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Cougar Query: "I’m currently working on applications of machine learning to underwater acoustics"

Name: Traci Neilsen

BYU full-time employee since… 2018 (I've been a part-time employee/adjunct professor since 2004).

A professional portrait of Traci Neilsen, BYU astronomy and physics professor.
Traci's favorite part about teaching is helping students learn and grow.


My current job at BYU is… faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

I’m currently working on… applications of machine learning to underwater acoustics.

A professional portrait of Traci Neilsen, BYU astronomy and physics professor, in a lab.
The biggest challenge Traci has ever faced is living with fibromyalgia.

My favorite discussion to lead is… how addressing the concerns of women students in STEM helps all students (similar to this conference proceedings paper).

My advice to incoming freshmen is… you belong here! If you work hard and attend class, things will be OK.

My advice to graduating seniors is… the Lord is counting on you to do your best, share His love and build His kingdom.

I’m most looking forward to… an in-person fall semester!

A favorite quote of mine is… “The best and most clear indicator that we are progressing spiritually and coming unto Christ is the way we treat other people.” (Marvin J. Ashton)

My fondest memory from my childhood is when… my family was sealed in the London temple when I was seven years old.

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