Meet Assistant Professor of Physics Brittany Corn-Agostini

POSTED ON: September 13, 2022

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Dr. Brittany Corn-Agostini joins the Albert Nerken School of Engineering as assistant professor of physics. She holds a Ph.D. in physics from Stevens Institute of Technology, where her research in theoretical quantum mechanics focused on modeling quantum entanglement dynamics. Since robust entanglement is at the heart of many exciting applications in quantum information science, such as quantum computing and quantum communication, Dr. Corn-Agostini’s research proposes ways to preserve entanglement in the presence of noisy environments where it normally decays very quickly and is difficult to control. In addition, she has a general interest in gaining a deeper understanding of these unique quantum properties and what broader role they play.

Prior to arriving at The Cooper Union in Fall 2021 as adjunct professor of physics, Dr. Corn-Agostini had a 10-year career as a senior business analyst in corporate finance. In this role she gained much experience working with large data sets, complex business processes, and building analytical dashboards for finance leadership to gain insight into key areas such as diversity and Inclusion and global revenue trends. She is looking forward to applying this skillset to her theoretical research and visualizing concepts in new ways. 

Besides her love for all things quantum-related, you will hear her most often speak about Italy, baking, and spending time with her husband and son. Above all, Dr. Corn-Agostini is most passionate about teaching and encouraging students to grow their intuition for physics phenomena to be able to tackle any problem they may face. 

I am thrilled to join this wonderful community at The Cooper Union, where our largest focus is put on the talented and diverse student population. My biggest passion is teaching physics and hope to inspire students to be curious about the why’s and how’s of the world around us. There is something comforting and unifying about the laws of physics that reminds us we are all here to understand more and make our own unique impact, no matter how big or small.

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