NSF Graduate Research Fellow: Alyssa Bellingham

Alyssa Bellingham (Electrical Engineering, BS/PhD ’15) is funded through the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). Here is what she’s been up to during this academic year:

Over the past year I spent nine months in Italy at Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) completing coursework for my Master’s degree. In addition, I spent three months at  the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) of Spain, completing research for my thesis as part of the Engineers As Global Leaders for Energy Sustainability (EAGLES) dual degree program.

At UPM, I characterized a nanohole grating imprinted on a thin aluminum film as a refractive index biosensor. To the left is an image of me and Victor, one of the other graduate students. We are wearing our bunny suits in the clean room as we waited for our samples to finish drying.

During my year abroad, I got to travel all around Europe. I journeyed from Turkey to France, England, Belgium, and Germany. I took hundreds of pictures but one of my all-time favorites was the picture below which was taken in the garden at the Palace of Versailles located outside of Paris, France. I had such a great time during my study abroad experience whether I was working, studying or traveling.

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