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Title: VU PHYSICS GRADUATES WEHRE ARE THEY NOW?


1
VU Alumni How has the study of physics at VU
helped to shape your career?
  • What is your current Job?
  • By whom are you employed?
  • What are you Doing in this present position?
  • What is your educational and employment History
    since VU?
  • What Comments can you share with current
    students?

2
The goal(s) Why is this interesting? How can
this help?
  • What is your future Job?
  • By whom will you be employed?
  • What might you be Doing in this employment
    position?
  • How might you proceed with education/employment
    after VU?
  • What can you learn from those who have done it
    already?

3
The goal(s) Why is this interesting? How can
this help?
  • Lets see if we can detect some lessons as we
    hear from our alumni...
  • Keep some notes of what you find interesting,
    helpful, and new?
  • How might you suggest this information could be
    used?
  • Would you be interested in communicating with
    some of these alumni?

4
The method How were these data gathered?
  • An e-mail went out to some of our alumni whose
    e-mail addresses were current.
  • In four days, over 40 alumni replied!
  • I collated the replies - and Paul Nord helped set
    up this presentation.
  • Hang on lets have some fun!

5
After Graduation from VU
  • 50 go to graduate school immediately
  • -- Then what?
  • 50 go to employment immediately
  • -- Doing what?

6
Jay Dittmann - 1992
  • Job - Leon M. Lederman Fellow post-doc
  • Employer - Fermilab
  • Doing - post-doctoral research associate,
    working on upgrade to the CDF instrument,
    educating the public about the science we do at
    Fermilab and why it is important
  • HISTORY
  • Attended graduate school at Duke
  • Ph.D. 1998 in physics
  • 1998 appointment to Leon M. Lederman Fellow at
    Fermilab

7
Steve Eckardt - 1978
  • Job - optical engineer
  • Employer - 3M corporation
  • Doing - designing overhead projectors and LCD
    projectors
  • HISTORY
  • MS in optics from University of Arizona
  • Started Ph.D. program but ran out of money
  • Worked for 3 years
  • Returned to school and finished Ph.D.
  • Worked for 3M ever since

8
Dave Baran - 1983
  • Job - program manager of the Highly Enriched
    Uranium Transparency project
  • Employer - DOE Washington DC and Argonne National
    Lab
  • Doing - Monitoring the dismantling of the Russian
    nuclear weapons
  • HISTORY
  • Graduate School at Northwestern
  • Ph.D. in nuclear physics 1989
  • Aerospace Corporation 1989-1991, El Segundo, CA
  • DOE New Brunswick Laboratory 1991 to present,
    Argonne, IL

9
Sandra Kleinschmidt - 1959
  • Job - Professor of Physics
  • Employer -University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Doing - teaching physics and research
  • HISTORY
  • Graduate t U of Pittsburgh.
  • Ph.D. in solid state EPR and NMR
  • 1966 professorship at Oshkosh

10
Norm Kolb - 1983
  • Job - Professor of Physics
  • Employer - University of Saskatchewan
  • Doing - teaching physics, research in
    proto-nuclear physics, supervise two graduate
    students
  • HISTORY
  • Summer work at Los Alamos (thanks to Don Koetke)
  • Graduate school at U. of IL
  • M.Sc. (physics) in 1984, Ph.D. (Experimental
    Nuclear Physics) in 1989
  • Post-doc at University of Alberta.
  • 1993 professorship at University of Saskatchewan

11
Dale Koetke - 1986
  • Job - Software Analyst
  • Employer - Microsoft Corp.
  • Doing - Analysis of software to improve software
    efficiency - specifically for the Exchange
    product.
  • HISTORY
  • Ph.D. Stanford University 92
  • Center for European Nuclear Research (postdoc)
    92-98
  • Microsoft Corporation

12
Elwyn Dolecek- 1964
  • Job - Health Physicist
  • Employer - Argonne National Laboratory
  • Doing - Managing and developing personnel
    radiation monitoring program at DOE laboratories
    -- Research in radiation detection and monitoring
  • HISTORY - Ph.D. Rutgers University in Health
    Physics -
  • - Health physicist at ANL

13
John Giles - 1966
  • Job - Physicist
  • Employer - Johns Hopkins University Applied
    Physics Laboratory
  • Doing - have worked with submarine security in
    the Submarine Technology Department
  • HISTORY
  • 1966-1969 Engineer at Boeing, Wichita, KS
  • MS physics 1969, Wichita State
  • 1969-1974 Graduate student at Johns Hopkins
    University
  • 1974 Ph.D.
  • 1974-present physicist at Johns Hopkins

