Mock, who is currently an assistant professor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah was honored for her pioneering work on generalized ellipsometric analysis of ultra-wide bandgap metal oxides with low-crystal symmetry. The Paul Drude Award, named in honor of late physicist Paul Karl Ludwig Drude, consists of a certificate, a prism and a monetary prize of 1,000 euros.
A native of Hastings, Nebraska Mock earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UNL in 2011 and graduate degrees from UNL in electrical engineering in 2017. She also did postdoctoral research at Linköping University in Sweden and at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory under a fellowship from the National Research Council.