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I am a Physics Professor who has been doing physics and materials related research since 1996 and has taught at the university level since 2004.  I value cooperative research experiences with undergraduate students, industrial colleagues and professors at Stout and other universities.  I teach to empower students to hack, make, and monitor technology so that it is safe and good for people and the environment.  I employ physics education research findings in my pedagogy, and push the envelope from there.


Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium
7.22.19 - 7.23.19
Materials Science & Technology
9.28.19 - 10.3.19
  Society of Vacuum Coaters Tech Con 2020
4.18.20 - 4.23.20
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American Society of Engineering Education
6.21.20 - 6.24.20



Millions of tons of pre-consumer fibrous material waste are placed in landfills each year in the US.  I'm characterizing some types for reuse in commercially viable applications.

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I received a research fellowship in  spring 2019 to work on the open vacuum hardware project.  I hope to print vacuum hardware (or pre-molds to cast it), helping to democratize vacuum technology industries.

Dr. Marcia Miller-Rodeberg and I are learning about the skills high school graduates possess.  We hope to improve access to educational opportunities for UW-Stout students interested in STEM disciplines.