My name is Justin Reeder and I am from the great Midwestern state of Wisconsin where string cheese, dairy cows, beer brats (yes a real food), and Packer fans abound! I am a junior at the University of Wisconsin—Platteville majoring in Engineering Physics. Upon the completion of my degree, I am looking forward to getting into a career involved in the development of Physics and Engineering education programs. In fact, it was through my local Society of Physics Students chapter that I managed to get so involved in such programs including our traveling physics road shows to local area schools. I even had the opportunity this past year to design a workshop which introduced the physics of sail car design to high school students at Platteville’s Engineering Exposition.
Not only am I a student at U.W. Platteville, but I also work part time as a radio telephone operator/technician for the Wisconsin Army National Guard out of Eau Claire, WI. My unit and I did some active duty time two years ago in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was stationed about 30 miles north of Baghdad near a small town called Ad-Dujahyl. There I was a gunner for convoy escort missions whose purpose was to transport people, goods, and supplies between our various bases. It was indeed an experience to see such a different country and culture. If there is any interest I have pictures from my travels which might be kind of neat to see.
As for my interests I have so many. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves to do anything outside—hiking, camping, canoeing, bicycling or whatever, as long as it’s in the sun. I also am a pretty big history buff, so I am all about historical places and monuments. I particularly like the American Civil War period. In fact I have recently managed to combine these two interests of mine by discovering the hobby of Civil War reenacting. I also enjoy traveling to new places and since this is my first trip to the Washington D.C. area I am all about checking out the sites and sounds of the city. In particular I love museums and national monuments so the Smithsonian is definitely tops on my list.
Well that is just a little bit about me. I just want to say that I am looking forward to meeting you all and spending the summer with you. I am honored to have this opportunity to work with you to advance the knowledge of physics. See you soon!