Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

MayJosephCongratulations to Joseph May, who defended his Ph.D. work “Theoretical Insight into the Manipulation of the Optical and Magnetic Properties of Transition-Metal-doped II-VI Semiconductor Quantum Dots” on May 6, 2014. As a student in Professor Xiaosong Li’s laboratory for the past five years, Joseph applied electronic structure theory to better understand the fundamental physics behind the effects transition-metal-dopants haveon the magnetic and optical properties of zinc oxide quantum dots. At the end of the month, he will be heading to Las Vegas to teach science at Mojave High School—go Rattlers! Joseph is excited to begin his new career as a science educator and return to his Southwest roots.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Wenkel Liang, who defended his Ph.D. work “From Geometry Optimization to Time Dependent Molecular Structure Modeling: Method Developments, ab initio Theories and Applications” on April 12. Wenkel has been a graduate student in Professor Xiaosong Li’s research group since 2008,  where he has been working actively in the area of computational physical chemistry, and his work has covered a wide range of topics from method/theory developments to theoretical investigations. Wenkel also served as the departmental computing cluster student admin since the summer of 2009. Currently he is exploring industrial opportunities in the practical applications of computational chemistry.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Christopher Moss, who defended his Ph.D. work “Application of Novel Computational Methods to the Study of Electron Based Peptide Dissociations” on May 13. Originally from Elko, NV, Christopher attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he earned degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry. At the University of Washington, he studied with Prof. Xiaosong Li and Prof. Frank Turecek. His immediate plans are to wander the country with his ferret, Thunder, having adventures and solving mysteries. Christopher is currently seeking employment.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Ekaterina Badaeva, who defended her Ph.D. work “Towards Understanding Electronic Structure of Mn and Co Doped ZnO Quantum Dots Using Density Functional Theory Methods” on February 7. She was a theoretical chemistry student in Professor Xiaosong Li’s laboratory for the past five and a half years. Ekaterina will stay at the University of Washington as a postdoctoral research associate for several months while looking for an industrial position in Seattle or Bellevue. This summer she plans to take a couple months off to spend time with her kids and family. She is excited to be finished with her Ph.D. studies and move forward with a new job and new life.