Gordon physics graduates have received advanced degrees from nationally ranked universities such as MIT, California Institute of Technology, and many more. Gordon physics graduates have also gone to careers with leading employers such as Raytheon, Microsoft, Intel and many more.
Patrick Harrington, class of 2014
Patrick is working as an intern in the R&D group at Thermo Scientific on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. As the third intern to Thermo on this project, we will be quite proud when the Thermo LIBS efforts come to fruition. Patrick’s senior thesis detailed the many different phenomena that convolute together in a LIBS spectrum, including first principles effects such as Stark broadening and Doppler broadening, as well as experimental effects such as instrument broadening and non-Gaussian beam profiles. Patrick coded a full simulation of these effects on intrinsic line widths and positions in an effort to better understand and calibrate experimental LIBS spectra.
Morgan Shook, class of 2014
Morgan is employed at Raytheon in the Integrated Defense Systems group in Woburn. She is employed as a Systems Engineer. She graduated from Gordon with her Physics degree and from USC with her Systems Engineering degree in 2014.
Brian Landis, class of 2014
Brian is working at UTC Aerospace Systems on advanced cargo-handling systems in wide-body jets (for both Boeing and Airbus). He’s located in North Dakota. Brian too graduated from Gordon with his Physics degree and from USC with his Astronautical Engineering degree in 2014.
Stephen Collins, class of 2014
Stephen is working on distributed grid research at Southern California Edison. He is responsible for building models to simulate expected powerflows under various scenarios including higher penetrations of solar, battery storage and electric vehicles on the grid. He works with teams from all over the country, including Caltech and Battelle. Stephen graduated from Gordon with his Physics degree and from USC with his Electrical Engineering degree in 2014.
Nathan Calandra, class of 2014
Nathan is working as a scientific programmer at Atmospheric & Environmental Research – a company that helps businesses and governments solve the world’s biggest climate issues. He is really enjoying his job and recently got engaged to his long-time sweetheart Sally Jeffery.
Alegra Aulie, class of 2013
Upon graduation Alegra took a job as a research intern at Thermo Scientific working in the R&D group on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). She continued work begun by Danielle Duggins there the previous year and built upon her own senior research work in the field of rare earth-doped luminescent phosphors. After completing her internship, Alegra took a job across the country at an optical photonics startup company Aurrion, located in Santa Barbara. She is enjoying the more temperate climate of California.
Jeff Ratzloff, class of 2013
Jeff Ratzloff is pursuing his PhD in Astrophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research group is currently planning a trip down to Chile to help deploy a new instrument in early 2015.
Jon Hamill, class of 2013
Upon graduation, Jon spent some time working at our very own CTS before accepting a job at NYU in the scientific computing cluster group. At NYU Jon was sys admin for several of the computing clusters that supported computational physics research. Recently Jon accepted a new position at Yale University, again as a sys admin and in support of scientific computing efforts at that New Haven institution.
Melissa Haire, class of 2013
Melissa graduated from Gordon with a double major in Physics and Math. She is currently at the University of Connecticut pursuing her PhD in Math and loving every minute of her time there! She is known to make occasional surprise visits back to campus to everyone’s delight.
Zach Capalbo, class of 2012
After graduating with honors in physics, Zach was hired by Thermo Scientific. He spent a summer working there as a hardware/software interface developer on the Tru-Narc handheld Raman spectrometer after his junior year. He continues to develop his expertise in the hardware/software interface, and working on projects related to handheld spectroscopic techniques at Thermo.
Zach has been given more responsibilities after nearly 3 years at Thermo Scientific. In addition to managing the hardware/software interface for the handheld instruments group, he is also working directly with the R & D group on development of new handheld spectroscopic techniques
Danielle Duggins, class of 2012
After finishing up an internship in the R & D group at Thermo Scientific, Danielle moved to California where she was hired by Dr. Lee during his time serving as President and CTO of Glassimetal Technology, an 8-person materials science startup based in Pasadena, CA, founded by Dr. Lee’s PhD advisor from Caltech. After working at Glassimetal for the year, Danielle decided to pursue her PhD and is now a PhD student at Caltech in Materials Science.
Jesse Thompson, class of 2012
Jesse is a graduate student in physics at Northeastern University.
Robert (Buddy) Fryer, class of 2011
Buddy originally intended to pursue a Masters Degree in Medical Physics at the University of Maine, but along the way he became interested in the materials physics aspects of semiconductor interfaces and silicides. Buddy decided to pursue a PhD in solid state physics and is currently in his 3rd year at U Maine studying interfacial phenomena in semiconductor junctions.
Michael Percuoco, class of 2011
Mike completed his Masters Degree in Physics at Northeastern, got married to Anna and decided to get a job. Mike is employed as a software engineer in Boston.
Jonathan Sheeks, class of 2011
Jonathan leveraged his summer internship with startup company Zink into a permanent position. Zink was started by some ex-Polaroid engineers and scientists to commercialize a color printing technology that requires no ink ("zero-ink") because the colorant is contained within the print media itself. You can learn more about this company at its website, www.zink.com.
