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For Thomas Searles, a passion for people and science at HBCUs and MIT

November 5, 2020

For Thomas Searles, a passion for people and science at HBCUs and MIT

“The primary goal is to study materials for new computers, making them either safer, faster, or more secure,” Searles says. “I looked in the book, and there was Ronald E. McNair, who happens to be an MIT alum, randomly; he got his PhD here,” Searles says. Such machines are likely to provide this “quantum advantage” for new developments in medicine, science, finance, chemistry, and many other fields. So, I said, ‘Well, that’s what I’m going to be, because I want to be an astronaut.’” “I think there are opportunities for Thomas to see, for example, the graduate school process in our department,” Checkelsky says. Before graduating in 2011, he studied light-matter interactions, and completed a thesis about the magneto-optical properties of carbon nanotubes, tiny cylinders comprised of a single layer of carbon atoms. “A lot of us had an interest in optics, because that was the only experimental lab that we had at Morehouse at the time,” Searles says.

Article from MIT News.