Freshmen students in Physics and 3-2 Engineering Department got acquainted with each other and the faculty during orientation. They made some colorful PVC lamps with LED bulbs to help them with their late night studying.
To kick off the year, Physics Club hosted a showing of Starwars: Rogue One in the engineering lab. The whole department celebrated the start of the year with a Labor Day cookout.
Tout Wang, Ph.D., joined the department as assistant professor of physics. Dr. Wang earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and his doctorate in physics from Harvard University, where he studied under Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Ketterle at the M.I.T-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms. Most recently, Dr. Wang has worked as a scientific specialist at M Squared Lasers, a company specializing in widely-tunable lasers for the research market. When not experimenting on Bose-Einstein condensates, he enjoys running marathons. We are blessed to have Dr. Wang join us.
The Physics and 3-2 Engineering Department is excited to welcome recent graduate Jiin So to the department as a lab associate. In addition to helping our students wrestle with their physics courses and teaching Intro Physics labs, she will help maintain our labs and the many pieces of research and teaching equipment found therein. She will also continue the work she began in her senior thesis on time-resolved laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of materials.
Oleksiy Svitelskiy, Ph.D., associate professor of physics received two separate NSF grants for his research, totaling over $500,000. One grant focuses on acoustic measurements in solids and the other one involves using whispering gallery mode resonant forces to manipulate microparticles. Congratulations to Dr. Svitelskiy on this professional affirmation of his good work.
“This summer I was working in a civil engineering lab at the University of Southern California. My main focus was on the corrosion properties of a newly developed alloy, CuAlMn. The alloy has super elastic properties that are of interest to seismic engineers, but the corrosion resistance has been studied very little compared to other alloys used in concrete reinforcement. We ran electrochemical tests on both the CuAlMn alloy and other common steel alloys to compare their corrosion behavior, with the goal of showing how the copper alloy behaves compared to the steel alloys currently used in corrosion resistant rebar.”
- Susan Alexis Brown '17
“I spent the summer at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a part of the Summer Computational Physics Workshop. I did studies on how the Portage parallel computing library scales with a number of processors. This work was in support of exascale computational simulations in a wide variety of physics topics. The summer program was a great experience and I highly recommend it if you are a rising junior or senior in physics.”
- Peter Crossman '17
“I was on campus doing research with Professor Svitelskiy on acoustic measurements of solids. The experiment is currently being modified to take measurements down to cryogenic temperatures and I spent my time helping design and build parts of the low-temperature apparatus.”
- Betzaida Berrios '19
Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Clayton Arundel, Susan Alexis Brown, Peter Crossman, Jungsu Lee, Qing Li, Kuo Lu, Sumin Kyoung, Jiaqi Qiao, Jiin So, and Andrew St Germain walked at the May 2017 Commencement, receiving their B.S. in Physics. Their hard work and dedication has been rewarded, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.