Nancy is working in the field of statistical thermodynamics, which she describes as “incredibly awesome.” She describes her work as writing computer programs to look at molecular behavior. “We make molecules bounce around inside the program and what comes out tells us about the macrospcopic qualities of materials.”
After her undergraduate study, Nancy worked as a process engineer and then as a quality assurance engineer for a Fortune 500 corporation. When she decided to come back to school to work in research, she had lunch with a department faculty member to discuss the idea and wound up recruited into the program. She holds an NSF fellowship.
She knows she made a good decision: “This is a young department that keeps getting better and better.”
“Even the busiest people in this department are always willing to stop and explain what you need to know.”