September 20, 2004 :: No. 38
Alumna Returns to Alma Mater to Share
Judy Segura, the first Mexican-American woman
to earn a doctorate in mechanical engineering with the specialty
of thermosciences at Stanford University, will return to her undergraduate
alma mater Wednesday, Sept. 22, to share her thesis research and
graduate school experiences.
The researcher, one of nine children born to Mexican
immigrants, entered Cal State Fullerton initially as a French major.
She participated in the university’s six-week Summer Bridge
Program and received guidance that led to her working with Murtadha
A. Khakoo, professor of physics. Khakoo became Segura’s research
adviser, having her assist him in building a new experimental atomic
physics lab on campus.
“Before I knew what happened, I was not only
building experimental apparatus, I also was taking data, analyzing
results and publishing papers,” she notes. “Having never
taken a physics class in high school, I’m still not sure how
it happened, but I ended up double majoring in both physics and
Segura graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1994
with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and physics,
and completed her doctorate earlier this month from Stanford.
She will discuss her study of multiphase flow phenomena
that affects the environment, manufacturing and other industrial
applications, at noon with students in the Mathematics, Engineering
and Science Achievement (MESA) program, meet with prospective doctoral
students at 2 p.m. and give her thesis presentation at 4 p.m. as
part of the Physics Seminar Series.
||Maryanne Horton of the College
of Engineering and Computer Science at 657-278-5466 or email@example.com
Pamela McLaren of Public Affairs at 657-278-4852