Notable IMSA Alumni – Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski ’10

Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski ‘10, a proud first-generation Cuban-American and
recipient of the 2019 IMSA Distinguished Leader Award, is the first female to
graduate MIT Physics #1. IMSA’s longest serving teacher, Dr. Micah Fogel, inspired
Sabrina to build an airplane in 2005! Sabrina is the second PhD candidate from
Harvard to have their dissertation published in Physics Reports–the other guy won the
2004 Nobel Prize for his 1974 dissertation. Brown University offered Sabrina an
unsolicited assistant professorship but she declined the $1.1M offer from Brown to join
the premier Canadian think tank: The Perimeter Institute and became a physics
professor at age 27—the youngest of their 25 faculty members, and one of only three
women. Sabrina has been named to Scientific American’s 30 under 30 list, the Forbes
30 under 30 list, the Forbes 30 under 30 All Star list and finally, a Forbes 30 under 30
judge. She encourages you to attend every IMSA Summer event you can while still in
elementary school, like she did! Sabrina is currently on leave to the Princeton Center
for Theoretical Science and a periodic visitor at the premier US think tank: The
Institute for Advanced Study.