Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Physics, Harvard University, 2023
  • B.A., Physics, University of Chicago, 2016

Dr. Ocola is a physicist with a background in optics and complex control systems. Built upon her training in the field of experimental quantum communication and computation, she brings experience in optical device characterization, optical sensors, control theory, and electromagnetic field modeling. She uses her expertise to help clients tackle diverse challenges including risk management, failure analysis, and technical litigation support at Exponent.

She has completed her Ph.D. at Harvard University, where her research focused on implementing a nanoscale optical device as a communication link for controlled atomic quantum bits. This involved a range of advanced skills spanning hardware development through to implementation of software control, automated measurement and analysis, and systems integration. For example, her work involved designing and fabricating nanophotonic devices, programming timed control sequences, analyzing data, implementing feedback control of laser frequency and power, utilizing microwave electronics, and controlling magnetic fields.

Dr. Ocola is familiar with a range of common software languages and simulation development tools including: Python, MATLAB, LabView, LabRAD, SolidWorks, Lumerical.