Daniel Erenso, PhD
Professor of Physics,
Middle Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
Dr. Daniel Erenso is a professor of physics at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA. He joined MTSU in 2003 after he received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Arkansas. Before he came to the USA, Dr. Erenso received a BSc (1990) and MSc (1997) in physics from Addis Ababa University in his native country Ethiopia. He also received an Advanced Diploma in Condensed Matter Physics from Abdul Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ASICTP), Trieste, Italy, in 1999. For more than two decades, Dr. Erenso has served in teaching, research, and mentoring at different universities in his native and adapted counties. Since he began his service at MTSU, Dr. Erenso has taught several introductory and upper-level physics courses. For the excellence and dedication that Dr. Erenso demonstrated, he has received the MTSU, College of Basic & Applied Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011.
Selemon Bekele, PhD
Research Scientist at UES, INC.
My name is Selemon Bekele. Presently, I work as a research scientist at UES, INC., which is a research company based in Dayton, Ohio. I was a member of the EPSNA executive committee from 2008 to 2013, serving as an auditor. Working together with other members, I hope to continue supporting EPSNA in any way I can to advance the initiatives EPSNA has been engaged in over the years.
Program manager at Yazmi USA, MEng Candidate at City University of London
My name is Kanchi Gashaw. I was born and raised in Addis Ababa before moving to Massachusetts to pursue my undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College. Although my decision to study physics came early on in 7th grade, my exposure to research in photovoltaic devices during my freshman year internship at MIT’s Organic and Nano-structured Electronics lab sparked a new passion in renewable technologies. Paired with my background in Ethiopia, it strongly reinforced my interest in simple, low-cost technologies that can transform the quality of life for communities facing energy poverty and the effects of global warming and pollution. To this end, I have since been working in different capacities to develop and implement such technologies.
Materials Science and Engineering
I was born and raised in Ethiopia and came to the US in 2002. I lived and went to school in San Diego before moving to Chicago/Evanston to pursue a Ph.D. at Northwestern in materials science and engineering. For my doctoral research I focus on 2D material synthesis, characterization, and transfer using scanning probe and related methods in addition to ultra-high vacuum systems. Outside of the lab, I enjoy discussions about global supply-chain systems in tech and African history.