Undergraduate Student Researcher
California State University, Fullerton
While working toward my BS in physics, I was also a member of Dr. Murtadha Khakoo's electron scattering laboratory. I was involved in typical tasks such as data acquisition and analysis, equipment control and calibration, and on-the-fly troubleshooting and problem resolution. I also held a very special position as the only physics student with full access to the campus machine shop. After training with the campus's only employed machinist, David Parsons, I fabricated an entire vacuum-friendly rotary table for the angular study of differential electron cross sections scattered off of various polyatomic targets. This is the time in my life when I truly found a passion for physics as a philosophy of discovery and understanding of the natural world. To view my publications that resulted from my time in this lab, please see my Publications list or my Curriculum Vitae.
Physics Education Research
I also worked with Dr. Michael Loverude on physics education research. I was in charge of interpreting and recording student responses on pedagogical-assessment quizzes. I would enter useful and relevant coded responses into a spreadsheet program for later statistical analysis.