California State University-San Marcos
NIST Research Intern
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
In this presentation, I will discuss the application of RLGC models to extract the electrical(RLGC) properties of modeled pathogens in the context of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). HAIs can occur from antibiotic-resistant pathogen contaminants in either the medical procedures, devices, or from the overall hospital circumstance. It is known that exposure to UV light can prevent bacteria from reproducing. However, there is no reasonable quick-turn metrology for evaluating the efficacy of such treatments. Thus, our project is aimed at providing a module for acquiring the electrical properties of pertinent materials to help quantify the amount or intensity of UV light required kill bacteria. In our study, we investigated the changes in the capacitance and resistance of pertinent thin films in response to broad-band UV light irradiation. The results from this study demonstrate the feasibility of using our RLGC model to interpret the radio frequencies’ response of biological systems.
Born and raised in the small town of San Marcos California it has been an incredible journey attending university in my backyard. Choosing to major in physics was not my original plan. I figured I would be able to transfer over to engineering. However, after visiting the career center I learned that with a physics degree I would be able to do anything I wanted. So then I figured okay, “I’ll major in physics, but work in engineering”. Then after my second year in college I received an internship to conduct undergraduate research at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. That was the life changing experience I needed. After a successful semester in Princeton I returned to my home university and immediately asked a professor to join his lab. In the span of a couple months I went from shadowing the senior student to carrying my own weight and working on my own project. Since conducting research, I have presented my work at local and national conferences. My research experience spans plasma physics, condense matter physics, and physics education. Upon graduating I plan to pursue a PhD in plasma physics or condensed matter. My research mentors have influenced my career path from wanting to work in industry to now wanting to stay in academia and be an educator just like them.
Physics without a doubt is my greatest passion, but I know there is more to life. If I ever have the time I try to stay busy with either hiking, running, mountain biking, cycling, or training boxing and jiujitsu. I also really enjoy exploring new recipes and traveling to new places. I enjoy reading books and watching movies as well and I love when I can sleep in on a Saturday morning and wake up to breakfast on the grass outside. I would say I have too many hobbies that I cannot commit to all of them, but I always seek to place myself in new experiences and places, that way I constantly continue to learn