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I received my B.S. in physics and mathematics from Michigan State University and my Ph.D. in physics from The University of Texas at Austin. I subsequently worked as a research physicist at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, University of Windsor, Case Western Reserve University, and University of Michigan, and as an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University. I am currently an associate professor in the Physics Department at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, where I teach introductory and upper-level physics courses and do research with undergraduates in acoustics and ultrasonics. I am also a member of Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society and serve as our chapter’s advisor.
At Kettering, students alternate between school and co-op terms, and as such, we actually have two separate A and B chapters that also alternate between quarters. I have had the pleasure to serve as the faculty advisor for both chapters since starting at Kettering in 2011. During that period, we received 2 Outstanding Chapter Awards, 10 Distinguished Chapter Awards, 2 Chapter Research Awards, and 1 Blake Lilly Award. We also have had multiple students serve as Associate Zone Councilors. Recent chapter activities have included a popular cardboard boat regatta, outreach activities at the Flint Children’s Museum, and the successful construction, launch, and recovery of a weather balloon, which reached well into the stratosphere (35 km!).