Steven Gomez is a Ph.D. student in the Materials Department, where he uses lasers, temperatures near absolute zero, and neutrons to synthesize and characterize new types of magnetic materials to enable quantum computers of the future. Before arriving at UCSB, he graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2018, where he participated in programs similar to SIMS that helped propel him into undergraduate research, industry internships, and eventually graduate school. He went on to work on materials that convert heat into electricity at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and then on printable solar cells at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Steven enjoys being involved with organizations such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanxs and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and, in his free time, also enjoys playing guitar in rock bands and in a mariachi. Check out more about his work here: sites.engineering.ucsb.edu/~stevenjgomez/.