Graduates report that Juniata's interactive and attentive method of teaching and liberal arts philosophy gave them an advantage over their peers in graduate school and professionally.
A couple of graduates each year, on average, enter the teaching profession, while other graduates head to graduate school or into industrial positions. Physics students have been accepted into graduate programs across the country including:
- Case Western Reserve University
- University of Arizona
- University of Rochester
- The Pennsylvania State University
- The Ohio State University
Graduates also have used their physics education as stepping stones into medical school, engineering programs, information technology, and environmental science.
Our Recent Graduates in Physics and Engineering
William Phillips '70 is the winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics, for his work in advancing basic knowledge and new techniques to chill atoms to extremely low temperatures.
Alex Barnes '10 is currently in graduate school pursuing a doctorate in physics. "I started in the fall of 2010 at the University of Connecticut," Alex says. "Juniata's physics department helped my career by giving me teaching experience both as a lab teaching assistant and as a personal tutor which has greatly helped with TA responsibilities as a graduate student. The experiences I had at Juniata have allowed me to be more comfortable speaking in front of a large group of students and have helped me develop my skill at teaching others. Currently I'm looking into doing research with a group that builds detectors for particle accelerators. The group is building detectors for a new accelerator in the Jefferson Lab called Gluex which is under construction and won't be completed for another few years."
Sarah Bender '07 is pursuing her doctorate in nuclear engineering at Penn State. She is supported by a nuclear forensics fellowship.
Nicholas Bauer ’12 is pursuing his graduate degree at NOVA Southwestern University.
Acacia J. Brunett ’07 is currently pursuing her doctorate in nuclear engineering at The Ohio State University. In August 2012, she completed her master's degree in the same subject, also at OSU. After she completes her Ph.D., she hopes to earn a position at a national lab or at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Tucker Dietrich ’07 is currently working as a material control analyst for A.A.I., a subsidiary of Textron, Inc.Dan D’Orazio ’09 has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Columbia University, following a year on a Fulbright Fellowship.
Abby Hinkle '05 currently teaches integrated science and algebra at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fl. She is also an assistant varsity volleyball coach for the men's and women's teams. Jamie White and Jim Borgardt were her Juniata mentors.
Jason Lee Hoover ’08 is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Engineering Design and Innovation (EDI) at Northwestern University. The program is meant to give students the tools for conducting proper human-centered design (HCD) in order to address the needs of real people. In this program, he’s focusing on applying design concepts to sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Jason also graduated from Penn State’s Engineering Science and Mechanics honors program, part of Juniata’s engineering cooperation with Penn State University.William D. Houser ’10 is pursuing a career as an air force officer working in intelligence.
Lindsey Jones '05 teaches physics at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore, Md. She became a physics teacher because she loved the projects and labs she explored while at Juniata. Before she came to Eastern Tech, she taught at Milford Mill Academy and Pikesville High School. She plans to teach "forever."
Eben Pendleton ’07 is an environmental engineer with Anchor QEA, a national consulting company. He recently completed his master’s degree in environmental engineering.
Justin Schultz ’08 is pursuing his doctorate at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. This follows a Fulbright Fellowship at the Australian National University during which Justin worked in a physics research lab studying ultracold atoms and nonlinear quantum optics. During his Juniata career, Justin enjoyed interning under Juniata alum and Nobel Laureate Bill Phillips at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Mike Wilson '09 is currently enrolled in Penn State's graduate program in acoustics. A Research Experience for Undergraduates at Coe College interested him in acoustics. His mentor at Juniata was Jamie White.
Research and Industry
- Scientist and Nobel Prize recipient in Physics (1997), National Institutes of Standards and Technology
- Retired engine designer and inventor of the "Hemi" engine, Chrysler Corporation, General Electric Locomotive
- Research Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
- Senior Technical Staff member, IBM Microelectronics
- Director, Information Systems, Praxis Biologics
- President, Unitech Associates
- President, Sesco Corporation
- Product Manager, AMP Inc.
- Manager of Nuclear Science, Southern California Edison
- Advisory Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corp.
- Project Engineer, Strobic Air Corp.
- Electrical Engineer, Duke Power Co.
- Design Engineer, Universal Forest Products, Inc.
- Aerospace Engineer, The Boeing Corp.
- Radiological Engineer, Bartlett Nuclear
- Professor of Physics, Penn State University
- Associate Professor of Physics, Lafayette College
- Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, York College
- Associate Professor, University of Alabama
- Professor of Health Sciences, University of Arizona
- Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
Training in Physics applied to related fields
- Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corp.
- Marketing and Sales Manger, MRC Specialty Bearings
- Chief Technology Officer, Certeon Inc.
- Cost Estimator, Ford Motor Company
- Investment Banker, Sandy Spring Bank
- Optometrist, American Optometric Association