Jessie Rosenberg ’04 recently appeared on Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30″ list of “Rising Stars in Science.” A physics major at Bryn Mawr, she’s now working for IBM, researching how to use light technology to make computers faster.
A lengthier profile of Rosenberg tied to her inclusion on the list appeared in the The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Va., where her parents live.
From the Daily Progress article:
By the time Rosenberg became a teenager, she was so advanced in her studies that she was permitted to skip high school. Instead, she enrolled in Mary Baldwin College’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted.
It took the outgoing young lady one school year to finish off all the physics classes offered at the Staunton school. It was then off to Bryn Mawr College, just west of Philadelphia.
The summer prior to starting classes at Bryn Mawr, Rosenberg spent six weeks working on a nuclear engineering project at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s special research science institute. She was one of 50 college students granted a full scholarship to the program.
During her first year at Bryn Mawr, Rosenberg was named one of the 76 smartest Philadelphians by the Philadelphia Magazine. To prove it, the 14-year-old explained in understandable language the meaning of Albert Einstein’s equation E=mc² in fewer than 10 sentences.
Rosenberg graduated from Bryn Mawr College when she was 17. After she received her doctorate in applied physics from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) when she was 23, IBM was quick to hire her.