NSBP has long been devoted to the development of physics students into physics professionals. In recent years, the organization has created the NSBP Student Council to give our current students and future leaders of NSBP a voice concerning the current direction of our organization.
Dr Willie Rockward graduated with a B.S. degree in Physics from Grambling State University, a M.S. degree in Physics from State University of New York at Albany, and a Ph.D. in physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He is the Chair of the Department of Physics & Dual Degree Engineering Program (Physics & DDEP) and the Research Director of the Materials and Optics Research & Engineering (MORE) Laboratory.
Dr. Stephon Alexander completed his Bachelors of Science from Haverford College in 1993, Sc. M Physics in 1995, Sc. M Electrical Engineering in 1996 and a Doctorate in 2000 from Brown University. He is a Professor of Physics in the High Eenrgy Physics Group at Brown University.
Dr. Elaine N. Lalanne graduated with a B.S. in Physics from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from New Jersey Institute of Technology/Rutgers University-Newark. She is currently an employee of Fibertek, contracted to work with NASA Goddard as a laser expert in the Radiometric Calibration Facility, Biospheric Sciences Laboratory.
Administrative Executive Officer
Dr. Stephen Roberson graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida A&M University, a M.S. in physics from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in physics from Florida A&M University. He is currently an employee of the Parsons Corporation contracted to work with the US Army as a subject matter expert in ultrafast laser physics.
Technical Executive Officer
Dr. Carol Scarlett is an assistant professor of physics at Florida A&M University. She is involved in dark matter research as well as developing a program to use positrons to study plasmas and weak interactions. Her research group is also involved with a measure of the weak interaction cross section for a positron on a neutron.
Farrah Simpson is currently pursuing her physics doctoral degree at Brown University. Her research is in Experimental High Energy Physics and focuses on models beyond the Standard Model. She hails from the island of Jamaica and completed her undergraduate degree in Applied Physics at Columbia University in the City of New York. In her spare time, she enjoys ballet dancing, writing and working out.
Dr. Donnell Walton attended North Carolina State University and graduated from North Carolina State University with his B.S. degree in physics and electrical engineering in 1989. and his Ph.D. in applied physics in 1996 from the University of Michigan. He's currently the Director of the Corning Technology Center--Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, CA.
Joshua Burrow was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and earned his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He then earned his M.S. in Electro-Optics in 2015 at the University of Dayton (UD) and has continued at UD to obtain his Ph.D. He was recently awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship to complete his doctoral studies on the design and implementation of phase change material chalcogenides into high-speed opto-electronic nanoscale devices. He is the immediate past NSBP student representative and on his free time he enjoys playing basketball and mentoring young aspiring scientists.
Elon Price is a second year master’s student in the Fisk-Vanderbilt University bridge program. She conducts research on gamma-neutron detection for planetary spectroscopy with the NASA CubeSAT Launch Initiative (CSLI). She received her bachelor’s in physics with a minor in mathematics from North Carolina State University. In Price’s free time she tutors black youth in math, physics, and violin. She also enjoys jam sessions with violin and electric bass, experimenting with vegan and gluten-free cooking and PC gaming. She has served on the student council since April 2018 and co-founded the first NSBP student chapter at NC State University.
Dewan Woods was born and raised in Dallas, TX and upon graduation from high school, attended Boston College for his undergraduate work, double majoring in physics and mathematics with a minor in German. During undergrad, he studied light-matter interactions in metamaterials. Dewan started his PhD at Purdue University in 2014 and have worked in the field of nanophotonics (experimental), then transitioned to theory, where he currently works to formulate rules/laws governing the dynamics of reversible superconducting circuits, with the objective of minimizing energy loss in the system. His hobbies include boxing and writing/recording music.
Samantha O’Sullivan is a Junior at Harvard University concentrating in Physics and African-American Studies. Her research is in experimental condensed matter physics and focuses on electron microscopy of high temperature superconductors. Samantha is also passionate about racial justice and in her free time enjoys genealogy research, running, and poetry.
Lanell A. Williams
LaNell A. Williams is a current PhD. Student and NSF GRFP Fellow at Harvard University studying soft matter/ biophysics. Her research focuses on understanding the self assembly of RNA-Viruses in particular the Bacteriophage MS2. She graduated from Wesleyan University with her B.A., and she went on to receive her Master’s of Arts Degree from Fisk University before coming to Harvard. Her most recent efforts include leading the Graduate School 101 Course at Harvard University co-hosted by the Women of Color Project (WOCP), an organization she has founded whose efforts are to provide much needed resources to women of color pursuing academia. LaNell has also been heavily involved in programming with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and is currently on the organizing committee for the NSBP/NSHP graduate leadership summit. As of January, she serves as APS FGSA/FECS Councilor.
LeTrell Harris is a senior physics major from Marietta, GA, currently attending Morehouse College. He conducts research in nuclear physics, atomic and molecular physics, and education. He is well traveled, his physics has taken him to the University of Hawaii Mãnoa, The University of Michigan, Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Lab to name a few. He is a Ronald McNair Scholar, a charter member of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Society of Black Physicists where he sat as the chapter President, an ambassador for the Morehouse Center for Excellence in Education, a Honor Roll and Dean’s List student, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. In his free time, he works as a full-time carpenter, practices jiujitsu, and mentors the youth both on and off his campus.
Vincent Clanzy II
Vincent Clanzy II is a first year graduate student at Clemson University. He earned his Bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Tampa in May, 2020. His undergraduate research involved using spectroscopy to derive the chemical composition of moving group stars in the halo of our Galaxy. Vincent is also an active member of the National Physique Committee, which organizes amateur bodybuilding competitions across the country. Most recently, Vincent was the Overall Classic Physique winner of the 2019 NPC Iron Bay.
Nico Cooper is a fourth-year undergraduate at Princeton University. So far his work has involved implementing machine learning analysis methods of Higgs physics at the CMS experiment, and infrared properties of gauge theory in asymptotically flat spacetime, and he intends to continue to pursue work in high energy theoretical physics. Raised in Louisville, KY, he is a Peer Educator with the Princeton LGBT Center, and in his free time plays the keys and listens to jazz fusion.
Tracy Edwards is a first year PhD student at Michigan State University. Her research is in nuclear physics and focuses on harvesting radioactive isotopes for medical applications. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and completed her undergraduate education in physics at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys educating academia on racial reconciliation in STEM via social media and reading historical fiction novels. She currently serves on the National Society of Black Physicists Student Leadership Council.
Emmanuel Aneke, originally from Atlanta, GA, just graduated from Georgia Tech with his BS in Applied Physics. His research experiences vary from condensed matter to astroparticle detection to accelerator physics. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, bicycling, and cooking. He is currently spending his gap year, before pursuing his PhD, at SLAC interning through the Alonzo W. Ashley Internship. He serves as the social media representative for the student council of NSBP.