We are excited to welcome our newest assistant professor to the Department of Physics.
Prof. Katharine (Kate) Jensen earned her A.B. from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University. She joins us from a postdoctoral research position at the ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich), where she used optical microscopy to study the properties of soft materials in which surface tension and elasticity are both important. This fall semester she is starting up her experimental research lab at Williams, while teaching Physics 141 “Mechanics and Waves.”
You can read about Prof. Jensen’s most recent work, “Direct measurement of strain-dependent solid surface stress”, in Nature Communications 8, 555 (2017).