I am a physicist who loves to share my fascination with the subject through teaching. In my research, I study the properties of unusual materials like carbon nanotubes, graphene, spin liquids, and positronium. My academic interests extend to all of physics, as well as mathematics, computer science, economics, and philosophy.
I earned a B.A. in physics and astronomy from DePauw University, where I was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After college, I spent a year as a newspaper reporter before I went on to graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania. My undergraduate education instilled in me a strong appreciation for the liberal arts, and my experience as a reporter and a physicist showed me the value of a broad education, even in a field as technical as theoretical solid state physics. I see the Honors Program as a way to share the core values of a liberal arts education with students at Oregon Tech.