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Mentorship Chair:  Dr. Desire Whitmore

Desire is currently a Science Curriculum Developer for the Learning Design Group, in charge of developing Digital Engineering Internship curriculum for middle school students. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She is a graduate of the Chemical and Material Physics program in the Physical Chemistry Department at the University of California, Irvine, where her dissertation work focused on nonlinear optics, and its application to both microscopy and spectroscopy. Desire is a former Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. There she researched quantum dot carrier trapping using fluorescence microscopy and electron dynamics of semiconducting systems at attosecond timescales in the laboratories of Professors Stephen Leone and Daniel Neumark. Her experience is mostly centered in the engineering aspect, such as design, improvement, and implementation of nonlinear optical systems.

 Desire worked with the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) to plan, organize, and teach their Introduction to Optics course in 2007. When finished with the course at CACT, she came to be a member of the advisory committee of the UC Irvine Extension Optical Engineering & Instrument Design Program, where she helps to plan the courses and find appropriate instructors for the program courses. She has also served as a teaching assistant in several undergraduate- and graduate- level courses at UC Irvine. During her PhD work, she received funding from the AGEP Competitive Edge Fellowship, the GAAN fellowship, the NSF Graduate Researcher Fellowship, and the Presidential Dissertation Year Fellowship. She is the former President and Outreach Chair of the Optical Society of America (OSA) student chapter, and was a member of the Advisory Council for Diversity at UC Irvine.


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