Amy is a PhD student in the Shirokoff group. Her research involves developing a type of superconducting detectors, called microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) to study the cosmic microwave background (CMB ). Compared to traditional detectors used in mm and sub-mm observations, MKIDs offer simple fabrication procedures and native readout multiplexing capabilities. She is trying to develop novel optical detectors that has the low noise sensitivities needed for CMB observations. Her day-to-day work ranges from designing and running electromagnetic simulations of the detectors, fabricating – using the Prizker Nanofabrication Facility (PNF) – and testing and characterizing the detectors she makes.