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Photo of Dr. Brian Rodriguez on a rare sunny day in Dublin with son, Matthias Brian Rodriguez

Brian received his doctorate in physics from North Carolina State University in December of 2003 under the supervision of Prof. Robert Nemanich (Physics, now at Arizona State University) and Prof. Angus Kingon (Materials Science and Engineering, now at Brown University). His dissertation was entitled "Nanoscale Investigation of the Piezoelectric Properties of Perovskite Ferroelectrics and III-Nitrides." He is currently a Lecturer in Nanoscience at Ireland's largest university, University College Dublin. The following is an interview with Brian about his experience as a graduate student in the NC State Physics Department, how he got there, and where he's been since.
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Photo of Dr. John Sakon John Sakon

John received his doctorate in physics from North Carolina State University in November, 2010 under the supervision of Prof. Keith Weninger. His dissertation was entitled "Detecting the conformation of individual proteins in live cells using single molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer." He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Neural Science at New York University where he does cognitive neuroscience research on memory in nonhuman primates.
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Photo of Dr. Brian Williams Brian Williams

Brian Williams received his doctorate in physics from North Carolina State University in May 2010 under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Reynolds and Prof. Kazimierz Borkowski. His dissertation was entitled "Supernova Remnants as a Probe of Dust Grains in the ISM". He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at NC State and will be taking a research position at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2012.
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