I am a PhD physicist, mathematician and electrical engineer. I have taught physics, mathematics, engineering and electronic instrumentation at the university, community college and high school level. For instruction in the university, I used the flipped classroom method (i.e. students are given videos to watch as homework. In class instruction is quick review of the main points of the videos. The majority of my time is spent helping students apply the material. The instruction is one on one. All my teaching materials: homework, lectures problems and solutions are uploaded to the web and accessible by students. This method of instruction have been proven very successful. For more information on the flipped classroom model, please do a Google search on the method.
I have been teaching since the mid 80s.
Normally my classes have about 30 students attending.
On average using my method of instruction, 90% of my students earn a grade of an A or B.
I am a consulting scientist and engineer. So, my instruction is practical and trains students for jobs in the real world. Normally I require my students to do a term project in mathematical modeling and simulation. Students apply what they are learning to real live engineering situations.
PhD (Nov. 1999) in Atomic, molecular and optical physics from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI. Adviser Michael Renn PhD. Dissertation: Laser Guidance of Mesoscale Particles.
MS (May 1995) in Nuclear physics from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. Adviser Joseph E. Finck PhD. Thesis: A Light Ion Focal Plane Multiwire Detector.
BS (May 1990) in Physics & Mathematics from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
AS (May 1988) in Physics & Chemistry from West Shore Community College, Scottville, MI.
Cerf. (Nov 1979) in Electronics & Communications Technology from RETS Electronic Schools, Wyoming, MI.
Physicist & Engineer (1999-present). Keweenaw Nanoscience Center, Ellensburg, WA.
Developing tabletop nanomanufacturing system, to directly pattern a substrate with nanoparticles of metals, semiconductors, dielectric and biomolecules, with nanometer resolution.
The system is based on my dissertation work to develop a serial, laser writing nanomanufacturing process.
System uses sub-wavelength optics, to improve resolution.
Performed preliminary research to develop nanorobots for a nano medical imaging system.
Wrote proposal ( Proposal for a Vascular Cartographic Scanning Nanomedical Imaging Device) to fund project.
Used ball milling process to produce nanoparticles.
Currently researching the use of ink jet printing to produce RFID tags.
Nanofabrication techniques can be used to develop projects for the sustainability program.
Physicist & Engineer (2006-present). Superior Alternative Energies, Laurium, MI.
Developing 10 kW vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) for home/business markets.
Modeled and simulated VAWT using Matlab to calculate rotor size, rotational speed and power output.
Built prototype rotor and tested its operation at different wind speeds.
Designing NdFeB (Neodyminum) permanent magnet generator to produce 3-phase power.
Developing PEM fuel cell that uses a nanostructured catalyst to increase energy efficiency.
Developing high efficiency, flexible, low cost. printable solar cells.
Visiting Assistant Physics Professor (8/02-5/03). Tennessee Tech University, Cookville, TN.
Initiated interdisciplinary nanotechnology research at the university.
Coauthored NSF NIRT proposal to develop a direct writing nanolithography process, incorporating a self-assembling polymer template.
Developed piezoelectric nano surface machining process.
Coauthored several journal articles with colleagues and graduate students that were submitted for publication.
Supervised nanotechnology research projects of several graduate students, including a research on using nano coatings on artificial hip joints to extent the life of the prosthesis.
Audited a MEMS development course (Textbook: MEMS & Microsystems Design and Manufacturing by Tai-Ran Hsu). Used MEMS development software and multiple physics software to design MEMS projects.
Audited a rapid manufacturing course (Lecture notes provide by Dr. Mark Jackson, currently at Purdue University).
Analyzed Biological samples in the microscopy lab using a Quanta environmental SEM and a EDAX mass spectrometer made by FEI Company.
Research Scientist & Graduate Student ( 6/96-11/99). Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.
Developed computer models and ran simulations of laser, optical forces, on nanoparticles inside hollow optical fibers.
