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Mohit Pradhan

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
 

Carol A. Preston

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Senior Accountant
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John Prineas

John P. Prineas, Ph.D.

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Director of Research Operations
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John’s research has a compound semiconductor materials and device focus. As an experimentalist, he does materials growth and fabrication, and studies properties such as carrier dynamics using ultrafast optical techniques. He is the departmental Director of Research Operations, associate editor at Optical Materials Express, and received the 2019 Research and Innovation Excellence Faculty/Staff Startup of the Year Award in 2019. He is developing new graduate courses in thin films and microfabrication science, and quantum optics.
Craig Pryor

Craig E. Pryor, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor
Craig Pryor is an Associate Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa. His research interests include theoretical condensed matter.
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Tharnier Puel De Oliveira, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Scholar
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Dr. Tharnier O. Puel's interests are in Theoretical Solid State Physics. He studied low-temperature physics in the subject of topological properties of matter. In the last years, he contributed to advances in non-equilibrium spin systems at zero temperature. Currently, he started his studies in optical transduction using cavities QED, at the University of Iowa.
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Salvatore Quaid

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Hunter Reaves

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Graduate Student
Hunter Reaves is working with Professor Casey DeRoo to investigate the applications of nanofabrication technologies in the field of x-ray instrumentation for the next generation of space-based telescopes. He is currently conducting a literature review of the state-of-the-art nanofabrication processes as a part of his Master’s project.
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Mary Hall Reno, Ph.D.

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Professor
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Reno's research is in theoretical particle physics with a focus on neutrino interactions and detection, for which she was recognized as a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Funded by the Department of Energy and NASA grants, her research exploits the connections between measurements in particle accelerator experiments and calculations of high energy interactions of cosmic rays and cosmic neutrinos.
Caroline Roberts

Caroline Anna Roberts, Ph.D.

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Graduate Mentor Program (GradMAP) Coordinator
Instructional Services Specialist
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Caroline received her BS in Physics from Sewanee: The University of the South and her MS in Physics and PhD in Astronomy from Georgia State University. In the University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy she is the Astronomy Laboratory Coordinator and Van Allen Observatories Manager, supervising the experience of undergraduate students taking Astronomy lab classes in the department and overseeing the operation of the department’s 17- and 20-inch telescopes used for labs, research, and outreach. She is also a co-coordinator of the department’s “Hawkeyes in Space” outreach program and the program advisor for GradMAP, the department graduate student peer-mentoring group.
Vincent Rodgers

Vincent G.J. Rodgers, Ph.D.

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Director of Graduate Studies
Professor
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Vincent G. J. Rodgers is Director of Graduate Studies and a Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa. His research interests include theoretical particle physics and string theory.
 

Marcia Rogers

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Research Support Specialist
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Lori Roller

Lori Roller

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Quality Assurance Manager
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Lori Roller is the Quality Assurance Manager for the Department of Physics and Astronomy and has the responsibility for determining the effectiveness of the Quality Management System (QMS) process and controls system for ISO 9001 and is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining quality standards, methods, instructions and planning on spaceflight projects and service centers. Her role is to facilitate the inspection and provide technical oversight to the manufacturing build and testing on mechanical, electronic components, assemblies, and products.
 

Suranga Ruhunusiri, Ph.D.

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Associate Research Scientist/Engineer
Suranga’s research interests include building detectors to characterize charged particles in planetary plasma environments, applying machine learning methods for characterization of planetary plasma environments, and investigating plasma turbulence in planetary and cometary environments.
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Himani Saraswat

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Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Student Advisory Committee Member
Himani Saraswat is interested in Condensed Matter and Material Physics. She will be working with Prof. Ravitej Uppu and Prof. Thomas Folland on the Quantum dots which involve characterization and fabrication of semiconductor materials.
 

Rhyan Sawyer, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar
 

Ianos Schmidt

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Senior Engineering Associate
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Katrina Schrock

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Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant
Katrina Schrock’s research interests cover the vast field of optics, with a focus of LEDs and laser measurements.  She has worked with Dr. John Prineas on the improvement of infrared LEDs.
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John Schweitzer, Ph.D.

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Professor Emeritus
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John W. Schweitzer is a Professor Emeritus in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa.
Jack Scudder

Jack Scudder, Ph.D.

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Professor Emeritus
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Jack D. Scudder is a Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa. His research interests include space plasma physics.
 

Sercan Sen

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Research Scientist/Engineer
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Andrea Shaevitz

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Senior Financial Analyst
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Punit Sharma

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Graduate Research Assistant
Punit is working on the High Luminosity upgrade of the Inner Tracker detector of the ATLAS experiment currently stationed at the Brookhaven National Lab. He also works on the exotic analysis based on the 2-Higgs doublet model where the pseudoscalar Higgs decays into the heavy CP even neutral Higgs and a Z boson using the run-2 data from the ATLAS experiment.  Punit got his bachelor's and master's degrees from IIT Kanpur. His master's project was on the quantum entanglement in the holographic conformal field theories.
David Sheets

David Sheets

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Principal Engineer
David is an engineer with both electrical / software design and systems engineering experience. He is currently working as the systems engineer for the TRACERS ACE instrument and cognizant for several of the subsystems thereof.
 

Sapna Shekhar, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar
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Han-Wen Shen, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar
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Han-Wen is interested in conducting space physics research with satellite and ground-based observations. His current research focuses on exploring the plasma dynamics around the Lunar environment.
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Yueguang Shi

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Graduate Research Assistant
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Yueguang Shi is interested in studying computational methods, especially first principle approaches to solid state systems. He is working with Dr. Flatté studying magnetic materials like V(TCNE)2 using density functional theory (DFT) approaches.
Kristine Sigsbee

Kristine Sigsbee, Ph.D.

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Associate Research Scientist/Engineer
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Kristine investigates challenging questions in heliophysics about Earth’s magnetosphere, space weather, geomagnetic storms, and the Van Allen radiation belts.
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Daniel Simons

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Graduate Research Assistant
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Daniel Simons tests different models that describe the scattering or decay processes of particles and compares with experimental data to see which model looks most like the data. He was accepted into the Universities Research Association's Visiting Scholars Program to travel to the Fermi National Laboratory throughout the 2021-2022 school year to work with researchers there and to study the scattering of neutrinos off nucleons.
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Joe Sink

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Graduate Research Assistant
Joe Sink is working with Dr. Craig Pryor and is interested in modeling the electronic properties of novel Solid-State devices using theoretical models such as Tight-Binding and DFT. His current research is directed towards understanding the unique properties of wurtzite and zinc blende nanowire heterostructures.
Frederick Skiff

Frederick N. Skiff, Ph.D.

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Professor
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Frederick N. Skiff is a Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa. His research interests include laser spectroscopy and plasma physics.