Alumna Mona Ebrish was selected to attend the 2019 NextProf Nexus workshop hosted at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta in early October. The three-day workshop is designed to diversify the next generation of academic leaders in engineering, and give participants the opportunity to explore and prepare for faculty positions in academia.
Mona earned her doctoral degree in 2015 under the guidance of Prof. Steven Koester. Her graduate research focused on graphene, the two-dimensional form of carbon. Her dissertation titled “Graphene Quantum Capacitance Varactors,” is a study of the fundamental properties of the material and its use for biological sensing applications.
After graduation, Mona joined IBM at their research and development facility in Albany, NY, and worked on projects related to current or near-future technologies for IBM servers. She recently received the prestigious National Research Council fellowship, under the aegis of which she is pursuing a post-doctoral position at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington DC. During the term of her fellowship, Mona will be working on semiconductor materials with larger energy gap as compared to graphene, to be used in high voltage power applications.
The NextProf Nexus workshop hosts a select cohort of diverse engineering doctoral students, recent doctoral graduates, postdoctoral researchers or early-career scientists and researchers, and top faculty and deans from around the country. The event encourages traditionally underrepresented U.S. demographic groups to participate in academic careers.