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Physics Colloquium: “Alumnae Perspective on Careers from Quantum Engineering to Space Science”

October 26, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Allison “Allie” Pelzel

Aerodynamics Engineer, Boom Supersonic

BS Engineering Physics, MS Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Fluid Systems)

Colorado School of Mines Equestrian Team Founder

Biography: Allison is an aerodynamics engineer for Boom supersonic working on the supersonic civil transport, Overture. She is on the aircraft preliminary design team specializing in aircraft performance as well as being involved in aircraft design and acoustical analysis. Her main responsibilities involve translating FAA requirements and pilot input into physical models and simulations of aircraft motion including developing advanced takeoff and landing procedures that will minimize community noise. She also coordinates with the propulsion team, commercial team, and engine manufacturers to develop thrust requirements that will result in an engine-airframe design match that balances low- and high-speed performance.


Hilary M. Hurst, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, San José State University

Biography: Dr. Hilary Hurst is an Assistant Professor at San José State University. She is a quantum educator and theoretical physics researcher, with broad interests in condensed matter theory, many-body atomic physics, and open quantum systems. Her research primarily focuses on the theory of quantum measurement and feedback control for many-body quantum systems. In addition to research, Dr. Hurst is passionate about making quantum physics education more accessible and preparing students to work in the growing quantum technology industry. She develops new coursework and curricular materials for undergraduates focused on quantum information science. Dr. Hurst is also the SJSU lead on a new collaboration between Mines and SJSU to train the next generation of quantum engineers. Learn more about that effort at:  https://www.minesnewsroom.com/news/mines-quantum-engineering-program-wins-3m-nsf-grant-graduate-student-training. Dr. Hurst is originally from Greeley, Colorado and she received her BS in Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines. She went on to earn a Masters in Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge (UK), and received her PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics from the University of Maryland. For her dissertation research she studied the dynamics of topological defects under the supervision of Prof. Victor Galitski.  Following her doctoral work, she was a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellow at NIST and the Joint Quantum Institute, focusing on the theory of quantum measurement and feedback control for many-body systems. Dr. Hurst joined the faculty of San José State University in Fall 2020 as an Assistant Professor of physics. SJSU is the largest public university in Silicon Valley and a founding campus of the California State University system. Outside of physics, she enjoys reading novels and staying active through running, yoga, and hiking with her family.


Caroline Ellis

Flight Controller, NASA Johnson Space Center

Biography: Caroline graduated from Mines in 2018 with a BS in Engineering Physics. She now works as a Flight Controller for the International Space Station at NASA Johnson Space Center. In her specific role, she manages all cargo onboard ISS and works to improve automated logistical tracking in preparation for missions to the Moon and Mars. During her evenings, Caroline is working toward an MS in Computer Science.


Jennifer “Jen” Glick

Quantum Applications Researcher, IBM Quantum

Biography: Jen Glick is a quantum applications researcher with IBM Quantum. In collaboration with organizations in the IBM Quantum Network she researches, develops, and implements quantum algorithms and software that can address industry-relevant problems challenging to solve with today’s classical techniques. Jen is a contributor to the first demonstrations of Qiskit Runtime, a new execution model offered by IBM Quantum that can significantly reduce the overhead to running quantum applications. She also is an inventor on several patent applications in the areas of quantum machine learning and optimization. Jen is regularly involved in community outreach initiatives focused on teaching quantum computing and has given presentations and tutorials on programming quantum algorithms and applications with Qiskit. In 2020, she was selected for MIT Technology Review’s global 35 under 35 Innovators for her work on developing applications of quantum computing. Jen received her Ph.D. in physics from Michigan State University in 2017 and her B.S. in engineering physics from Colorado School of Mines in 2011.





October 26, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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