Tell us about yourself, Alexandra.
I’m Alexandra DeCesare, I’m pursuing a B.S. in Physics and I am part of the Quantum Optics Lab with Professor Warner Miller, Ph.D. I’m also working alongside Associate Professor, Elan Barenholtz, Ph.D., in the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics (MPCR) Lab.
What are your research interests?
My research interests include quantum information and communication, quantum optics, robotics, and machine learning. I am the team lead for the Quantum Drone team where we are developing specialized quantum nodes (the drones) as means for distributing quantum keys generated for use in quantum communication and cryptography. I am also a team lead on the MPCR Robotic Olfaction team where we are exploring ways to integrate machine learning and agricultural techniques to advance the technology of precision livestock farming.
What do you like best about being at FAU?
FAU offers so many resources for students interested in STEM fields. I feel they make it easy to either get involved or move forward with groundbreaking research. I also enjoy being a part of the Physics department, and I am lucky to have the opportunity to work closely with all of my classmates and professors.
What career are you interested in after you graduate?
I plan to work in research and development for the U.S. Department of Defense or a defense contractor and eventually go to graduate school.