Analyzed spectrum of nanoparticles particles in a 3D optical trap.
Patterned substrates with nanoparticles using laser guidance in hollow optical fibers.
Built tunable 780nm external cavity diode laser and electronic laser control circuitry.
Built magnetic-optical trap (MOT) to produce a cold atomic beam.
Built ultra low vacuum system to pump down the MOT.
Made metal parts for MOT in the machine shop.
Wrote dissertation: Laser Guidance of Mesoscale Particles.
Graduate Research Assistant (1992-95) at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI and at the National Super-conducting Cyclotron, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI.
Built nuclear particle, multiwire, gas detector for giant nuclear resonance experiment.
Used detector in experiments at Michigan State and GANIL Labs, Caen France.
Collected data for future analysis.
Wrote thesis: A Light Ion Focal Plane Multiwire Detector.
Systems Engineer (1985-86). BIF Accutel (Division of General Signals), Camarillo, CA.
Designed supervisory control data acquisition(SCDA) systems.
Wrote ladder logic to control the SCDA systems.
Built SCDA systems for Chicago, Dallas and others smaller cities.
Electrical Engineer (1983-85). California Amplifier, Camarillo, CA.
Designed low noise block down converter (LNBC) for satellite TV systems.
Modeled/simulated LNBC with Touchstone microwave CAD software.
Designed electrical filters to shape response of LNBC.
Used Smith charts and s-parameters to design Bipolar and FET amplifiers.
Designed oscillator and mixer.
Analyzed prototype with a HP network analyzer.
Electrical Engineer (1981-83). Phelps Dodge Communications, Phoenix, AZ.
Designed electronic instrumentation to monitor RF power output and VSWR (voltage standing wave ratio) of communication systems.
Engineering Technician (1981). Goodyear aerospace, Goodyear, AZ.
Worked on various classified counter measure and counter-counter measure projects.
Engineering technician (1979-81). Rockwell Collins, Cedar rapids, IA.
Built and tested antenna tuner for frequency hoping communications system.
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA (10/14- 6/16) Adjunct professor of mathematics & physics. Courses taught: Finite math; Calculus I & II; Precalculus I & II; and University physics I.
Washington State University, Richland, WA (1/14-5/14). Adjunct professor, I taught a graduate course in nanoengineering. The course covered the following topics: Quantum Mechanics; Statistical Mechanics; Nanotools; Organic Chemistry; Top Down and Bottom Up Nanomanufacturing; Solid State Physics and applications of nanomaterials in nanostructured materials and semiconductors.
Washington State University, Richland, WA (10/11-5/12). Adjunct professor of physics, teaching engineering and algebra based physics lecture and lab courses. This semester (Spring 2012), labs focused on optics, laser optics, electricity & magnetism, and electronic circuits.
Columbia Basin Community College, Pasco, WA (9/10 – 5/14). Adjunct Instructor in the Math & Science Department. Courses taught: university physics (calculus based); intermediate algebra; statistics ; Precalculus II, Business Calculus; ordinary & partial differential equations; and multivariable calculus.
Big Bend Community College, Moses lake, WA (9/10 – 3/11). Adjunct Instructor, Math/Science Department. Taught beginning algebra.
Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI (5/9/08-6/15/10). Adjunct Assistant professor (Physics department). I am a consultant on a NSF grant with Michigan Tech. I teach a entrepreneur/ business planning/economics course to the nanotechnology enterprise students. The course trains students how to start nanotechnology businesses.
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, Baraga, MI (8/07-1/10). Courses taught: All math courses including basic math, beginning algebra, intermediate algebra and college algebra. The college algebra course focuses on modeling, simulation and curve fitting.
Tennessee Tech University, Cookville, TN (8/02-5/03). Courses taught: Nanotechnology, astronomy labs, physics labs.
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI (1/97-5/01). Courses taught: College physics, electronics instrumentation for physicist.
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI (1/00-5/00). Courses taught: College physics, physical science.
