "Aqueous Phase CO2 Reduction with Sodium Borohydride: an Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics and Nudged-Elastic Band Mechanistic Study.



PQI Graduate Student Profile: Adam Argondizzo

Adam Argondizzo is a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Pitt.

He works in the Petek lab where he focuses on Multiphoton Photoemission. His research will aid in increasing efficiency of photocatalytic processes towards producing clean energy. 

Adam won a travel award at the Science 2015 poster session for his poster on “Multi-Photon Photoemission Excitation in TiO2”.

PQI Undergraduate Student Profile: Alexandre Gauthier

Alexandre is an undergraduate senior who majors in physics at the University of Pittsburgh. He began his research with Professor Jeremy Levy when he was a freshman. Gauthier’s research focuses on the production of an advanced canvas analyzer, used to measure the electrical properties of multiterminal devices, and a low temperature scanning probe microscope, used to study electromechanical properties of single-electron transistors. He was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship for his innovations which was described by Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg as “the highest national honor that can be won by undergraduate students studying science, math, or engineering, which makes the entire Pitt community particularly proud of Alexandre's selection.”