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Riccardo Comin, MIT
Riccardo Comin joined MIT as an Assistant Professor of Physics in July 2016. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Universita’ degli Studi di Trieste in Italy, where he also obtained a M.Sc. in Physics in 2009. Later, he pursued doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada, earning a PhD in 2013. Since 2014 he is an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto.
For his work using synchrotron-based x-ray scattering methods on quantum materials and electrically-tuned optoelectronic materials, he was recently selected as recipient of the Bancroft Thesis Award (2014), Fonda-Fasella Award (2014), John Charles Polanyi Prize in Physics (2015), McMillan Award (2015), and Bryan R. Coles prize (2016).
JoDe Lavine, Bunker Hill Community College
Dr. Lavine is the Engineering Department program Coordinator
Kim Michelle Lewis, Howard University
Dr. Kim Michelle Lewis is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her secondary education in the New Orleans Public school system and graduated from McDonogh #35 Senior High School in 1994. She studied at Dillard University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1998. At Dillard University, Kim received the David and Lucile Packard and the UNCF/Mellon Fellowships. She worked in the Dillard University High Energy Impact Research Laboratory, and her investigation of the fragmentation of wood composite materials using high speed imaging won several Packard Research Awards.
In 1998 Dr. Lewis was accepted to the University of Michigan Applied Physics PhD Program and received a $120,000 David and Lucille Packard Fellowship and several Pre-doctoral Research Grants from the Social Science Research Council. Following her first year, she joined Professor Ç. Kurdak’s Condensed Matter group in the Physics Department. Dr. Lewis' thesis work was the development of single electron devices for application as low-noise electrometers. This work led to a U.S. Patent No. 6,777,911 in August 2004.
In January 2018, Dr. Lewis accepted a position as the Associate Dean of Research, Graduate Programs, and Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Douglas T. McClure, IBM
Doug McClure is a Research Staff Member and Manager of Quantum System Deployment at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York. Since joining IBM in 2012, he has focused on several aspects of building quantum computers based on superconducting qubits: improving quantum measurements, qubit coherence times, and most recently the performance and reliability of large multi-qubit devices. He received his PhD in experimental physics from Harvard University, where under the guidance of Professor Charlie Marcus he studied the physics of fractional quantum Hall states with potential applications in topological quantum computing.
Paul Sabila, Gallaudet University
Dr. Paul Sabila completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, at the University of Connecticut (2008). Dr. Sabila earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Connecticut (2006) and his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Nairobi in Kenya (1999). His dissertation work synthesis of strained and heterocyclic organic compounds. While studying for his doctorate, he completed an internship at Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Dr. Sabila has also worked as an assistant Quality control Manager (Gesto Pharmaceuticals, Kenya) and as a Medical Sales Representative (Phillips Pharmaceuticals, Kenya). He is a member of the American Chemical Society, Organic division.