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’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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kory Stiffler is a theoretical physicist with research interests in supersymmetry, black hole physics, cosmology, and string theory. for black hole physics and cosmology research, Kory focuses on Thomas-Whitehead gravity developed by Professor Vincent G. J. Rodgers (University of Iowa). In supersymmetry research, Kory focuses on adinkras: colorful diagrams encoding supersymmetry. To aid in adinkra research for students and colleagues, as owner of the GitHub organization HEPTHools, Kory along with several student members has developed the adinkra.m mathematica package.
Dale has been with the University and the Department of Physics and Astronomy as the Instructional Resource Specialist for 35 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake Iowa, and a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), American Physical Society (APS), and the Physics Instructional Resource Association (PIRA). He is also a Co-Coordinator of the Departments “Hawk-Eyes on Science”, and “Hawkeyes in Space” outreach programs.
John J. Sunderland is Professor of Radiology in the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Iowa, and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is also Director of the PET Imaging Center and is a Professor of Radiation Oncology. His research interests include medical physics.
Dustin Swarm is interested in high energy astrophysics and the application of machine learning in astronomy. He is currently working with Prof. Casey DeRoo studying X-ray sources in the Galactic center found using an outlier detection algorithm.
Jared Termini is interested in astronomical instrumentation and detector design. He is currently working with Professor Keri Hoadley on the Faint Intergalactic Medium Redshifted Emission Balloon (FIREBall) mission.
Ashok Tiwari is focusing his research on medical physics applications. His research concentrates on dosimetry post radiopharmaceutical therapy and quantitative imaging in nuclear medicine. He recently explored the dosimetry of beta-emitting radionuclides by employing the Monte Carlo simulations and performed its experimental validation using Radiochromic films.
Fatima Toor is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Iowa and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is a researcher at the Iowa Technology Institute, Iowa-CREATES and MATFab Facility.
Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Riley has been fascinated by the northern lights (aurora) for his entire life and is currently studying a dim but dynamic type called pulsating aurora. He is also interested in science policy and helped create Connecting Science to Society, a student science policy and communication organization. Riley works for Dr. Allison Jaynes and is funded under a NASA FINESST grant.
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