Local Organizing Committee

Shannon Swilley Greco (Chair)

Shannon Swilley Greco is the Science Education Senior Program Leader at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University. She is a passionate science educator with nearly twenty years’ experience in hands-on science and engineering education and engagement programs for informal science, K-12 students and teachers, and the general public. Ms. Swilley Greco holds a Master of Science in Science Education degree, and her work focuses on increasing participation of people with marginalized identities in STEM. Shannon Swilley Greco is the Past Chair of the American Physical Society’s Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public, a Career Mentoring Fellow, and STEP UP Ambassador.

Hanako Helton

Hanako Helton is a junior in the Physics department. She’s also the co-president of the undergraduate club TiCuP (Towards an Inclusive Community of Undergraduate Physicists) and on the department’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. Outside of physics, she loves playing guitar, reading (she highly recommends anything by Neil Gaiman), and petting her cats and dogs!

Inci Karaaslan

Inci is a junior in the Department of Physics at Princeton University. She is the Vice President of the Princeton Society of Physics Students (PSPS) and is involved as a member of the Department’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. Last summer she worked on exploring dynamo theories in the magnetic field evolution of galaxies and currently, she is working on characterizing modes in different types of qubits. She is very excited to be a member of the organizing committee for this year’s CUWIP at Princeton!

Jayla Cornelius

Jayla is a senior studying Civil and Environmental Engineering (Structural Track) with a certificate in Urban Studies. She is very interested in sustainability and innovative design when it comes to different types of infrastructure. She enjoys playing golf, reading poetry, doing anything outdoorsy, and creating community amongst different minority groups in STEM!

Erin Flowers

Erin Flowers an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in the department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. Her research interests include both theoretical and observational exoplanet characterization and detection and astrobiology. For her thesis, she is working with Chris Chyba to explore astrobiological mysteries of Titan. In addition to her research, her outreach efforts include working with the office of Access, Diversity and Inclusion as a Diversity Fellow, sitting on the American Astronomical Society Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and teaching with the Prison Teaching Initiative. She hopes to help improve the diversity and inclusion of Princeton and other academic communities in New Jersey at large.

Alex LeViness

Alex LeViness is a graduate student in the Princeton Program in Plasma Physics, where she does research related to fast ion confinement in nuclear fusion devices called “stellarators.” She received her Bachelor’s in physics and mathematics, with minors in German and Russian, at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) before spending one year at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics as a Fulbright scholar. She is also the president of Princeton Women+ in Plasma Physics.

Kelsey Hallinen

Kelsey is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Physics of Biological Function at Princeton University where she researches bacterial communities and their properties under flow conditions. She received her BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon and her PhD in Biophysics at the University of Michigan. During her undergrad, she was able to participate in CUWiP and during graduate school, helped organize the 2015 CUWiP at the University of Michigan. She is excited to be part of the LOC and welcome our CUWiP participants to Princeton!

Ross Dempsey

Ross is a graduate student in physics at Princeton, where he studies strongly coupled quantum field theories and their application to problems such as quark confinement. He was an undergrad at Johns Hopkins and started out in astrophysics before switching to high-energy theory. At Princeton, he’s also a part of the Ambassadors program providing workshops and advice to undergraduates considering applying to graduate school. He is very excited to be part of the organizing committee for Princeton’s CUWiP!