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Portrait of Thomas Colburn in a gray suit, standing outside on a sunny day in the engineering quad.
PhD candidate
Materials Science and Engineering
“I was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, near the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. We were surrounded by nature, so my siblings and friends and I spent a lot of time exploring the wilderness and getting lost in the woods…”
Portrait of Kayla Patterson wearing gray and black, looking into the camera, standing outside the Huang Engineering Center.
MS ’24
Computer Science
“I was born and raised in Robbinsville, a small town in central New Jersey…”