Hannah Hughes, Ph.D. is a technical specialist in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group, where she assists in patent preparation and prosecution. Her areas of technical expertise include nanotechnology, optics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and energy technologies.

Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Hannah was a Science, Technology, and Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office, where she assisted in the development of an office-wide machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy. Specifically, Hannah assisted in project management and technical feasibility analysis for a variety of machine learning projects, including the development of predictive models for power plant optimization and geothermal drilling, development of machine learning techniques for resource exploration, and augmentation of sparse datasets via generative AI.

Hannah received her Ph.D. in applied physics from Rice University. Her doctoral research focused on developing plasmonic nanoparticle sensors to image molecules in cell membranes. As a master’s student at the University of Pennsylvania, she researched the electrical properties of two-dimensional materials and fabricated nanoscale electronic devices. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Science from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Ph.D., Applied Physics, Rice University
  • M.S., Physics, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S., Physics, The Johns Hopkins University