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UDPA Alumni Spotlight

Class of 2013
Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics

Dr. Christopher Russell received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics in 2013 with dissertation on Using 3D Dynamic Models to Reproduce X-ray Properties of Colliding Wind Binaries under the supervision of Prof. Owocki (prior to that he also completed B.S. in Physics at UD with concentration in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Minors in Mathematics and Computer Science).

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C. Nick Arge received his B.S. in Physics at the University of Arizona in 1985, an M.S. degree in Physics at the University of Minnesota in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1997 at the University of Delaware. He worked for the University of Colorado & NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), Boulder, CO from 1996-2003.

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Dr. Xing Chen received his Ph.D. in 2012 in nanomagnetism under the supervision of Dr. John Xiao. He is currently Principal Investigator and Group Leader of Nanostructured Materials Group at Argonne National Lab. Dr. Chen worked as a postdoc at Argonne before being promoted as a staff scientist.

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An Interview with Erik Gundersen

What is your current position?

Superintendent of Schools - Pascack Valley Regional High School District 


What made you choose to attend UD? 

 

What initially attracted me to the University of Delaware was the beauty of the campus and its overall reputation for academic excellence.  I also came to realize that UD was large enough that there were many choices for me, but small enough where I felt I could have an impact at the University.  As I continued my research into my college options, I discovered it was one of the few schools that would allow me to obtain a teaching certification and major in computer science.  Fortunately for me, in my freshman year, when I realized that computer science was not the right major for me, UD allowed me great flexibility in changing my major to Physics Education.


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Dr. Robert Forrey is a Distinguished Professor of Physics at Penn State Berks. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical AMO physics in 1995 under the supervision of Prof. Hill and Prof. Morgan. Prior to joining Penn State in 1999, Dr. Forrey was a Research Associate at Harvard University.

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Dr. Gillian Winters received her Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Delaware under the supervision of Prof. Karl Unruh. She has just received the 2015 Paul Zitzewitz Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers. Gillian Winters is a New York State Master Teacher and high school physics teacher from St. James, NY. This award is in recognition of contributions to pre-college physics teaching, and awardees are chosen for their extraordinary accomplishments in communicating the excitement of physics to their students.

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Prof. Xin Fan received his Ph.D. in 2010 under the supervision of Prof. John Q. Xiao for experimental research on magnetic dynamics in various nanostructures. He continued as postdoc in the same group where he studied emerging topic of  spin-orbit torque in ultrathin magnetic bilayers.  In the Fall of 2014, he became Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Denver.

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Dr. Shu received his Ph.D. in 2014 for the studies of low temperature surface passivation of crystalline silicon and its application to interdigitated back contact silicon heterojunction (IBC-SHJ) solar cell under the supervision of Prof. BIrkmire. Dr. Shu is now a staff engineer at Western Digital, CA.

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Dr. Civiletti received his Ph.D. in 2014 for the studies of modern constraints on F-term SUSY hybrid inflation models under the supervision of Prof. Shafi. Dr. Civiletti is now an instructor at Morrisville State College, a unit of the State University of New York.

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Dr. Shabbar Raza Rizvi obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2013 in theoretical particle physics under the supervision of Prof. Qaisar Shafi. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis was Low Energy Predictions from Supersymmetric Grand Unified Theories. He is currently a post doctoral fellow at Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

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Dr. Ryan Stearrett obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2013 in experimental condensed matter physics under the supervision of Prof. Edmund R. Nowak. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis was magnetization fluctuations and electronic noise in exchange-biased magnetic tunnel junctions during annealing. He is currently a process engineer at Intel in Oregon.

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Dr. Peter Thejll received his Ph.D. in astrophysics in 1989 under the supervision of Prof. H. L. Shipman. His thesis research was focused on white dwarfs. He was a Carlsberg Fellow at the Niels Bohr Institute and worked at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics. Dr. Thejll currently is a senior scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute in Copenhagen.