Ursula Gibson

Ursula Gibson

Associate Professor, Dartmouth College
NH

Engineers!

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  • What I Do
    I teach classes, guide master's students and help PhD students with their degrees. I also do some lab work involving new fibers that combine glass and silicon.
  • Why Engineering?
    I love the fact that what I do has connections to the real world and that there can be useful applications of what I learn.
  • School Days
    I did my undergraduate work at Dartmouth (AB, physics) and graduate work at Cornell (PhD, experimental physics)
  • My Day At Work
    In the lab, optical analysis of materials made various ways, and of course writing up the results and presenting them at conferences.
  • Best Part
    There is a lot of variety in my job and I get to solve many different kinds of problems.
  • Proud Moments
    I like to think that I helped quite a few students, both engineering and non-engineering, to find an interest in materials science.
  • Challenges
    I was quite young when I took my first job and it was challenging to gain the respect of some colleagues. I think what worked best was persevering - just doing my job as well as I could.
  • My Family
    I am married to a Swede (hence the move to Scandinavia), and we have three wonderful children. The oldest is employed and the two younger ones are still in school.
  • Dreams and Goals
    The short term goal is to work with a local person to launch a company to explore one of my research ideas for production, and the longer term goal is to make an impact in the field of photonics.
  • Inspiration
    I am sure my parents played a role, though I was pretty rebellious. Another large influence was someone who suggested I was a quitter. I fought that image.
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    Persevere, and believe in yourself. It's way too easy to think that you have to be best - and much more important to do the best you can.
  • Additional Thoughts
    It's way too easy to think that you have to be best - and much more important to do the best you can.
  • Hobbies
    I'm a windsurfer, and love the complexity of the interplay of wind, waves and sail. I never worry about anything else when I am sailing - it is liberating.
Biography
I teach engineering (materials science and nanotechnology) to college and graduate students. I also participate in research activities, investigating the interaction of very small structures with electromagnetic fields.
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