14
David Kohlstedt - 1965
  • Job - Professor of Geology and Geophysics
    Institute of Technology Distinguished Professor
  • Employer - Department of Geology and Geophysics,
    University of Minnesota
  • Doing - teaching and research in geophysics
  • HISTORY

15
Tom Horst - 1965
  • Job - Head, Surface Sensing Group
  • Employer - Atmospheric Technology Division,
    National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Doing - Research in atmospheric turbulence and
    atmosphere-surface turbulent exchange fluxes.
  • HISTORY
  • MS in physics U. of Illinois 1967
  • Ph.D. in atmospheric science at U. of Washington,
    1977
  • Atmospheric Science Department, Pacific Northwest
    Lab 1976-1989
  • Atmospheric Technology Division National Center
    for Atmospheric Research 1989 -

16
David Christiansen - 1983
  • Job - Asst. Professor, basic and applied
    biophysics
  • Employer -University of Medicine and Dentistry of
    New Jersey
  • Doing - Research on collagen self-assembly,
    tissue structure and function, and extracellular
    matrix mineralization
  • HISTORY
  • Rutgers Materials Science Graduate program 1.5
    years then transferred to Biomedical Engineering
  • Ph.D. 1992
  • NIH postdoctoral fellowship Univ. of Penn.
    Department of Orthopedic Surgery

17
Paul Sieving - 1970
  • Job - Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Employer - University of Michigan medical school
  • Doing - see patients with eye diseases one-day
    each week, conduct research in electrical
    phenomenon of retinal cells.
  • HISTORY
  • Graduate school at Yale 1970-1974 in nuclear
    physics
  • Switched to biology to study molecular genetics
  • Became interested in medical career and left Yale
    to attend U. of Illinois medical school.
  • Completed a joint MD-Ph.D. in bio-engineering

18
Cindy Thompson - 1996
  • Third year law Student
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Doing - Studying for the Law Degree --
    Intellectual Property Law (patents, trademarks,
    ...)

19
Paul Kolb - 1986
  • Job - Ph.D. Candidate and Research Assistant,
    Physics
  • Employer - University of Maryland
  • Doing - Research for Ph.D.
  • HISTORY
  • Summer t Los Alamos (thanks to Prof. Koetke)
  • Travel foreign countries, learning Spanish
  • 3 years teaching Valpo HS
  • 4 years teaching Colegio Internacional de Caracas
  • Returned to graduate school at U. of MD

20
Bob Scherpelz - 1970
  • HISTORY
  • H.S. teacher, math science
  • 2 years working grocery stores, Ft. Collins, CO
  • 2 years Peace Corps teaching math and physics in
    British West Indies
  • Grad school Oregon State
  • MS in Nuclear Engineering 1978
  • PNNL to present
  • Job - Staff Scientist, health physicist in a
    research group
  • Employer - Dosimetry Research Technology,
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Doing - radiation dose modeling, radiation
    transport modeling, neutron detectors for damaged
    Chernobyl reactor

21
Bob Witte - 1982
  • Job - Engineering Manager
  • Employer - CTS Corporation
  • Doing - Leading teams of engineers in development
    of new products
  • HISTORY
  • Started with Motorola as component design
    engineer
  • Now work for CTS
  • MS in Engineering Management

22
Ron Kneusel - 1983
  • Job - data analysis
  • Employer - Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Doing - data management and statistical analysis,
    functional MRI (a blend of physics, computer
    programming, biology physiology and chemistry)
  • HISTORY
  • Michigan State 1989 to 1991
  • Completed theses 1993

23
Alan Buswell - 1984
  • Job - Senior Scientist
  • Employer - Spectral Technology Group with Ball
    Aerospace
  • Doing - Developing algorithms, techniques and
    tools for extracting information from remote
    sensing data, primarily hyperspectral data.
  • HISTORY
  • MS degree from University of Dayton, in
    electro-optics

24
Lisa Foye - 1983
  • Job - Medical Physicist
  • Employer - Owner of a consulting firm in medical
    physics, Phoenix, AZ
  • Doing - accepting and commissioning linear
    accelerators and other radiation emitting
    devices, responsible for the correct dose
    distribution and delivery of radiation treatments
    to patients and patient and personal safety.
  • HISTORY
  • MS in Medical Physics from The University of
    Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, 1985
  • Worked for a hospital radiation therapy center
    for 3.5 years

