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Charles Dresser

2011

In Electrical Engineering Graduate Program at Sac State.

Currently working as a Junior Specialist at the McClellan Nuclear Research Center.

Darren Steele

2010

BS Chemsitry, In Chemistry PhD program at Texas A&M

I am currently in College Station, TX at Texas A&M University pursuing a PhD in chemistry. I am working in Dr. Tadhg Begley's group conducting research in mechanistic enzymology with emphasis on vitamin and natural product biosynthesis.

Lisa (Heldreth) Winters

2009

In Sac State Single Subject Credential Program

Now working on single subject teaching credentials in the credentialing program at CSU Sacramento. Plan to teach high school physics.

Mark Kerfoot

2008

UC Merced
UC Davis, B.A. Int'l Relations

Currently working towards my PhD in Physics at UC Merced.

Rob Custodio

2008

 

I am currently working as a Health Physicist for the State of California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch. After graduation, I completed a temporary appointment as a Research Assistant for the Cosmology group in UCD's Physics Department helping with computer simulations of deep optical and IR surveys of massive galaxy clusters. I also had the honor of instructing Physics 11C lab for a semester as well as helping to develop the Introductory Astronomy lab before joining the State.

Philip Jackson

2008

 

Pursing Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at UC Santa Cruz with Dr. Ali Shakouri. Researching renewable energy, thermoelectric characterization of new materials, and beginning research on concentrated solar power project (CSP).

Victoria Brandt

2007

 

I am currently working for the California Department of Public Health, in the Radiologic Assessment Unit of the Radiologic Health Branch. This unit is responsible for making radiological assessments in the environment, around nuclear power plants and in decommissioned radiologic sites around the state.

Josh Kline

2007

UC Davis,
MS in Applied Science

Conducting independent research and looking for permanent employment.

David Stafford

2006

UC Davis,
MS in Applied Science

California Teacher Credential Candidate expecting to be complete 5/10.

Curtis Castrapel

2006

CSU Fullerton,
MS in Software Engineering

I'm now working as an IT Security Administrator at Blizzard Entertainment and obtaining my MS degree in Software Engineering at CSU Fullerton.

Benjamin Topham

2006

Princeton

Working towards Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at Princeton.

Amy Jones

2005

Texas A&M

Currently in a PhD program at Texas A&M University.

Eliza Morris

2005

Harvard

Working towards Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Harvard after finishing a Fulbright Fellowship in Denmark.

Christopher Ray

2005

I spent my first 18 months in the Air Force as a Tactical Data Links Test Engineer. I then went on to sit back seat in F-15s for two years testing upgrades. Now I am about to graduate from the Electronic Warfare School and fly B-52s.

Henry Garcia

2005

Berkeley
MS in Physics

After a terrific four years at Sac State, I earned a Masters in Physics in the Zettl Group. I currently work as an animator at Pixar Studios.

Jason E. Ybarra

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2004

San Francisco State,
MS in Physics,
2006

After working as a lecturer at Sac State for two years, Jason has started the PhD program in Astronomy at University of Florida.

Adam Garland

 

2004

San Francisco State

Working towards MS in Astrophysics at San Francisco State.

John Schreiner

 

2002

Sac State

Completing an MSc in Computer Science. I am currently employed as an Information Technology Analyst.

Danny Stratton

2001

MS in Management Information Systems

I am currently a lead computer programmer for the State of California. I sometimes miss physics but have managed to fit it in periodically by reading physics books and viewing the stars (and planets) through my 8" reflector. Maybe some day I will return to the field for my Ph.D. in computational physics - who knows!!

Andy Kotko

 

2000

Multiple Subject Credential

I've moved to the other end of the spectrum - I teach kindergarten and 1st grade and absolutely love it. You can bet my class is the only one where kids race each other while spelling "thermodynamics" (and they can give a pretty good explanation for what it means.) I'll always have fond memories of the "physics lounge!"

Peter Frinchaboy

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2000

Virginia,
Ph.D. in Astronomy,
2006

Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Texas Christian University (TCU)

Mike Farnham

1998

Optical Technician at Sacramento State.

Mike Strong

 

1997

MS in Security and Safety Engineering

 

Chris Jackson

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1996

UC Davis,
MBA

Attended UC Davis Department of Applied Science, but left before completing degree to take an engineering job at Intel Corp. in 1997. Held positions in design, quality, product and fabrication engineering. Returned to graduate school at UC Davis Graduate School of Business. Went on to hold positions at Intel Corp in wireless, mobile and corporate computing in marketing and in strategy.

I left Intel in 2007 to found Rowy networks to fulfill an unmet strategic objective of Intel. Rowy currently partners with Intel in this endeavor.

Sylvia Stork

 

1994

 

Currently, I am the Water-Quality data manager for the U.S. Geological Survey, California Water Science Center.

Michael Wickett

1994

UC Davis,
Ph.D. in Applied Science,
1999

Since 1999, I've been a computational physicist with the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Linda Muzzey

 

1992

 

Had a brief stint teaching physics at the Navy's Nuclear Power School.  Currently a high school physics teacher.

