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    UW-W Physics Alumni

    Are you a UWW Physics Grad?
    Would you like to provide current and future UWW Physics students an idea of career paths available to Physics Majors?

    Please consider sending your name, a picture, year graduated, major and minor, and a short description of your current professional activities to:

    Ryan Haislmaier

    2008 - B.S. Physics Major, Chemistry and Math Minors
    Graduate Student/Research Assistant
    Penn State University Materials Science and Engineering Department

    Research: Probing Coupled Electrical-Magnetic-Elastic Phenomena in Strain-Enabled Multifferoic Complex Oxides

    My research involves the characterization of strain-enabled multiferroic oxides. I utilize femtosecond lasers to study Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) response which can distinguish between ferroelectric and magnetic order parameters of materials and the nature of their coupling. Also, Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM) techniques are used to study the nano-scale domain dynamics in poled multiferroic materials.

    Eric Phillips

    2008 - B.S. Physics Major, Math Minor
    MS UW Madison Nuclear Engineering

    Reactor Engineer for Tennessee Valley Authority.

    Chase Sutherland

    2008 - B.S. Physics Major, Math Minor

    I worked for a while at Briggs and Stratton using LabVIEW to do endurance and qualification testing.

    I am now employee with Cummins in Stoughton, WI and work in the crankcase ventilation lab. We use gravimetric efficiency to test how well our products are performing. It's actually pretty interesting work since I know the products I'm working on will someday be on the road.

    Joe Grams

    December 2006 - B.S. Physics Major, Math Minor
    Technical Support for Epic Systems Corporation

    I primarily support our product's installation on Citrix Servers and Windows Machines. I also do occasional development and scripting.

    Josh Vizanko

    December 2006 - B.S. Physics Major, Math Minor

    I used to be a mechanical designer for Nothelfer Gilman in Janesville, primarily designing and detailing welding and assembly sysgtems for car factories for various automotive clients using SolidWorks.  

     Now, I am a Mechanical Designer for Caterpillar Global Mining

    RB Jacobson

    May 2006 - B.S. Physics Major, Math Minor
    Graduate Student/ Research Assistant
    UW Madison Materials Science Interdisciplinary

    Principle Research: Fabrication of Three Dimensional Photonic Crystals by Stacking Silicon Nanomembranes using Electron Beam Lithography. Photonic crystals are periodic dielectrics that allow creation of a photonic band-gap that depend on the arrangement of the dielectrics. Introduction of defects in the dielectric periodicity create optical states within the band gap similar to dopants in a semiconductor. Since I am using silicon (and germanium), the optical range of the devices is in the near infrared (telecommunication wavelengths).

    Jeff Polak

    May 2006 - B.S. Physics Major, Math Minor
    Graduate Student at North Carolina State University in the Physics Education Research and Development Group

    Jeff's research focuses on student use of calculus in the introductory course and using computer programming and numerical calculations with VPython to improve instruction. He has been a teaching assistant for countless introductory laboratory sections as well as a co-instructor for two SCALE-UP sections of introductory physics for engineering majors.

    Matthew Benson

    May 2002 - B.S. Physics Major, Management Computer Systems (MCS) Major
    Software engineer on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) for Honeywell.

    The CEV will eventually replace the space shuttle and return man to the moon. I'm part of a small team that is designing and building the CEV avionics. This is my second job out of college. My first job was working as a test engineer on the International Space Station program for Boeing.

    Ethan Westcot

    May 2001 - B.S. Physics Major, Math Minor
    GE Healthcare
    Imaging Subsystems - Tubes Engineering
    Mechanical Engineer

    After graduation from UWW, I went on to Penn State University where I earned my MS in Engineering Mechanics in 2002 with thesis research focusing on Powder Metallurgy. I began my professional career as a Project Engineer for two years at a metal injection molded component manufacturer in Minnesota, then moved to my current role as a Senior Mechanical Engineer for GE Healthcare in X-Ray Tube Engineering for CT Scanners beginning in 2005.

    Brandon Palicki

    1999 - B.S. Physics Major, Math Major
    Programmer: Product Development & Production
    Briggs & Stratton Home Power Products Group

    I design the programs, using LabVIEW, to do all the endurance and qualification testing in our Lab and final production performance verification. In our division of Briggs and Stratton we engineer and produce generators, pressure washers, outboard motors, pumps, air compressors/Inflators and home standby's. I'm also responsible for any future products that will need to be tested.

    Scott Beardsley

    1995 - B.S. Physics Major, Math Major
    Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

    I research human visual processing, neural engineering, and functional imaging.

    John Klinge

    1988 - B.S. Physics Major, Mathematics Minor
    Senior Staff Aeronautical Engineer
    Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company - Advanced Development Programs

    I am presently supporting F-35 Flight Test at Edwards AFB, California.

    Michael Westphall

    1985 - B.S. Physics, Mathematics Majors
    Project Research Scientist
    Space Astronomy Laboratory, UW-Madison

    I'm currently using UV polarimetery to study magnetic fields in the Milky Way galaxy. I started out my career studying color in paper fabrication processes then moved on to investigate isotopic ratios of galactic cosmic rays. I have also designed systems for looking at human DNA proteins.

