Argonne National Labs: I spent a semester and a summer during 1990 working at Argonne National Labs on High Tc Superconductors. I was entirely a lab monkey, running sample after sample in the sputtering system, tweaking oxygen content and trying to make good thermal contact. I really must thank Dr. Ken Gray for his patience. And thanks also to Dr. Jeremy Grace who proved a good guy, despite my best efforts. The other REU students made the experience unique and supremely enjoyable. Donovan, Lara, Helen, and the rest.
Cornell Supercomputing Center: Spent a great summer learning to program in parallel/vectorized FORTRAN on an IBM 3090 way back in 1989. I worked with Dr. Bill Schwalm who was a brilliant if demanding instructor.
Rice University: MS Applied Physics Thesis: Broadband UV Light Generated via Sum Frequency Mixing
Dr. Naomi Halas: My advisor at Rice.
Graduate School Again
Dr. Alan Cheville: My advisor at OSU. We were grad students together under Dr. Halas at Rice University before my departure into military service.
REAL LIFE--Case study and team learning approach to teaching engineering.
High Paying Industry Job
Not going to name names. Advice: When you go to work for a company, find out if there is a product and how much of the company income is from the product.
Postdoc at LANL
Los Alamos National Laboratory: I have steadily been going to lower and lower frequencies, but New Mexico is great.