Congratulations to Stephanie Benight, who defended her Ph.D. work “Nanoengineering of Soft Matter Interactions in Organic Electro-Optic Materials” on August 12th. Stephanie J. Benight was born in Seattle, Washington and raised near Chicago, Illinois. She attended Stanford University where she received her B.S. in Chemistry in 2006. Stephanie has been a student in Professor Larry Dalton’s lab since 2007, where she has investigated the use of incorporating additional soft matter interactions in organic electro-optic (OEO) materials. Her work has included development, synthesis, characterization, and theoretical investigation of novel OEO materials. Stephanie is currently pursuing several postdoctoral positions where she hopes to study additional applications of organic electronics and photonics.
Congratulations to James Westphal, who defended his Ph.D. thesis “Characterization and Optimization of Organic Materials for Electro-Optic Devices” on September 17, 2010. He was a member of the Dalton research group, collaborating with Antao Chen at the Applied Physics Lab. James has been working as an IT consultant, specializing in databases development and analysis, since the spring of 2007. He wrote his dissertation while working full time and sincerely does not recommend it. Other than work, James stays busy with his wife, their dog, rock climbing, and playing guitar.