Doctoral Candidate, Harvard University, History of Science
Attorney licensed in California and the District of Columbia, Registered Patent Attorney
Tiffany Nichols is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. Her current research focuses on how the landscape and surrounding environment are embedded in the output signals of the main instrument of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). In this vein, she also studies how physicists and engineers understand what is a gravitational wave signal and what is merely noise generated from the instrument and surrounding environment.
Prior to her PhD studies, Tiffany earned both a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering and a Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of Virginia. Tiffany has also held positions at The RAND Corporation, the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and at highly ranked U.S. law firms, where she focused on intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution and portfolio management. In addition, Tiffany is the 2019 and 2020 Chair for the Forum of Graduate Student Affairs of the American Physical Society.
Contact: tiffany_nichols [at] g [dot] harvard [dot] edu