Mid Michigan Community College, Mt. Pleasant, MI (1/95-6/96). Courses taught: Calculus for business majors.
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. (1992-95). Courses taught: Introductory electronics, college physics labs.
Michigan State University, Lansing, MI (1994-96). Courses taught: managed lab for self study physics program; physics labs.
NSF study session: Reviewed proposals on micro and nano-structured materials.
Currently working with a design team on the design of a shallow-well , injection geothermal energy system for a client in the middle east. Also working on other innovative RF/microwave project with multiple applications. Using Sagemath and Mathcad for mathematical moceling. (Jam 2013-present).
Quinn Aerospace, Valencia, CA (August 09-present) Computational fluid dynamics calculation (cfd) of innovative jet propulsion system. Initially hired as a consultant, I was then asked to be the PI on the project. Project is currently on going.
Irwin Naturals, Los Angeles, CA (May 2009). Contracted to perform electromagnetic, finite element analysis (FEA) and simulation of a power generation system.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (July 2001). Contracted to eliminate noise in a MEMS resonator biosensor used to detect water contamination.
Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP), Murfreesbro, Tennessee (May 2003). Project: Development high resolution ultrasonic spectrometer to identify medicines inside a prescription bottle.
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Science (IGPS), University of California, Riverside (December 1999). Contracted to determine problem with resolution of X-ray/gamma ray detectors.
CECON & Fireman's Fund McGee (April 2005). Contracted to inspect damage antenna system, designed for the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to determine how the accident happen, who was at fault and what equipment was recoverable.
Contracted (2001) to investigate single car, fatal accident of a defendant accused of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Testified for defense as expert witness in physics, auto mechanics and motion analysis.
Contracted (2004) to examine the scientific evidence, in a child abuse case.
PLC & Drive course. Programming and controlling SCADA systems, using various sensors (including optical sensors), to control the operations of motors. Inland Northwest Industrial Training, Newman Lake, WA, 4/4/2014.
Project Management Course (self study), Text: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Project Management 4th ed. By G. Michael Campbell, PMP, and Sunny Baker, PhD. Software: Open Project, March 2011.
Marketing Research For Small Businesses, A Seminar for METEC SmartZone Clients, John Bassler, PhD, President Know/Go NPD LLC, May 10 2007.
Export Control Briefing: Technology Controls, Michigan Technological University, Terence Murphy, O.B.E & Steven C. Goldman, PhD, Mk Technology, April 30 2007.
International Trade and Export Assistance, Michigan Tech University, Advance Technology Development Complex, July 2006.
Equity Investment Strategies, Michigan Tech University, Advance Technology Development Complex, July 2006.
Successful Government Contracting, Biotechnology Business Consultants, July 2006.
SBIR/STTR 101 General Program Overview, Biotechnology Business Consultants, Michigan Tech University, Advance Technology Development Complex, July 2006.
SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation, Biotechnology Business Consultants, Michigan Tech University, Advance Technology Development Complex, July 2006.
Commercialization Planning, Biotechnology Business Consultants, Michigan Tech University, Advance Technology Development Complex, July 2006.
Marketing basics, Biotechnology Business Consultants, Michigan Tech University, Advance Technology Development Complex, July 2006.
SBIR/STTR Workshop, Grants: How to Get Funded, Biotechnology Business Consultants,
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Jun 2003.
Professional Sales Skills For Manufactures, Constant Training & Northern Michigan University, Houghton, MI, Jul 2002.
Business Planning Seminar, Center for Technology Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Michigan Tech University, Feb 2002.
Grant Writing Mini-Course, GrantStreet, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments,
Traverse City, MI, Jan 2002.
Michigan Small Tech Advisory Board- Duties are to provide strategic guidance to the Michigan Small Tech Association (MISTA) on MEMS and nanotechnology for economic development in the State of Michigan.
Fellow World Innovation Foundation 12 August 2005.
Note: List of publications have been removed because it contains my name.
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