Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Series

Next Seminar

Thurs, April 23, 2015

Curtis Castrapel - Facebook
Henry Garcia - Pixar Animation Studios
Vickie Brandt - State of California
Sac State Alumni

"Alumni Industry Panel" 

Physics departments around the country are commonly asked the following question:  "What can I do with a degree in physics?" The resounding, although not all that entirely helpful, answer is, "Anything you want!"  Even though it is often thought of as the path everyone takes, only about 40% of bachelors graduates in physics move immediately to graduate school in physics.  Another quarter go to graduate school in another discipline.  The remaining graduates are in the workforce.  Their jobs are in the private sector, schools, and the government.  Most, but not all, are in a STEM field (including engineering and computer/information systems).  Sacramento State Physics Alumni Vickie Brandt, Curtis Castrapel, and Henry Garcia are three relatively recent graduates working in positions that one might not immediately think about with a background in physics.  They will participate in a panel discussion about what they learned with their physics degree, how it has helped them in their careers, and give some guidance on finding opportunities with your physics degree.

The Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Series is open to all members of the university. Unless otherwise noted, talks are held on Thursday afternoons at 4:00-5:20 in Mendocino 1015. Schedule is regularly updated as dates, titles, and abstracts are received. Please check back often. To receive updates about the Colloquium Series, please join our Events Mailing List. For past semesters' series, see our archive.

Spring 2015 Semester Schedule

February 5, 2015
Dr. Seth Hillbrand
Sacramento State
"Sub-millimeter Cosmology and the Origins of the Universe"

February 10, 2015 (Tuesday)
Dr. Michael Ray
Union College
"The Super World of Superfluids"

February 12, 2015
Dr. Nathan Dawson
Case Western Reserve University
"Manipulating Light with Organics: Emitters, Harvesters, and More..."

February 26, 2015
Dr. Zachary Smith
UC Davis
"Measure Smarter Not Harder:  Optical Instrumentation for Measurement of Human Blood"

March 3, 2015 (Tuesday)
Dr. Tia Miceli
New Mexico State
"Uncovering Neutrino Mysteries using Liquid Argon"

March 5, 2015
Dr. Mikkel Jensen
Harvard University
"Probing Mechanics of Intracellular Networks Using Model Systems"

March 12, 2015
Dr. Samantha Fonseca
UC Davis
"Imaging the Structure of Molecules Using Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distribution (MFPADs)"

April 2, 2015
Dr. Nicolas Douguet
UC Davis
"Electron-impact Induced Chemistry in Plasmas, Astrophysics and Biophysics"

April 9, 2015
Thor Barrera
"The Dynamic Theory of Reluctance Accelerators"
Robby Beard
"Experiment and Design of a Reluctance Accelerator"
Sacramento State Senior Project Talks

April 16, 2015
Prof. Jennie Guzman
California State University, East Bay
"Search for Violations of the Spin Statistics Theorem with Ultra-cold Strontium Atoms"

April 23, 2015
Curtis Castrapel - Facebook
Henry Garcia - Pixar Animation Studios
Vickie Brandt - Radiological Health Branch (State of CA)
Alumni Industry Panel

May 7, 2015
Senior Project Talks

May 14, 2015
Senior Project Talks