Mary Ellen Niedzielski

 

1992

Sac State,
BA in Liberal Studies

Technical Trainer at Agilent Technologies, developing curricula for and teaching a proprietary programming language, system administration, and configuration/performance/fault management software for the telecom industry.

Michael Ocasio

 

1991

M.Sc

Chief Physicist
HIMA San Pablo Caguas Center for Cancer & Robotic Radiosurgery
100 Avenida Luis Munoz Marin
Caguas, Puerto Rico  00727

Ray Wogec

1990

Currently working for Navy at NAVSEA Crane Indiana.

Nathan Phillips

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1989

Duke,
Ph.D.,
1997

Although I now study and teach about the biophysics of plants and ecosystems at Boston University, I continue to draw heavily off the excellent training I received in physics from Sacramento State. I would enjoy catching up with fellow students from Sac State Physics in the mid-late 1980s.

Kathy (Pori) Keehan

 

1987

MS in Environmental Health Sciences

These days I've strayed quite a ways from the world of physics - I'm the executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. It's a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to making bicycling better in San Diego. But not to worry - I still use the information I learned in the Sacramento State physics department! I have nothing but fond memories of my time at Sac State and I hope everyone there now gets as thorough an education and has as wonderful a time as I did.

Irene Petrasek

1984

After graduating, worked at the Jet Propulsion Lab. Died in 1990 due to injuries sustained from a hit and run. Still missed dearly by those that were close to her. May she rest peacefully in the arms of the beloved.

Grace (Giachetti) Miazza

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1983

Currently working at the Joint Personnel Recover Agency as an engineer, part of the Joint Staff J7. Worked on Star Wars in the late '80, primarily the space based laser. Went to Barbara Brennan School of Healing and enjoy working with and exploring the human energy field. My experience at Sac State (working in the machine shop, the extensive lab experience) prepared me in ways no other school I have heard of could have. Excellent program.

D. L. Robinson

1979

Have enjoyed working on several DOD projects over the years. Currently working for The Boeing Company, Operations Analysis, Modeling and Simulation group in Seattle. Also busy studying Mandarin, and watching my four daughters and two grandchildren grow and learn while prepare for "retirement" and try to keep up with the world around me.

James Mc Granahan

 

1978

Sac State,
MA in Education

Been teaching as a Lecturer with the Sac State Physics Dept since 1981. Concurrently I taught with the San Juan School district for 13 years in their independent study program. Member of Sigma Pi Sigma.

John Pleines

 

1978

 

After Sac State, spent 20+ years with TRW tending to computer systems- operating systems, drivers and hardware. I cut my eye teeth on the PDP-11 the department acquired in 77/78. The last 7 years at a company building airborne computer systems. I credit the problem solving and analytical skills I picked up in the physics department with my successes. Lots of great memories. Thanks.

Patrick Briggs

 

1975

University of Kansas, Ph.D. (Space Physics), 1981

Still Associate Professor of Physics at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.  Taught College Physics from a textbook by some Urone fella...  I was not particularly surprised to find out that Joe Dewitt is in a band.

Joe DeWitt

 

1975

MBA

Currently with Raytheon Vision Systems, Goleta CA as Program Engineering Supervisor. Participate as, and Lead group of, engineering managers on DOD and Space Focal Plane Programs. Prior career adventures: Electro-Optical IR,/Visible/Laser test equipment, environmental monitoring satellites, novel water treatment technologies, medical and automotive sensors development, space deployed antenna development. Most fascinating career physics problem: lasing with water molecules. Avocation: 50s & 60's rock 'n roll band www.captaincardiac.com.

Kenneth Kitlas

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1975

BA, Chemistry

I went on to grad school at the University of Nevada Reno, transferred back to CSUS in electrical engineering MS program. I then moved to Silicon Valley. I have worked for a number of companies on a wide range of engineering jobs. These included military, space, commercial, and medical. I am currently involved in designing medical electronics and devices.

Pauline Chan

 

1975

Robin Evans

 

1972

UC Davis,

MA, Ph.D.

I work with the Natural Space Environments group at the Jet Propulsion Lab. This is part of the Reliability Engineering office. We get to use existing spacecraft data to produce models of the environments (radiation belts, solar storms, meteor flux, etc.) for mission design. We also produce space weather reports for missions in critical phases such as orbit insertion, planetary landings, and whacking comets.

Michael R. Smith

 

1970

 

I'm retired and loving it.  Life is a seven day weekend.  The youngest instructor I had was Michael Shea.  Is he still with the Department?  I imagine he is retired as well (Note: Michael Shea retired a couple of years ago but is still active in our Teacher Preparation Program).

Michael Richardson

 

1969

UC Davis,

MA in Physics

I am currently chair of the Physics/Astronomy/Geology department at Sacramento City College.

Thomas Daniel Christensen

1968

Retired 2011, Broadband Telecommunications Engineer, Telalaska, Inc.

Robert Steel

 

1953

 

Course of study:  Physical Science Career profession: Reg Civil Engineer State of California Current Status: Retired 1991