Graduate Students Join Alumni Ranks

During Harvard University's 368th Commencement on May 30, 478 Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences students joined the ranks of SEAS alumni, a diverse and dynamic network of academics, scientists, technologists, and professionals that spans the globe. Seventy-seven students received doctoral degrees, 82 students received master's degrees, and 319 students received bachelor's degrees.

Meet a few of the newest members of the SEAS alumni community.

Drew Wong, who earned a Ph.D. in applied physics, will start a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, focused on additive manufacturing of electrochemical cells for CO2 reduction in the atmosphere. The research seeks to pull CO2 out of the atmosphere and use it to make new materials, he said. “It is exciting because I can simultaneously try to save the planet and address some critical resource issues,” he said. (Photo by Eliza Grinnell/SEAS Communications)

Daniel Haehn, who earned a Ph.D. in computer science, will join the computer science faculty at UMass Boston, where he will focus on computer graphics, visualization, and machine psychology. Haehn said he benefitted from the collaborative nature of SEAS, where he was able to work closely with biologists and neuroscientists. The support and mentorship of his advisor, Hanspeter Pfister, was also a critical component of his success. Haehn, who recently hired six students to work in his lab, is excited to pay-it-forward and work on exciting research projects while mentoring future scientists. (Photo by Eliza Grinnell/SEAS Communications)

Elizabeth Farrell Helbling, who earned a Ph.D. in engineering sciences, will stay on for a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Rob Wood. Throughout her time working on the Robobee project, she’s enjoyed the research itself, and also the opportunity to translate interesting science for a broad community of people. “SEAS has given me the freedom to explore all the questions that I wanted to, and has a really great community of students and postdocs working on interesting research.” (Photo by Eliza Grinnell/SEAS Communications)

Now that he’s earned his Ph.D. in applied physics, Kundan Chaudhary will begin working on the displays team at Apple. The broad knowledge base he built at SEAS has given him the confidence to dive into a new area and approach new problems. At SEAS, Chaudhary studied the optical properties of 2D materials. “The interdisciplinary activity at SEAS shaped the things I worked on in my lab, and also the path I chose to follow in the long run,” he said. (Photo by Adam Zewe/SEAS Communications)

Theresa Raimondo, who received a Ph.D. in bioengineering, will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, where she will focus on cancer drug delivery. The best part of SEAS was the open and collaborative environment, and the inclusive atmosphere among students and faculty, she said. “I’m excited to use the research tools that I learned here to explore a new topic,” she said. (Photo by Adam Zewe/SEAS Communications)

Computer science Ph.D. recipients Jean Pouget-Abadie and Anna Huang are excited for what the future holds. Pouget-Abadie will begin working as a research scientist in the algorithms group at Google. (Photo by Adam Zewe/SEAS Communications)

Helen Wu, who received a Ph.D. in applied physics, is planning to pursue a career in industry. At SEAS, she conducted research on cell mechanics, and studied how different factors affect cell behavior. “SEAS was a good place to try out a lot of different things, in research and outside the lab,” she said. (Photo by Adam Zewe/SEAS Communications)

Sarah Griesse-Nascimento, who received a Ph.D. in applied physics, will begin working at Intel on the quality and reliability engineering team. She’s excited to make an impact using the tools she learned at SEAS. “SEAS was the right fit for me because the school challenged me and surrounded me with people of different backgrounds who have many unique perspectives to share.” (Photo by Adam Zewe/SEAS Communications)