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Professor Patterson

Teaching, Research, Service and Leadership

in a university setting

I am an Associate 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.


Aluminum cylinder near melting point in thermal evap chamber



Plamsa Processing

  • Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD)

  • Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD)

  • Plasma Etching

  • Magnetron Sputtering

  • Ion and Electron Energy Distributions

  • Plasma Diagnostics (Langmuir and emissive probes)

  • Feedback Control and Tailored Voltage Waveforms


  • Nanocluster Materials Properties

  • Nanomagnetism

  • Magnetic Filtration

Materials Characterization

  • Optical, Electron, and Probe Microscopies

  • Hardness and Tensile Testing

Materials Manufacturing

  • Controlled Environments (Cleanrooms)

  • Semiconductor and Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing

  • Vacuum Technology

2000 - 2005

University of Wisconsin - Madison

PhD, Materials Science

1997 - 2000

University of Wisconsin - Madison

MS, Materials Science

1993 - 1996

University of Florida

BS, Physics

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