Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship

The Optical Society / SPIE

Term: 2014-2015

Ariel Marshall

Ariel Marshall is a Ph.D. candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Originally from Benton, AR, Ariel studied chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Central Arkansas, where she worked with Prof. Patrick Desrochers on the synthesis and characterization nickel-cysteine complexes that have potential applications in hydrogen formation. She then joined Georgia Tech to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry where she currently works with Prof. Joseph Perry. Her research focuses on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of organic conjugated small molecule and polymer systems with promising applications in electronics, photonics, and photovoltaics. Ariel is a member of The Optical Society, Materials Research Society, and American Chemical Society. She is also an alumni member of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority.

In addition to her Ph.D. studies, Ariel is heavily involved in the public policy programs at Georgia Tech. She was awarded the 2012-2013 Sam Nunn Security Policy Fellowship, a MacArthur-funded program in which scientists and engineers are prepared to render policy advice on issues at the nexus of science, technology, and international affairs. In 2013, she received her Graduate Certificate of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, during which she examined policies pertaining to renewable energy and STEM education issues.

Ariel is also involved with several student organizations, including Georgia Tech chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (GT-NOBCChE), where she previously served as Vice President. As GT-NOBCChE Vice President, Ariel organized and implemented the GT-NOBCChE agenda across the Georgia Tech campus, creating monthly professional development workshops for students and postdoctoral fellows and K-12 outreach opportunities to promote scientific study among African American students.

During her term as an Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow, Ariel looks forward to serving as a scientific source for her colleagues, particularly on issues pertaining to renewable energy and education. After her term, she plans to continue working with the Federal Government and is particularly interested in working with the U.S. Department of Energy on the renewable energy future of the nation.