Kirsten Hessler
Kirsten Hessler
Height: 6-0
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Roswell, Ga.
High School: Centennial
Position: Epee
Major: Materials Science and Engineering

2011-12: Overall record: 40-29...NFC record: 21-10...squad leader...finished 17th at The Big One (11/5)...placed 15th at the NCAA Northeast Regional (3/11)...went 9-4 in the "B" Pool at the New England Championship (2/25)...had a 12-3 outing in the first NFC event of the year (11/19) courtesy of a sweep of UNH, 2-1 decisions against UMass, Boston University, and Sacred Heart, a pair of wins versus Brandeis, and a victory over Wellesley...blanked Cornell, went 2-1 against Yale, and picked up a win over UNC at the Brandeis Invitational (12/4)...swept Boston College, posted 2-1 marks versus Tufts and Vassar, and tacked on victories over Smith and Dartmouth at another NFC competition (1/28)...compiled a 9-6 total at the Eric Sollee Invitational (2/4) by tallying three wins versus Hunter, notching 2-1 performances against Penn and NYU, and defeating foes from Johns Hopkins and Haverford...went 2-1 versus Brandeis and picked up victories over BC and Harvard at the Beanpot (2/14).

2010-11: Overall record: 45-34...NFC record: 23-14...squad leader...ranked sixth at The Big One (11/6)...finished 29th at the NCAA Northeast Regional (3/13)...went 10-5 at the Brandeis Invitational (12/6) where she won all three of her bouts against St. John's and Haverford...also picked up victories over Brown, Cornell, and Yale...swept NYU and Hunter at the Eric Sollee Invitational (2/6) in addition to defeating Duke and Yeshiva...recorded wins versus Boston College and Harvard at the Beanpot (2/16).

Off the Fencing Strip at MIT: Majoring in materials science and engineering with a minor in energy studies and a concentration in German...undergraduate researcher at MIT Tuller Laboratory...was a research intern at Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics (Stuttgart, Germany)...completed an internship at Osram Semiconductors (Regensburg, Germany)...conducted research in the MIT Center for Materials Research and Ethnology and MIT Electrochemical Energy Laboratory...MIT International Science and Technology ambassador...Discover Materials Science and Engineering ambassador...undergraduate teaching assistant.

High School: A 2008 graduate of Centennial High School...2008 Georgia high school fencing league champion in epee...team captain...finished second overall in the GHSFL women's division her senior year...placed first in cadet women's epee in the Georgia division of Junior Olympic qualifier...salutatorian...National Merit Scholar finalist and scholarship winner...AP Scholar with Honor.

Personal: Daughter of Richard and Sandra Hessler.