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We all have stories to tell of accomplishments, civic activities, academic activities, honors won, promotions, publications, and career changes. Below are just a few of the impacts Sigma Pi Sigma alumni have had on their communities.

University of Illinois at Chicago 

Mustafa Khan, 1989
Khan recently published his second book, Musings of a Neurologist. It is a collection of papers on theoretical physics and mathematic neurology.

Georgian Court University
Amy Applegate, 2013
Applegate recently finished her first year of teaching Physics First at Mt. Olive High School in Flanders, New Jersey.

Photo by Julie Powell.Stephen F. Austin State University
William Lee Powell, Jr., 1997
Powell began a new career a year ago, in July 2016, leaving a faculty/planetarium position at the University of Nebraska Kearney to become an associate dean of academic affairs at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He misses research and being in the classroom but enjoys the challenge of administration, particularly at this rapidly growing (and already quite large), well-respected two-year college.

Photo courtesy of Kentucky Academy of Sciences, University of Louisville.Murray State University
Dylan R. Stewart, 2017
Stewart graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Engineering Physics in May 2017 and started his PhD research at the University of Florida in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is working on image segmentation algorithms for better understanding the seafloor.

Utah State University
James Sainz, 2013
Sainz received his MS in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is now teaching physics and calculus at The Loomis Chaffee School.

Manhattan College
Joe Bassi, 1974
Bassi recently published his book, A Scientific Peak: How Boulder Became a World Center for Space and Atmospheric Science, through the American Meteorological Society Press (2015). The work explains the process from the 1930s to 1950s by which Boulder went from a small college town in the foothills of the Rockies to an international center for science.

Photo by Randy Barth.Drexel University
John Degnan, 1967
Degnan was elected a 2017 Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and also joined the OSA Traveling Lecturers program. In April he gave an invited lecture on satellite laser ranging and its applications for the OSA affiliate in Rochester, New York, and a lecture on single photon lidars (SPLs) used to rapidly generate wide-area, high-resolution, 3D topographic and bathymetric maps from an aircraft at rates up to 6 million pixels per second.

Photo courtesy of Kathryn Hollowood.Roberts Wesleyan College

Kathryn Hollowood, 2015
Hollowood started last fall as a graduate student working towards a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. She is a research assistant in Dr. Juergen Hahn’s Systems Biology group. Her research involves applying statistical methods to data involving patients on the autism spectrum versus their neurotypical peers in an effort to better understand the disorder.


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