|MIT Department: Nuclear Science and Engineering
Undergraduate Institution: University of Pennsylvania
My name is Ralitsa Mihaylova and I am a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying physics. My undergraduate research experience has focused on designing, fabricating, and characterizing magnetorheological elastomers for biomedical applications. In my free time, I have also worked on python simulations in the galactic evolution & dynamics laboratory with the aim to explain why spiral arms disrupt. As a Dutch girl with roots in Bulgaria, Armenia, and Russia, I hope to leverage my background to become the third generation of females in my family to hold a Ph.D. in a STEM field. This, combined with my growing interest in quantum engineering and spintronics, will allow me to bring a unique contribution to technological advancements toward a sustainable society. Things that bring me joy include a good book, Sunday brunch, and the Amsterdam canals.