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UDPA Alumni Spotlight

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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.