CST Spring Graduation Speakers

Emily A. Carter, PhD

Emily Carter is the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, as well as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University.

Dr. Carter is also an associated faculty member in Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering, Princeton Environmental Institute, the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, where she served as Founding Director from 2010-2016.

The author of more than 400 publications, she has delivered more than 500 invited lectures all over the world and serves on numerous international advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines. Her scholarly work has been recognized by a number of national and international awards and honors from a variety of entities, including the American Chemical Society, the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science.

As a theorist/computational scientist, Dr. Carter was first known for her research combining ab initio quantum chemistry with molecular dynamics and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations, especially as applied to etching and growth of silicon. Her current research is focused entirely on enabling discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy, including converting sunlight to electricity and fuels, providing clean electricity from solid oxide fuel cells, clean and efficient combustion of biofuels, and optimizing lightweight metal alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles and fusion reactor walls.

This September, Dr. Carter will bring her leadership skills and vision to UCLA as that university’s new executive vice chancellor and provost.

 

Thatyana Morales, CST '19 

Thatyana Morales is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. While at the College of Science and Technology, Morales’s research has focused on helping people stop smoking through the use of smart watches and machine learning. She’s also used the same technology to track the motions of EMTs, which can improve training protocols and emergency care.

During her time at Temple University, Morales was part of the Honors Program, was named a CST Science Scholar, earned an honorable mention at the Undergraduate Research Program symposium and was awarded the 2018 and the 2019 Scott Hibbs Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship from the Department of Computer & Information Sciences. She has also interned at Protiviti, a global consulting firm, doing cyber security work.

After graduation, Morales will begin a full-time position with Protiviti as well as pursuing a master’s degree in computer science at Temple University.  Thatyana's mother, Annette Cruz, is also graduation this year with a bachelor's degree from Temple's College of Liberal Arts. Read more about their inspiring story. 

Morales is pictured with her mother, Annette Cruz, CLA ’19, who is graduating from Temple University with a bachelor’s in English.

 

Jennifer Gresh, CST '98 

 Jennifer Gresh is vice president of the College of Science and Technology Alumni Board. Ms. Gresh is Philadelphia Division Director at Duffield Associates, a leading environmental, engineering, natural resources, and transportation consulting and services firm. After earning her Temple undergraduate degree in geology, she earned a master’s in geology from the University of Delaware. Ms. Gresh also served in the United States Air Force, earning the “Airman of the Year” award by the 32nd Tactical Fighter Group Clinic.

Committed to mentoring in her professional life and as a Temple alumnus, Ms. Gresh is also a leader in the college’s Owl to Owl Mentor Program, which connects our students to successful graduates. And there is one thing you should know about Ms. Gresh, a geology major: She never met a rock she didn’t like!