Class of 2012, Physics Engineering
Anne Gambrel is one of two University of Tulsa students who have been named 2009 Goldwater Scholars, the premier award for recognizing students pursuing careers in science, mathematics and engineering.
Gambrel has participated in the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge, where faculty mentors and internal funding fueled their research. An interest in sustainable energy led to her involvement in TU-based SENEA, Sustainable Energy for North Eastern Asia.
Gambrel, an engineering physics major from Omaha, has research interests that span from the infinitesimal to the infinite. Her work in nanotechnology investigates the properties and reaction of carbon nanotube-copper composites – materials that are smaller than the width of a human hair – while her interest in cosmic phenomena delves into the mysteries of black holes and dark matter in the universe.
But she also works on everyday problems, like designing a human electric-powered vehicle for her SENEA trip to China this summer. In addition to her work with SENEA, she is an officer in the TU chapter of Habitat for Humanity, has been a “Big” in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters school-based program and is active in the TU Young Democrats.