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ECE Woman of the Month

Every month we celebrate an outstanding woman in ECE (student, postdoc, or professor). If you would like to nominate a candidate, please write Prof. Petersen at kirstin @ cornell.edu.

Sophia Rocco

December 2018 Woman of the Month: Sophia Rocco

Please help us celebrate Sophia Rocco for her outstanding scientific achievements in her graduate degree and the tremendous social impact she has had on the department and the wider community in Ithaca. Sophia is one of a kind! Her research focuses on the energy partitioning in gas-puff z-pinch plasmas from implosion through stagnation – that’s plasma science folks. Her work is supported by NNSA SSAPP and Lawrence National Laboratory, and has already resulted in seven conference poster presentations and 8 journal papers. She has also served twice as a teaching assistant in ECE/AEP/NSE 4840/MAE4590.

As Prof. Hammer puts it: "I’d even nominate her for Woman of the Year if there’s such an opportunity." Striking about Sophia’s resume is all of the additional engagements. She is the president of Cornell University Electron Devices Society, on the committee of the ECE Graduate Organization, a senior scientist activity leader in Expanding Your Horizons outreach events, devoted to “Skype a Scientist”, and a board member of Ithaca Welcomes Refugees. Her commitment to changing this world for the better is beyond remarkable and she is the perfect example to round off Cornell ECE Woman of the Month in 2018.