Minorities and Women in Science Interview Series

The Minorities and Women in Science Interviews are feature articles that include conversations with individuals who have devoted their careers to optics and photonics. Read what researchers, business professionals and educators have to say about their careers and work-life balance.

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 NEW! Arti Agrawal, City University, London, United Kingdom
Arti received her PhD at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and is now a University Research Fellow at the City University London in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.
Miriam Boer, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Miriam Boer is a Ph.D. student studying Biochemistry at the University of Maryland
Ciara Close, University College Dublin, Ireland
Ciara Close is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Photopolymers and their applications at the University College Dublin.
Audrey Ellerbee, Harvard University, USA
Audrey Ellerbee is a scientist studying biomedical optics at Harvard University. She graduated from Princeton with a B.S.E. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Duke University. She served as an Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow and is an active member of OSA, SPIE, and the National Society of Black Engineers.
Brooke Hester, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Brooke Hester is a Ph.D. student working in the Optical Tweezers Lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In addition, she recently founded the OSA University of Maryland, College Park Student Chapter.
Yunhee Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea
Yunhee Kim is a Ph.D. student at Seoul National University studying optical three-dimensional (3D) display.
Dr. Myun-Sik Kim, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Myun-Sik Kim received a Master degree on Mechatronics from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Korea in 2004 and a PhD in Photonics from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in 2011. He is currently working with SUSS MicroOptics as a senior metrology engineer.
Meredith Lee, Stanford University, USA
Meredith Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and has been President of the Stanford Chapter of OSA and SPIE since 2006.
Chrysanthe Preza, University of Memphis, USA
Chrysanthe Preza is an associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; an associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; and a principal Investigator, Computational Imaging Research Lab.
Ruby Raheem, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Ruby Raheem does graduate-level Biophotonics research at the University of Edinburgh. When she's not using optics to probe into the molecular mechanism of living cells, she's organizing optics activities on campus, and dedicating time to reach out to young students.
Stephen Roberson, Florida A&M University, USA
Stephen Roberson received his PhD in Physics at Florida A&M University in 2006 and currently works at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD.
Alia Sabur, Konkuk University, South Korea
In February of 2008, at age 19, the Guinness Book of World Records named Alia Sabur the world’s youngest university professor. She is currently teaching at Konkuk University, in South Korea.
Yanina Shevchenko, Carleton University, Canada
Yanina Shevchenko is an OSA Student Member and PhD student working on developing surface plasmon resonance biosensors in the Advanced Photonics Components Lab at Carleton University. She also is the newest columnist for Optics and Photonics News (OPN).
Sapna Shroff, University of Rochester, USA
Sapna Shroff received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2010 and currently works at the Ricoh Innovations, Inc in California.
Arlene Smith, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway), Ireland
Arlene Smith is an OSA Student Member and Ph.D. student studying Experiment Physics at NUI Galway. In addition, she recently founded the OSA NUIG Student Chapter and was the key organizer of the IONS-7 conference in Galway.
Yasaman Soudagar, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Yasaman Soudagar grew up in Tehran, Iran.  Her story is one of a struggling female student fighting to be considered an equal by her male counterparts to a promising physicist with the endless possibilities.
Amy Sullivan received her PhD in Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008, and is currently working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy as the Assistant Professor of Physics at Agnes Scott College. She has been an active OSA Member since 2004, and has participated in OSA programs such as Student Chapter Outreach and Frontiers in Optics.
Dorota Szczesna, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
Dorota Szczesna, is an OSA Student Member originally from Wroclaw, Poland, who currently resides in Brisbane, Australia. Szczesna is the recipient of the Endeavor Research Fellowship Award and is currently undertaking the Postdoctoral Research program at Queensland University of Technology, School of Optometry.
Desiré Whitmore, University of California, Irvine, USA
Desiré Whitmore is a 3rd year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine, studying Chemical and Material Physics.