2015 SFU Physics Graduates Receive Gold Medals

June 03, 2015

SFU Physics Graduates Dr. Kamyar Saeedi Ilkhchy and Micah Brush were recognized as SFU's top graduate and undergraduate students respectively.

Dr. Kamyar Saeedi Ilkhchy (left) has been awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal for achieving the highest academic standing in a PhD program. Kamyar came to SFU in 2008 and was immediately drawn to the exciting new possibilities and promises of quantum computing and other quantum technologies. Joining the research group of Prof. Mike Thewalt, he participated in a number of high-impact studies, including first-authoring a paper in Science, which was selected by Physics World magazine as one of the top ten breakthroughs of 2013. This work formed the core of his PhD thesis. Dr. Saeedi Ilkhchy is continuing his research into the quantum properties of silicon as a postdoctoral fellow in Europe, in the group of Prof. Ben Murdin of the University of Surrey.

Micah Brush (right) is the 2015 recipient of the Gordon M. Shrum Gold Medal, awarded to a graduating undergraduate student who demonstrates exceptional scholastic achievement and outstanding qualities of personal character. Micah received numerous awards and scholarships during his undergraduate studies, including two summer research awards, and was heavily engaged in extracurricular activities. He has been involved in science outreach, sang with and served on the executive of the SFU Choir, and worked as a first year teaching assistant. Despite this busy schedule he managed to complete his BSc in Honours Physics with a CGPA of 4.23. In the Fall, Micah will attend the University of Cambridge for one year, and then intends to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics at UC Berkeley.