Emily Crabb, Computer Engineering and Physics
University of Pittsburgh
2014 Goldwater Scholar
Emily Crabb received a Goldwater Scholarship in 2014, while a student at the University of Pittsburgh. As an undergraduate, she majored in computer engineering and physics and did research in computational materials science under Professor Anna Balazs. Emily credits her research opportunities at Pittsburgh and the support of Professor Balazs with her success with the Goldwater application. This carried over into fellowship applications, as she was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, and the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, accepting the CSGF. She is now finishing her first year of a PhD program in physics at MIT, and she plans to focus her research on computational / theoretical materials science and physics.
In addition to her academic research, Emily is interested in exploring other possible applications of her work. One such interest is how science can be used in the federal government and national laboratories. To that end, she completed an internship with the DOE Naval Reactors program while at Pittsburgh, and she will do an internship at Argonne National Laboratory in the summer of 2017 as part of her fellowship. Emily is also very interested in traveling, experiencing foreign cultures, and learning how science and engineering are implemented in other countries. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester studying abroad at ENSEA, a computer engineering university in France. More recently, in January 2017, she spent four weeks of her winter break volunteering at RBK, a nonprofit coding boot camp in Amman, Jordan, though MIT’s Global Teaching Labs program.
After graduate school, Emily hopes to combine her interests in computational physics research, science policy, and international collaboration.