Time, Einstein, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe


At the beginning of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein changed the way we think about time. Near the end of the twentieth century scientists learned how to cool a gas of atoms to temperatures billions of times lower than anything else in the universe. 

Now, in the 21st century, Einstein’s thinking and ultracold atoms are shaping the development of atomic clocks, the best timekeepers ever made. Such super-accurate clocks are essential to industry, commerce, and science. They are the heart of the Global Positioning System (GPS) that guides cars, airplanes, and hikers to their destinations. 

Today, the best primary atomic clocks use ultracold atoms, achieve accuracies better than a second in 300 million years, and are getting better all the time. Super-cold atoms, with temperatures that can be below a billionth of a degree above absolute zero, allow tests of some of Einstein’s strangest predictions. 
Join Dr. Phillips for be a lively, multimedia presentation—including experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations about some of today’s most exciting science.

Dr. William D. Phillips is the leader of the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group of the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s Physical Measurement Laboratory—and also a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. Dr. Phillips’s research group studies the physics of ultracold atomic gases. In 1997, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics “for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.”

March 5 at 7 pm at the Student Alumni Union, Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology

Society of Women Engineers Overnight

IHS Junior Girls:

You are invited to attend the


15th Annual “SWE Overnight”
hosted by the RIT Society of Women Engineers student section 

Are YOU a High School Junior?

Are YOU ready to start exploring your future?
Are YOU ready to experience life as a college student?

Do YOU want to learn more about a career where you can

shape the future AND make a difference?

Then register for the SWE Overnight Event held at Rochester Institute of Technology


SWE Overnight is a shadow program at Rochester Institute of Technology for female high school juniors. This program offers participants the opportunity to explore various engineering fields through hands-on workshops and interaction with current RIT engineering students as well as professors. A mentoring relationship can also be developed through our panel discussion and mentoring lunch, which helps facilitate the transition from high school to college. Our goal is to motivate and inspire young women to pursue a career in engineering. 

When?  Thursday, February 5th, 2015 1:00pm thru Friday, February 6th, 2015 4:00 pm

Who?    Open to current female High School Juniors (Grade 11).

Where? Rochester Institute of Technology Campus in Rochester, NY


  • Experience life as an RIT college student
  • Explore various engineering fields
  • Spend the night on campus
  • Eat in the student dining facilities
  • Interact with RIT students and professors
  • Fun experiences with new friends!




First come, first serve basis—limited to first 50 students.


Payment: $125 per student*             Visa and MasterCard Payments Accepted

*Need based scholarships available—see Scholarship Information

Includes: SWE overnight T-shirt, meals, overnight accommodations, hands on engineering activities and mentoring by RIT engineering students.


Special Notes:

You will find answers to many common questions on the SWE Overnight FAQ  or on SWE Overnight website.

Click here for Program Flyer


For additional information or questions about the program, please feel free to contact us:

Jessica Jeffrey, SWE Outreach Chair,  jpj8014@rit.edu  or

Women in Engineering Program at RIT  email: we@rit.edu or phone: 585.475.6321


Access Services (sign language interpreting or real-time captioning) available upon request.


We look forward to your participation!

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