25
Danielle Boyd - 1996
  • Job - Peace Corps
  • East Africa
  • Doing - teaching physics
  • HISTORY
  • Graduate school, Stanford University, CA
  • MS in geophysics
  • Teaching assistant University of Arizona, Physics
    Department

26
Carl Keller - 1963
  • Job - Principal Scientist
  • Employer - Owner of Flexible Underground Liner
    Technologies
  • Doing - Applied science ranging from heat
    transfer to hydraulics, porous flow processes in
    the earth, pneumatics, mechanics, etc.
  • HISTORY
  • 1965 MS degree at RPI in Engineering Science/
    Nuclear Science
  • 1966-1974 Los Alamos National Lab containment
    systems for underground nuclear testing
  • 1974-1985 Head of containment research and design
    for all DOD underground nuclear tests.
  • 1985-present Work in private sector
  • 1996 Started my own company

27
Michael Goerhing - 1964
  • Job - Technology transfer specialist
  • Employer - Aerospace Research Applications
    Center, Indianapolis
  • Doing - conducting searches of databases to find
    new technologies for transfer to individuals and
    companies
  • HISTORY
  • MS in physics, Purdue

28
Bill Baumgartner - 1984
  • Job - Operations Engineer, Special Project Group
  • Employer - Next Linear Collider Department,
    Stanford University
  • Doing - manage small X-band electron accelerator,
    design and test X-band (11.4GHz) klystrons,
    accelerating structures, RF transport, beam
    dynamics, and support functions. Collaborator on
    an experiment testing a plasma lens.
  • HISTORY
  • 1984-1989 Fermilab Accelerator Operations (got
    job from Elvin Harms, a VU grad)
  • 1989-1995 SLAC Accelerator Operations
  • 1995-present NLC Test Accelerator

29
Jim Kolterman - 1991
  • Job - Instrument Scientist
  • Employer - Abbott Labs (Pharmaceutical)
  • Doing - Instrument design, installation, training
    for pharmaceutical research and development.
    Travel around the world as well as at Abbot Labs.
  • HISTORY
  • Continued education at Northern Illinois
    University
  • Worked bar tender
  • temp work at Abbott Labs

30
Jim LeMunyon - 1981
  • Job - President, CEO, and owner
  • Employer - Novecon, Inc
  • Doing - technology transfer from foreign
    countries through the US patent process -
    especially Russia
  • HISTORY
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison studying
    meteorology
  • Science advisor to U.S. Senator John Anderson
  • Started my own business

31
Jonathan DeVilbis - 1996
  • Job - Peace Corps
  • Ghana West Africa
  • Doing - teaching high school mathematics
  • HISTORY
  • Plan to pursue at least a masters degree in
    physics

32
Lisa Peters - 1985
  • Job - Chief Scientist and Head of Raytheons
    Commercial Electronics Groups Research
  • Employer - Raytheon Corporation
  • Doing -
  • HISTORY

33
Jason Hayward - 1999
  • Job - Student, US Navy Nuclear Power School
  • Employer - USA
  • Doing - going to school. Will be teaching
    physics to enlisted students.
  • HISTORY
  • Enlisted in US Navy

34
Sheila MacKay - 1959
  • Job - Director, Manufacturing Services and
    Business Operations
  • Employer - Journals for Academic Press
  • Doing - Manage all business and quality control
    operations
  • HISTORY
  • American Institute of Physics, NYC for 2 years
  • Academic Press, 38 years

35
Greg Grossart - 1996
  • Job - Actuarial Analyst
  • Employer - William M. Mercer, Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Doing - Work in benefits consulting
  • HISTORY
  • Worked 1 year in Healthcare and Group Benefits
  • Last 2.5 years for Retirement Practice
    (Indianapolis office)

36
Ali Mojahar - 1995
  • Job - Sr. Program Manager
  • Employer - Microsoft Corporation, IGT Global
    Networks and Systems
  • Doing - part of group responsible for Microsofts
    global IT infrastructure
  • HISTORY
  • First job as technical support for VU, in
    Kretzmann Hall
  • Taking some graduate classes

