I’m a PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at WSU, co-advised by Dr. John McCloy and Dr. Kelvin Lynn. My research focuses on growth of bulk single crystals, specifically with the Czochralski technique, and investigating their material, electrical and optical properties. Currently I’m working on Ga2O3, a wide bandgap material with novel electronic and optical properties. I received my Bachelor of Science in physics at Central Washington University. While there, I investigated the magnetic phase diagram of Ca2Co3-xMnxO6 through various thermodynamic measurements at low temperature in the White group. I was born in Slovenia, although I’ve lived in the United States for nearly my whole life. I really enjoy spending time with my family and loved ones, and hitting the trails in my Subaru. I love hiking… but who doesn’t!