I am absolutely fascinated by nanotechnology. I see so much possibility and opportunity. I had the good fortune of growing up near one of only a few community colleges in the country that offer a degree in nanotechnology, where I earned my degree. Through the Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership, I was able to to visit Penn State University and earn a Certification of Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology by completing the Capstone Semester. This turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life! I highly recommend it. The experience I earned at Penn State helped me land a job immediately out of college with a company called CyOptics Inc., where I worked for eight months helping manufacture lasers for fiber optic systems. Now I'm a process technician in Malta, NY for a company called Global Foundries, one of the most highly sophisticated semiconductor foundries in the world. My unique background gives me experience with research and development environment as well as high production environment. I spend my free time experimenting with ferrofluids and researching phenomena such as sonoluminescence. By utilizing my background and resources as well as devoting countless hours of experimentation, I have even designed my own novel ferrofluid toy and recently founded a company as a result. I want to encourage and inspire young people to get interested in science and learn as much as I can along the way! My experience has taught me that asking a good question is a valuable skill and the most exciting results are the ones that are least expected.
Nanoscale phenomena, Technology tools and applications, Societal implications, Safety, Careers in nano, Consumer products, Envisioning the future