Meet the Organizing Committee


Kimberly Horvat

Riverhead High School

Kim Horvat is a senior at Riverhead High School. She is interested in pursuing a career in astrophysics to study other galaxies and exoplanets and hopefully one day working at NASA. Her favorite subjects in school include mathematics, physics, and astronomy. She also has volunteered for tutoring other students in mathematics. 

Throughout her high school years, Kim has taken part in many STEM extracurricular activities, including an Electrical Engineering workshop at Stony Brook University, the High School Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) club organized through Stony Brook University, Scientific Computer Coding held by Brookhaven National Laboratory, her school’s mathematics and robotics club, and most recently she  participated in the 2020 High School Research Program sponsored by Brookhaven National Laboratory. During this research project, she worked with accelerator physicists on the National Synchrotron Light Source-II.

Kristine Horvat

University of New Haven

Dr. Kristine Horvat is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT, where she teaches laboratory, materials science, and sustainable energy courses and works on gas hydrate and algal biofuel research projects with students. She is very passionate about engaging and teaching up-and-coming students about engineering, especially topics related to cleaner, low carbon energy. Dr. Horvat earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Molecular Engineering and a masters & PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Stony Brook University. While in graduate school, she performed research at Brookhaven National Laboratory to investigate gas hydrates as an alternative energy source.  

Shruti Sharma

Stony Brook University

Dr. Shruti Sharma is Program Manager for the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), a NYS Center of Excellence, the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP), and the Thermomechanical Imaging and Nanoscale Characterization (ThINC) Core Facility, located at Stony Brook University (SBU). Dr. Sharma has 10+ years of technical experience in advanced nanomaterials synthesis, microscopy, spectroscopy, and data analytics and 3+ years of business development experience. Drawing on her materials science and engineering background combined with her business development experience, Dr. Sharma is committed to help stakeholders from industries, start-ups, research institutes, governmental agencies and nonprofits by enabling relevant networking connections, one-on-one mentorship as well as driving productive user experience.

Her education includes B.Tech. with Honors in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB), India and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stony Brook University.

Vivian Stojanoff

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Vivian Stojanoff is a Physicist at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) over seeing the User, Training and Outreach Program of the Center of Biomolecular Structure (CBMS). She has a broad multi-disciplinary background, with specific training in physics, material sciences, and x-ray crystallography. She has long standing experience with synchrotron light applications more specifically with methods and techniques that allow macromolecular structure determination. Before coming to BNL she was a beam line scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble France. She earned her  PhD in Physics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Vivian has mentored almost 100 students throughout her career. She actively collaborates with Dr. Aleida Perez,  supporting the SPARK program, a research program for high school teachers and student teams.