Thomas Botticello, class of 2010
Thomas double majored in physics and Biblical studies. He works at the Proton Cancer Treatment Center of Massachusetts General Hospital doing quality assurance and quality control on the proton beam and on patient specific, aperture and range compensation hardware. Thomas is the fourth of our recent graduates working in health physics at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Spencer Carson, class of 2010
Spencer is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in experimental biophysics at Northeastern University. In the lab of Meni Wanunu, he is researching and fabricating solid state nanopores for use in the sequencing of DNA and studying the kinetics of restriction enzymes.
Jordan Montgomery, class of 2010
Jordan triple-majored in physics, math and biblical studies and is currently a graduate student in Astrophysics at Boston University where he is studying galaxy formation through numerical simulations.
Matt Percuoco, class of 2010
Matt graduated from Gordon College with majors in physics and Biblical Studies. After graduation, he enrolled in a masters degree program at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.
Upon completing his M.Div., Matt felt called to continue his biblical studies. He was accepted into the Harvard Divinity School where he is currently pursuing his PhD in Old Testament.
Emily Butt, class of 2008
Emily is serving with the United States Marine Corps.
Dan Ashley, class of 2007
Graduating with a major in physics and minors in mathematics and health professions, Dan Ashley works as a dosimetrist at the proton therapy center at Massachusetts General Hospital. In the picture at the right, Dan is standing in front of the hospital's cyclotron.
Josh Small, class of 2007
Working in the Proton Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Josh is in charge of the quality assurance of the proton beam and of the hardware made for each patient.
Jeromy Tompkins, class of 2007
In 2012, Jeromy completed a Ph. D. degree in nuclear physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The topic of his dissertation was polarized-photofission, which is a type of fission induced by linearly-polarized photons. At Gordon, Jeromy majored in both physics and mathematics, graduating summa cum laude.
Hugh Prichard, class of 2006
Hugh Prichard double majored in physics and secondary education. After considering high school teaching as well as employment outside of teaching, Hugh interviewed for two positions in the field of medical physics. He was offered both positions and accepted the one in photon dosimetry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Officially he is a "medical dosimetrist dealing with radiation oncology."
Bekah Fisher, class of 2005
Bekah Fisher graduated in 2005 and was accepted into the Peace Corps. Upon completion of her training she became a school physics teacher in a small rural village in the middle of Tanzania in East Africa. She had about a half-dozen classes each with about 50 students. Although she taught in English, she learned to speak Swahili. She lived in a little house without comforts such as electricity and running water. After moving back to the States, she became a high school physics teacher in Hudson, Massachusetts.
Mike Frechette, class of 2005
Graduating from Gordon with majors in physics and mathematics, Mike Frechette went on to earn a master of arts degree in linguistics. He and his wife Jessica are planning to do linguistics, translation, and literacy work.
Megan Parker, class of 2005
Megan Parker graduated in 2005 as a double major in physics and mathematics. After graduation she obtained a job as a civilian employee in the sensor division of the U.S. Army's Fort Monmouth in New Jersey. Since then she has changed careers, and is now a high school physics and math teacher.
Jon Banks, class of 2004
Although accepted into physics graduate school with a teaching assistantship, Jon Banks decided to enter the military. He is a First Lieutenant and pilot in the U.S. Marines.
Rebecca Copty, class of 2004
Rebecca Copty graduated in 2004 with a major in physics and a minor in business. She spent a year doing various jobs, including teaching mathematics and physics at a school in Beverly, MA. She then entered a master's degree program in civil engineering, taught jointly by Glasgow and Heriot-Watt Universities in Scotland. She has since completed her master's degree in water resources engineering management, with distinction. She now works as an engineer for an engineering consultancy in Edinburgh. Her specialty is using computers to model water flow in developments in order to find sustainable solutions for flooding. Rebecca is focusing on developing her technical skills in hydraulic modeling. She hopes eventually to use those in underprivileged, developing areas to promote sound water supply and drainage infrastructure.
Amy Freed Gulley, class of 2004
Amy Freed Gulley graduated from Gordon in 2004 with majors in physics and mathematics, and a Pike Scholars Program contract major in German studies. Since graduation, she earned a master's degree in physics from Tufts University, got married, and became the office manager of a company in Pennsylvania.
Chris Love, class of 2004
In his first year of teaching physics at Triton Regional High School after graduating from Gordon in 2004, Chris Love applied for and won a sizeable grant for new computer equipment. He now teaches at Masconomet Regional High School in nearby Topsfield, MA.
Danica Passano Rines, class of 2004
Originally from Bozeman, Montana, Danica Passano Rines graduated from Gordon with a degree in physics and a minor in mathematics. While at Gordon, Danica played varsity volleyball. After graduating in 2004 she worked briefly for a laser applications engineering firm before becoming a systems engineer at Raytheon. In her time at Raytheon, Danica has worked on an air defense program for the Army and Marine Corps.
Levi Silvers, class of 2004
After graduating from Gordon, Levi Silvers entered a Ph.D. program in atmospheric science at Colorado State University, which he completed in 2011. His research interests at Colorado State were in the area of theoretical atmospheric dynamics. Other interests include hiking, as seen here.
Kristin Walker, class of 2004
Kristin Walker earned a Ph.D. in optical engineering from the Department of Physics and Optical Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studied adaptive optics, which involves an optical system that adapts to the turbulent atmosphere and corrects the distortions created in the image. Since then, Kristin has taken a position at Pfeiffer University. Kristin is seen here aligning a laser.