Name Liz Skerritt

Class Year 2014

Major Physics and Visual Arts

Current Occupation I’m working at the Applied Physics Laboratory in a group that is creating visual simulations that train our sponsors how to operate vehicles– for example making a video game that the navy seals can play that teaches them how to maintain and operate a submarine. I mostly work on the software development and some physics modeling and simulations– I will potentially dabble with some of the visual aspects of the projects, too!

Current Location Baltimore

Internships & Pre-Professional Experience at JHU I previously had summer internships at Naval Research Laboratory working on underwater acoustics and National Institute of Standards and Technology helping standardize the farad– and did research as an undergrad at Hopkins on condensed matter physics with Nina Markovic’s lab.

I also studied abroad in Florence, Italy in a program with MICA students where I focused on studio arts for an entire semester. It was important for me to see the world from a different perspective, and I’m so glad I had this experience. It was also pretty nice to have a little break from my physics classes!

Having these experiences helped me know that after graduating, I didn’t want to go immediately into physics research with either the government or grad school– this pointed me towards APL, where I really appreciate the balance between industry and academia.

Campus Involvement DSAGA (Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance), … all of the intramural sports, SPS (Society of Physics Students)

Favorite Hopkins Memory “Chilling” on the beach and playing in the snow, making a snowman with a top hat, and intense sledding down the beach!

What do you miss most about being a Hopkins student? All the awesome events Hopkins would put on like the carnivals, Hoptoberfest and other random events where we get “free” swag and food!

Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? Don’t try to be someone you think others want you to be– just be yourself.