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Instructor of Physics and Engineering
Phone: (712) 722-6285
I graduated from Dordt College in December 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Electrical Emphasis.
From 2007 to 2016 I was employed at Interstates Engineering, where I performed power engineering analysis and design as well as project/construction management roles for projects across the United States and Internationally. I received my Professional Engineering Licensure in 2011 and I currently hold licensure in Iowa, Virginia, and Puerto Rico.
In 2016 I began a PhD program at the University of South Dakota, and have taught as a laboratory instructor in the department of Physics and Astronomy in Vermillion, SD. After completion of coursework in May 2018 I began work on my PhD thesis, which I am anticipating completion in May 2020. My research interests include theoretical motivations for Dark Matter particle candidates, of which I have published several peer-reviewed papers and presented results at conferences. In 2018 I had the priviledge to attend the PIRE-GEMADARC annual collaboration meeting in Xichang, China and summer school in Chengdu, China to discuss next generation high-purified Germanium Detector development for rare-event detection. I enjoy having Dordt University students assist with my research during the summer break through research and scholarship grants and throughout the school year through independent studies. I have a passion for relaying my excitement about the Physical world to wider audiences of scientific and non-scientific minds alike.
My wife, Danielle, and our three children (Charlie, Lily, and Thea who as of May 2019 are 5, 3, and 4 months, respectively) live in Sioux Center and enjoy the active community that surrounds Dordt University.