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Lenson majored in materials science and engineering at Brown University, where he studied water on carbon coatings with Prof. Sheldon’s group. The coolest thing he ever did was to fly in NASA’s C9-B with the Brown Space Club, attempting acoustic control of water droplets in zero gravity. He worked for two years in optoelectronics at NIST Boulder Labs, where he developed models for design of multilayer optical devices and processes for fabrication and characterization of superconducting alloys for use in single-photon detectors.
Pellouchoud, L. A., Reed, E. J., Optical Characterization of Chemistry in Shocked Nitromethane with Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 117, 12288-12298, doi:10.1021/jp406877g (2013).