JENNY RUTH MORBER
For Georgia Tech Ph.D. candidate Jenny Ruth Morber, the road to nanotechnology started with ceramics.
While she was pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech, Morber was president of the student chapter of Tech's American Ceramics Society. Interested in the nanoscience and nanotechnology research performed by Materials Science and Engineering Professor Z.L. Wang, Morber invited him to speak at a Society meeting. Immediately, she was drawn in by his enthusiasm, and asked to do undergraduate research with him.
She's been researching nanoscience and nanotechnology ever since, working with top Tech professors, including Regents' Professor of Materials Science and Engineering C.P. Wong and Dr. Robert Snyder, professor and chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Now in her second year as a Ph.D. student in Dr. Wang's research group, she studies the unique properties of magnetic oxide nanowires to see how they can be used in future electronic and biomedical applications. "Dr. Wang is very open," says Morber, who plans on continuing her career as a university professor. "I like the freedom to explore my own ideas."
She's also helping others understand the complicated world of nanotechnology. In 2004, a friend whose father works with the Washington, D.C.-based Washington Middle School for Girls asked her to provide information about nanotechnology to middle school students. For three months, Morber had an e-mail relationship with the students, sending information and answering questions as they composed a Web site about nanotechnology. "They were very enthusiastic," says Morber. "They were a lot of fun."
In addition to her research, Morber also takes the time to pursue her hobbies, including painting, black and white photography, running, playing golf, and writing poetry. Three of her poems recently appeared in Erato, Georgia Tech's literary magazine, which has also published poetry she wrote while an undergraduate.
Despite her myriad number of hobbies, Morber remains clearly focused on nanotechnology. Her ultimate goal? To win a Nobel Prize. She's already on her way.