Kathy Aidala was an undergraduate at Yale Univeristy,
where she was a double major in applied physics and psychology and
worked in the lab of Rob Schoelkopf on wavelength division multiplexing of radio frequency single electron transistors. She went directly to graduate school
in applied physics at Harvard, working in the lab of Bob Westervelt.
Her thesis was on imaging electron motion in magnetic fields in a
two-dimensional electron gas. This involved designing and constructing
a cryogenic scanning probe microscope. She continues to focus on
scanning probe microscopy as a flexible techinque to study a variety of nanoscale systems here at Mount Holyoke College.
Courses taught include Physics 216, a calculus based
introduction to electricty and magnetism, Intro to Analog Circuits
(Phys 308), Advanced Quantum Mechanics (Phys 336) Physics 211, and
Women and Gender in Science. Those interested can see a syllabus of the
course readings, to be posted soon.
In 2009, Aidala was awarded the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER).
A complete C.V. can be found here.