Alumni News

Mark Troike, M.S. in Physics 1996 under Brett DePaola, is currently working as a software engineer and Oracle database administrator for a software company in Dayton Ohio. He is responsible for design and implementation of new software features as well as being responsible for database design, implementation and support. He says that while a Physics degree has no direct relevance to our software (ATM management), the problem solving techniques taught in the discipline are of use on a daily basis.

Tracy N. Tipping is currently the Deputy Radiation Safety Officer at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mahtab Ullah is a lecturer in physics in B. Z. University, Multan, Pakistan. He is working with a research group on " Ab-initio Calculations , atomistic modeling of materials"

Steven L. Silva graduated from Kansas State University in 1997 with a B.S. in Physics. He continued his education at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He started a research partnership with Dr. Fred Leibsle studying Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. He completed his studies in 1999 by earning a Master's in Physics from the University of Missouri. Immediately following his Master's degree he began working as a Process Engineer at Honeywell specializing in physical vapor deposition (PVD). He recently changed careers and is now working as a Process Engineer with Aixtron, a leading metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) company, specializing in compound semiconductors.

Mark Hjelmfelt graduated with a B.S. in 1969. He was Treasurer and President of S.P.S. He did graduate work at Purdue, served in the Air Force, recieved his M.S. in Meteorology from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1975,and his PhD from Dept. of the Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago in 1980. He worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research from 1980-1982 and 1983-1988, with a year at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Since 1988 he has been part of the faculty in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, serving as Department Chair 1997-1999.

His research interests are cloud processes, severe storms, influences of topography on clouds and precipitation, and the coupling of clouds and hydrology on the local scale. He has been involved in a number of field programs utilizing instrumented aircraft, research radars and other platforms, and has used complex numerical models to examine physical processes. He has taught a variety of upper-division and M.S. level courses. He has found many exciting physics problems in atmospheric science.

Howard A. Barnes graduated in 1962, with a B.S. For most of his career, he was involved in computer simulation of spacecraft or aircraft systems, trajectories, and flight dynamics. This required an understanding of mechanics and thermodynamics, and an ability to analyze various systems. "I always felt that my Physics education was the perfect foundation for a career in simulation." With some cutbacks in military projects, his career shifted somewhat in the 1990's. He is currently a full time graduate student in Computer Science, at the University of Tulsa. In June, 2001, he read a story, on the Internet, about a fellowship program, sponsored by the government. This program, known as Cyber Corps, is intended to produce computer security specialists, to defend against Internet hackers and terrorists. I will be serving an internship this summer, at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and, when he graduates next year, he will have a two year commitment to government service.

Roger Facklam graduated from KSU in 1976. He is currently working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon Annex, Washington, DC. He is working on the Airborne Laser program (Check BOEING Website under fighter aircraft) for the Ballistic Missile Defense Office (BMDO). They are installing a million-watt class laser on a 747 to kill ballistic missiles hundreds of miles away from the aircraft. After KSU he worked on the Voyager spacecraft team. He then went into the Air Force and completed an MS in Engineering Physics (Air Force Institute of Technology) and was a PhD Candidate in Laser optics (University of New Mexico). He is the sole inventor on three US Patents. He invented the laser clock accurate to 1 second in 10,000 years! He also invented a laser line narrowing system and an optical dispersion controller. His bio was included in 2000-2001 WHO'S WHO Science and Engineering and will also be included in the next edition. He is married and has two boys 3 and 11 years old.