37
Donald Baeder - 1976
  • Job - Architect for licensing and installation
  • Employer - Cadence Design Systems
  • Doing - review all of the packaging and licensing
    for the entire company (over 700 individual
    software products)
  • HISTORY
  • Taught high school in Monon, IN
  • MS EE/Computer Engineering from U of TX

38
Donald Becker - 1959
  • Job - Senior Research Nuclear Chemist
  • Employer - National Institutes of Standards and
    Technology
  • Doing - nuclear analytical chemistry by nuclear
    activation analysis
  • HISTORY
  • MS in Physical Chemistry at Florida State 1961

39
Paul Nord - 1991
  • Job - Technical Specialist
  • Employer - Valparaiso University, Department of
    physics and astronomy
  • Doing - Lots of different stuff. Mostly with
    computers. But I often drill holes in walls.
    Work with department research projects and
    occasionally travel to research labs around the
    country.
  • HISTORY
  • Hired directly out of college by VU physics
    department to work on research at Los Alamos.
  • Position became more of a general technical
    support staff the following year.

40
John Kohlmeyer - 1983
  • Job - Director of Solutions Engineering
  • Employer - SAP America, Inc. a subsidiary of a
    German software company
  • Doing - Manage regional department of application
    consultants and a team of consultants who manage
    the internal demonstration systems
  • HISTORY

41
Bernard Dehlin - 1962
  • Job - Principal Engineer
  • Employer - Raytheon Systems Company, RF Systems
    Engineering Center
  • Doing - System engineering for airborne radar set
    special test equipment.
  • HISTORY
  • High school and junior college physics teaching
    (16 years)
  • MA 1970, California State
  • 22 Years System software engineering (so far)

42
Walter Crosmer - 1956
  • Job - Manager of Systems Engineering Department
    of Inertial Systems Engineering
  • Employer - Space Systems Division of Honeywell
    Inc.
  • Doing - development and production of inertial
    reference systems for satellites, space probes,
    interceptor missiles. Mars Surveyor, European
    Mars Express, Titan Centaur, Atlas Centaur,
    THAAD, Patriot Advanced Capability.
  • HISTORY
  • Oklahoma AM graduate school in physics for one
    year
  • Boeing Airplane company 1957, Seattle, WA
  • 1960 Bendix Systems Division (working on Apollo,
    Viking), Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1977 Honeywell Corporation, Clearwater, FL

43
Donald Thurnau - 1945
  • Job - Retired
  • Employer -
  • Doing - some consulting with oil production
    software
  • HISTORY
  • Army service
  • Some work with Manhattan Project
  • MS in physics, U of Kansas, vacuum tube
    amplifiers
  • 1949 Mobil Oil on Dallas, TX
  • Ph.D. U of Colorado, ultraviolet spectroscopy.
  • Dupont designing instrumentation
  • Marathon Oil research center
  • Formed a consulting company in 1968 to produce
    oil field software

44
Andrew Makowski - 1999
  • Job - Medical School Student
  • Stritch School Of Medicine of Loyola University
    of Chicago
  • Doing - Im the only physics major in my class
  • HISTORY

45
Richard Maupin - 1999
  • Job - Graduate Student
  • Employer - Ball State
  • Doing - Grad student with research fellowship,
    assist in planetarium presentations, process and
    analyze data collected on red stars, work at
    National Undergraduate Research Observatory near
    Flagstaff, AZ
  • HISTORY

46
Lindsey Hillesheim - 1999
  • Job - Graduate student in biophysics
  • Employer - University of Minnesota
  • Doing - Studying! And teaching lab sections.
  • HISTORY

47
Current Graduate Students
  • Grant Kiehne (1992) - physics
  • Jason Webb (1995) - physics
  • Eric Vaandering (1993) - physics
  • Andrew Makowski (1999) - medicine
  • Andrew Richter (1990) - physics
  • Paul Kolb (1986) - physics
  • Lindsey Hillesheim (1999) - biophysics
  • Cindy (Thompson) Barnett (1996) - law
  • Richard Maupin (1999) - astronomy/teaching

48
Closing thoughts...
  • Dont be anxious about your future you have
    many options!
  • Think broadly about your future plans they will
    likely change!
  • Be confident about your preparation for you
    future youre in good hands!
  • Follow a broadly-based education it will be the
    foundation for change!
  • Consider counsel from alumni - and even possible
    jobs through them they are a valuable resource
  • One day you will appear on this list!
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