    Robin Smith

    1983 - B.S. Physics and Mathematics Major
    Research Physicist, Naval Research Laboratory

    Following my graduation I taught physics for the US Navy's Nuclear Power School. After my tour of duty I went to work for the Naval Space Surveillance Center in 1988. In 1996 I transferred to the Naval Research Laboratory where I work as a research physicist. My duties include serving as an astrodynamicist, RF engineer and analyst for a satellite communications branch.

    I cut my teeth on FORTRAN, and have since learned C, javascript and other programming applications such as LabVIEW and Vee Pro for instrumentation control.

    I served as president of the Society of Physics Students and was inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma while at Whitewater. I started the annual faculty-student picnic and softball game.

    Cody Kreischer

    1980 - B.S. Physics Major
    CEO Kreischer Optics

    Hi! I'm Cody Kreischer, owner, President, and chief sales and technical contact at Kreischer Optics. I've worked in every phase of optical manufacturing, from curve generating to hand polishing of precision surfaces. In 1983, I completed my Master's degree at the University of Arizona's Optical Sciences Center with emphasis on lens design and optical testing. After three years of working as a Senior Engineer at Recon Optical in Barrington, Illinois, I decided it was time to devote myself full time to Kreischer Optics.

    Scott Beutlich

    1978 - B.S.E. Physics teaching
    High School Physics Teacher
    Crystal Lake South High School, Crystal Lake, Il.

    I have been teaching High School Physics at Crystal Lake South High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois for 29 years. I love my job teaching Physics to students and sharing ideas with other teachers. I have coached 45 high school teams in Baseball, Basketball and Volleyball. I am president of a local Physics teacher share group (over 220 teachers) called Physics Northwest. We meet once a month during the school year and share demonstrations and teaching ideas. Three of the members are former Physics students at CL South. I am also a table leader for grading the Advanced Placement Physics exams for the College Board.

    Pat Slane

    1977 - B.S.E. Physics/Mathematics Majors
    Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University

    I am an Astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and a Lecturer in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, jointly located at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. My research interests center on studies of supernova remnants, neutron stars, and X-ray studies of our galaxy. Our GaS research group actively includes a team of students and postdocs in a broad range of research areas.

    Ralph H. Zee

    1974 - B.S. Physics major, Mathematics minor
    Acting Associate Provost and Vice President for Research of Auburn University.
    Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Auburn University's College of Engineering

    After receiving his BS in Physics from UWW, Ralph completed his graduate study at UW-Madison receiving his master's and PhD degrees in materials science. He was a materials scientist at Chalk River Laboratory in Canada until 1986 at which time he joined the faculty at Auburn University. His administrative responsibility began in 2001 when he assumed the duty of the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. In January of 2007 he was appointed Acting Associate Provost and Vice President for Research of Auburn University with the responsibility of promoting research and building partnerships.

    Art Andersen

    1967 - B.S. Physics and Math Majors
    CEO Virtual Surfaces, Inc. Computer Scanning & Surface Services

    Art is a "paleotechnologist.", it's an occupation that straddles the prehistoric and high tech manufacturing. Andersen's company, Virtual Surfaces, Inc. in Mount Prospect, Ill., provides engineering services to commercial clients. Using advanced software and high resolution three-dimensional scanners, he works with industry, the scientific community and museums to "connect the dots" that define surfaces.

    Warren W. Hein

    1966 - B.S. Physics and Mathematics
    Program Officer, Division of Undergraduate Education
    National Science Foundation

    Warren Hein graduated in 1966 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics. He then attended Iowa State University on a National Defense Education Act Fellowship and graduated in 1970 with a PhD in Nuclear Physics. Hein taught physics at Northern State University and South Dakota State University in South Dakota from 1970 until February 1997. In 1997 he became Associate Executive Officer for the American Association of Physics Teachers in College Park, Maryland. In September 2007 he moved to the National Science Foundation as program officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education. Hein and his spouse Melanie live in Alexandria, Virginia, with their two cats.

    Robert Douglas

    1960 - B.S. Physics and Math Majors
    CEO Virtual Surfaces, Inc. Computer Scanning & Surface Services

    Mr. Douglas retired as the President of Advanced Assembly Automation in 1999. Following his retirement, he has served as a consultant for Wright Technology Network, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the transfer of technology from the United States Air Force to industry. Currently he is consulting with ConnecTerra, a provider of middleware software for the RFID industry. In this role he interfaces with the University of Wisconsin UW E-Business Consortium on a monthly basis.

    Mr. Douglas has more than thirty years of technical managerial experience in the industrial automation field. Prior to joining Advanced Assembly Automation in 1992, he was Vice President of Marketing for the Materials Handling Division of Litton Industrial Automation. He also served as the President of Engineered Systems Division of Litton, General Manager of Gilman Engineering and Manufacturing Company and in various technical roles for Gilman and the Parker Pen Company.


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