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Meet Alumna Dr. Whitney Ingram  
Guest Speaker
Dr. Whitney Ingram, BS Physics ’11, PhD Physics ’16  
Guest Affiliation
Sandia National Laboratories  
A Franklin Connection - Connecting students with alumni  
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  

Whitney Ingram, a Georgia native raised in Stone Mountain, graduated from the University of Georgia with her BS in Physics in 2011 and PhD in Physics in 2016. She holds the honorable distinction of being the first African American female to graduate from UGA with a PhD in physics. Her research focus and dissertation were on the fabrication and application of plasmonic nanomaterials using nanosphere lithography. Whitney has authored and co-authored over 15 publications under the training of her mentor Dr. Yiping Zhao. Most notably in 2015, she was selected as one of 65 students from the United States to attend the Nobel Laureate Conference in Lindau, Germany. Currently, Dr. Ingram is a senior R&D engineer at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), which is a government research facility that specializes in advanced defense and intelligence technology, in addition to keeping the US nuclear stockpile safe and secure. In addition to her dedication to work, Ingram has remained dedicated to encouraging STEM for the next generation.

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