Bárbara Cruvinel Santiago

Bárbara Cruvinel Santiago is a physics doctoral candidate at Columbia University working on astronomical instrumentation under a NASA fellowship. Born and raised in Brazil, she got her BS in physics at Yale, after which she worked on gravitational wave and quantum optics research at a Nobel-Prize-winning lab at MIT and got her master’s at Columbia. She is one of the inaugural fellows of the Next-Generation Fellowship from the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction, and she received the 2021 American Physical Society 5 Sigma Physicist Award for congressional advocacy in nuclear disarmament.