Congratulations to Dr. Simi Wang for successfully defending her Ph.D. on “Modeling Networks in Nanorod Composites and Power Grids” last month. In her work, she worked collaboratively with her fellow student Feng “Bill” Shi to model linear electrical responses in nano rod composites, and she took that work in a new direction by studying the dielectric response and nonlinear breakdown for systems at rod volume fractions below the percolation transition. Her work also includes applications of network methods for studying the sensitivity of power grids, in joint work with collaborators at PNNL.
Simi leaves Carolina for Seattle to start an exciting job at Amazon, where she interned last summer.
Simi and Bill walked together at today’s doctoral hooding ceremony (Bill finished his degree last summer too late to walk in last year’s ceremony). The two of them have been so central to our research group for so long that it won’t feel the same without them. I am very proud of both of them and look forward to hearing about their future activities and accomplishments.