|Summer Scholar Bart Machielse examines a tellurium thin film coated onto a silicon oxide on silicon base in a glovebox during his 2015 NSF REU in the lab of MIT Assistant Professor Juejun (JJ) Hu, working on an infrared photonics project. Photo, Denis Paiste, MIT Materials Research Laboratory.|
What graduate program are you currently pursuing?
I'm pursuing a PhD in physics at Harvard in the Lukin and Loncar groups. I do research on nanophotonics and quantum emitters in diamond with applications in quantum networks.
Feb. 15, 2019
This year's Summer Scholar Internship Program runs June 16 to Aug. 10, 2019.
What awards have you received?
I received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2016, which is funding the first three years of my research.
What about your MIT Summer Scholar experience was most enjoyable?
MIT Summer school offered the best summer-long research experience I could have imagined. In three months, I got to work on three very different projects that taught me skills and knowledge that I continue to use today. Professor Juejun (JJ) Hu's group worked really hard to integrate me into its work, making me a part of the team despite the short time I was there.
How did your MIT Summer Scholars experience contribute to getting you where you are today?
Conducting research outside my home institution as an undergraduate taught me a lot about how different institutions are organized and helped me figure out what I wanted out of a community and research team.
The specific skills and knowledge I learned I still use almost every day, especially with regards to nanophotonics and nanofabrication.
What are your future plans or ambitions?
Continue to do research on quantum networks in an academic or industrial setting.