I started my professional career after grad school by working in the mass spectrometer design industry for 5 years. I then transitioned into the world of mass-spec users by joining the Materials Characterization Lab in 1990 as a SIMS analyst. Since then, I have had the privilege of growing professionally and personally within an organization whose scope and impact has steadily increased. The challenging, dynamic, and collaborative environment of the Penn State MCL has always provided fertile ground for the inquisitive and problem-solving sides of my personality. I am energized by the challenges of teaching future generations how to do good science, and the blend of academic and industrial environments at the MCL forces me to stay grounded in real-world issues and their solutions.
Outside of work, I am very active with my nuclear and extended families, and with my church community. Relationships with these people occupy the bulk of my time not associated with work, and it is often difficult to get some much-needed "alone time". It has been challenging to manage the steadily increasing busyness of life, but I have fortunately been surrounded by good people both at work and at home. Somehow, things go reasonably well..........most of the time.
MS, Physics, The Pennsylvania State University
BS, Physics, DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES), Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (SEM/EDX), Optical Profilometry
Outside the lab, my favorite recreational activities revolve around boating on Lake Raystown with my family. My favorite hobby is discussing topics at the intersection of psychology, spirituality, and religion. Other fun activities include, hiking, camping, radio control airplanes, hunting, and fixing things... ...especially cars.
Office: N-002 MSC