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Director of SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma
I currently serve as the Director of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honors Society, were I support undergraduate physics and astronomy students, faculty, and departments across the US. I also continue to teach Physics at the University of Maryland and George Washington University. Before SPS, I was a tenured Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University where I focused on Nanoscience and NanoTechnology. Before teaching, I was was a National Research Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory within the Semiconductor Electronics Division where I worked as a Physicist staff scientist. I studied Organic Crystals and organic electronic devices. None of that would have been possible without my Ph.D. work in the Surface Science Group at the University of Maryland or my undergraduate degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Research: I am very interested in physics education and how molecular structure relates to electronic transport properties. Some materials include carbon allotropes, small organic molecules, quantum dots, topological insulators, and polymers. A personal passion as always been crystallization, island growth, and surface kinetics. Self organization and taking pretty pictures of really cool Physics are personal passions.
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American Institute of Physics
I work to make sure that physics and astronomy students are well served by the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honors society. By working with the American Institute of Physics (AIP), elected representatives of the societies, volunteers, and other organizations I strive to make sure every department and physics club is the best it can be. I also work on education projects and programs that support education initiatives and the entire physical sciences community. In short, my job is to work with the physics and astronomy community on matters of education, diversity, and inclusion to support faculty and students of all ages.