Materials Science and Engineering undergraduates earn prestigious scholarships

Zachary Wolff has always been interested in the STEM fields. In fact, in high school in his hometown of Las Vegas, Wolff spent four years studying biotechnology, an academic course that would indirectly lead him to his ultimate career choice.

“At the end of that, I found that I liked the technology part more than the bio part,” he explained.

With that self-realization, Wolff came to the University and dove into his studies in engineering.

“It was really a stroke of luck that I found material sciences and engineering,” he said. “I wanted to pick something interesting and challenging, and I loved it. I haven’t regretted it any semester so far.”

With single-minded focus, Wolff threw himself into his studies, combining a dedication in the classroom and laboratory with a drive to gain real-world experience through internships at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). For the NNSS, Wolff has performed

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SLAC’s Xijie Wang wins prestigious accelerator science award | US Department of Energy Science News

24-Sep-2020

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers recognizes his contributions to developing electron beams that power unique ‘electron cameras’ and could advance X-ray lasers.

DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


Xijie Wang, an accelerator physicist at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will receive the 2021 Nuclear and Plasma Science Society’s Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award. Bestowed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of particle accelerator science and technology.

Wang is cited “for contributions to the development of high-brightness, ultrafast electron beams and their applications to free-electron lasers and ultrafast electron diffraction.” At SLAC, these beams power the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser and a unique “electron camera,” an instrument for ultrafast electron diffraction (UED).

Both UED and X-ray lasers allow scientists to study the atomic world

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