EE graduate student Neereja Sundaresan was recently named one of four winners of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton University's top honor for graduate students. Sundaresan, explores superconductivity and photons in her dissertation research. In this video, Sundaresan and her adviser Prof. Andrew Houck explain the purpose and methods of her work.
Hi, I’m Neereja Sundaresan and I am a 2012 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. I became interested in engineering in high school where I enjoyed the type of logical thinking that comes with programming and building small robots. In college, I found that electrical engineering is a big umbrella that combines my interests of computers and working with my hands. Now, within EE, I design and build quantum circuits under the advisement of Andrew Houck. My research is involved in light-matter interaction at the fundamental level of single atoms and single photons using superconducting circuits and quantum bit (qubits). With these building blocks, I conduct precise experiments to better understand and explore these novel non-equilibrium systems. I chose Princeton because I felt the program here was especially geared towards graduate student development with an emphasis on mentoring. As we enter our first year with a university fellowship, we’re free and encouraged to explore the various research groups to figure out what our research interests are prior to settling in on a topic and advisor. In the future, I hope to continue doing research in an engineering-physics field. When I’m not working with Prof. Houck, I enjoy being outside, cooking, playing games, hiking and enjoying movies.