Juliet Gopinath holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering
from the University of Minnesota and S. M. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical
engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For several
years, she was a member of technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. She is
now an assistant professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder in the
Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering and Physics Departments.
Born in Seattle, WA and raised in Derby, KS, Andrew earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D.
degree in physics from Kansas State University. His dissertation work focused on creating mid-infrared lasers from
molecular gases contained within hollow-core photonic crystal fibers. Every interested in understanding the world
around him, he has always been particularly fascinated by light and the "spooky action at a distance" associated
with fields. Away from work, he enjoys bowling, swimming, traveling, and sharing his love of all things outdoor
with his son, Solomon.
Robert Niederriter is a physics graduate student at the University of
Colorado at Boulder. After growing up in rural Minnesota, he received
a B.A. in physics from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Robert became interested in optics as a child while playing with light
and a magnifying glass and then more seriously through a summer
internship at the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany and
a fantastic laboratory optics course at Lawrence University. Other
interests include swing dancing and volunteering for social justice
causes, along with hiking, biking, skiing, and anything else outdoors
in beautiful Colorado.
Molly Krogstad is a physics graduate student at the University of
Colorado at Boulder. Originally from Maple Grove, MN, she received a B.S. degree in physics from the
University of Minnesota. She first became interested in optics during a summer REU in Boulder. In her
spare time she enjoys hiking, running, and reading.
Kenneth Underwood is a physics graduate student at the
University of Colorado at Boulder. Born in California and raised in suburban Massachusetts, he graduated
magna cum laude with a B.S. in physics from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. His interest
in optics was born from an internship at an optical fiber corporation based in his hometown, which also
provided motivation for him to pursue a Ph.D. in physics. His other interests include hiking, biking,
and watching movies with friends.
Former Undergraduate Students
David MallinDavid Mallin is part of a REU program through the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) for the summer of 2011. He is a physics undergraduate student at the University of San Diego in California. David became interested in physics after taking introductory physics courses from Dr. Daniel Sheehan in his first and second years as an undergraduate. Interests include food, video games, reading, and beaches.