SAFE Student Spotlight: Samuel DeMay

Samuel DeMay, M.S. Engineering Physics (Automation and Instrumentation)
Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Fall 2021

Project: “Update on the Ruby Phosphorescence Senior Lab: Cr3+ 2E Lifetime and 4T Absorption Studies”

DeMay received Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) funding to support travel to Tallahassee, Florida, where he presented a research poster at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society at Florida State University in November 2021. DeMay's research project produced results with ten times the precision of any prior experiment conducted on Ruby phosphorescence. "This grant gave me an excellent networking experience and allowed me to expose myself to numerous different fields of physics I otherwise would not have had the chance to see," explained DeMay.

Now a second-year graduate student pursuing his Master of Science in Engineering Physics with a concentration in Automation and Instrumentation, DeMay has continued his optical physics research, guided by his advisor, Dr. Roshani Silwal. DeMay was recently awarded a North Carolina Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship award to support his project, titled "Characterizing a Near-IR Spectrometer and Automating the Harvard-SAO Electron Beam Ion Trap for Laboratory Astrophysics." To read more about this, check out


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SAFE Student Spotlight: Samuel DeMay
Published: Dec 13, 2022 7:15am