Adriana Stohn Receives NSF GRP Fellowship

    Date Posted: 
    Monday, April 20, 2020

    (L to R) Maggie Kautz, Adriana Mitchell, and Adriana Stohn at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences Scholarship Awards Ceremony in Fall 2018. Kautz and Mitchell received the NSF Fellowshop last year, and now Stohn has recieved it! Three Class of 2019 OSC students to receive the award.

    (L to R) Maggie Kautz, Adriana Mitchell, and Adriana Stohn at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences Scholarship Awards Ceremony in Fall 2018. Kautz and Mitchell received the NSF Fellowship last year, and now Stohn has received it! Three Class of 2019 OSC students have received the award.

    OSC Alumna, Adriana Stohn, was selected to receive the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her research “Optical Imaging through Scattering Media.” Adriana Stohn is a Ph.D. student in electrical and computer engineering with a concentration in imaging and optics at Duke University. Stohn said of the award, “I am very excited to have been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, it allows me more independence in how I direct my research and graduate school career.”

    Working in Dr. Michael Gehm’s group, her research focuses on understanding how using computational methods can permit imaging when the object is occluded by scattering media. Adriana received a Bachelor of Science in optical sciences and engineering, magna cum laude, with minors in electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, and Spanish from the University of Arizona.

    Stohn describes her research in more detail, “A long standing challenge in optical engineering is the ability to image through a scattering medium. Think of frosted glass. When you try to look through it, the glass appears white and objects on the other side aren’t distinguishable. These effects are the result of light scattering randomly as it travels through the glass. Similarly, there are many scenarios where the object we would like to image is occluded by another such scattering medium: imaging through fog, through the turbulent atmosphere, or even through a thin layer of biological tissue. My research focuses on investigating how performing correlative mathematical operations on images of scattered light can permit imaging the object, as if the scattering medium were not there”

    Stohn is motivated to encourage young women to pursue careers in science and technology and has implemented her ideas through volunteering with Girls Who Code clubs. She intends to continue to support students of all backgrounds in their pursuit of meaningful involvement in the fields of science and technology. (Watch a video Stohn recorded with UArizona President Robbins.) Stohn said of the future, “I plan to pursue a career as a professor at a university or as a research scientist at a national laboratory.”

    Finally, Stohn shares how her time at the Wyant College impacted her, “I would like to thank the College of Optical Sciences for providing my foundational knowledge of optics and instilling a desire to pursue optical research. I am also thankful for all the mentorship I received while a member of the Polarization Lab– from professors, graduate students, and peers alike. Including one of my tireless (and winning!) letter writers, Dr. Meredith Kupinski.”

    Congratulations Adriana! Everyone at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences is proud of you and thrilled for your future!

    Caption: Stohn was featured by UArizona in "Inspiring Women in STEM" in which she was transformed into a superhero with special powers related to her UArizona research!