Carl A. Schulz (1961, BS)
Retired after 28 years teaching high school physics but still does home tutoring for the Garden City School District. Currently active in the Long Island Humanist Society.
Quinten T. Lonske (1962, BS)
Retired from Raytheon Co. (Principal Engineer) after working there for 28 years. Married to Eleanor Downey and have 2 sons, Benjamin (an electrical engineer) and Jonathan (a stockbroker).
Burton W. Marks (1962, BS)
Ph.D. (Physics) Carnegie Melon University, 1968. Retires from Texas Instruments, 1996.
Virginia A. Nelson (1962, BS)
Retired from public schools after 33 years (1965). Worked with Six Flags Great Adventure writing educational materials for Physics Day and Science and Math Day. Ran workshops on amusement park physics at SFGA. On Board of Trustees and Secretary for Lower Hudson Interactive Museum. Worked at Mountain Creek Water Park (Vernon, NJ) to set up the Nature Center – an educational facility to teach guests about the nature and environment of northern NJ as well as offering guests the opportunity to make nature oriented efforts. In between I am enjoying my retirement. An avid skier, over 60 days last year including a trip to Utah and still skiing this year. I am exploring my artistic abilities in acrylics and watercolors. Won 6 ribbons at the County Fair. Traveling. Best trip to SE Asia to see a total solar eclipse.
Alan K. Roecklein (1962, MSc)
Alan Roecklein is a Senior Health Physicist at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Marvin B. Rosenberg (1962, BS)
Retired as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Terex Corporation, a NYSF Corporation in the Heavy Equipment business (sales around 2.5 billion) at the end of 1997. Member of the Terex Board of Directors.
Vincent Gallucci, B.S. 1963
I graduated long enough ago from Stony Brook that I was a part of the early University of Chicago-Columbia University see-saw experiments over philosophies of education. As a consequence, my first two years of study were based strongly in the classics, although I was a physics major. I benefited enormously from that experience, especially when combined with the rigor, way of thinking and actual content of my physics classes. That undergraduate experience is called upon in every quarter of my professional life. Attending the Oyster Bay campus for three years provided indescribable memories of beauty and serenity.
My employment and hobby is that of a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. My research these days focuses upon the mathematical and policy aspects of the management of marine biology resources, in my case, primarily in developing countries from Africa to Latin America and Asia.
My daughter began her freshman year at Cornell University this year. A few years ago I nominated my brother, also a Stony Brook grad, for an honored alumnus award which he received. My wife is also a professor at the University of Washington.
The professors who remain memorable, all for good reasons, are Travis, Raz, Muether and Fox.
Jay Kirschenbaum (1963, BS; 1970 Ph.D.)
Since 1986 I’ve been Sr. Staff Associate at the Columbia Chemistry Department. I design data-acquisition and control electronics and write software for the physical chemistry research groups. Before that I was Editor-in-Chief of the journal NASA Tech Briefs for 10 years. My Stony Brook physics background has been the foundation for both jobs.
Regards and many thanks to Professors Muether, Mould, deZafra, Kahn and Metcalf, who I know are still there, and to others who are there or have left but may remember me. I have very warm feelings about my Stony Brook experience.
Karl Mamola (Class of 1963, BS)
The new Physics Teacher Editor is Karl Mamola, who teaches at Appalachian State University. He currently edits the magazine's column devoted to apparatus for teaching physics.
Martin L. Meltz, PhD (BS 1963, Stony Brook)
I am an ionizing and non-ionizing radiation biologist. I received my Ph.D. in Radiation Biophysics from the University of Rochester in 1970. At the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, I am the Director of the Center for Environmental Radiation Toxicology. I am an expert on the biological effects of microwave radiation. I am also the scientific consultant to the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association in Washington D.C. and the President of Beam Tech Corporation, a technology transfer company in San Antonio.
Ed McCullough Reports about Fred David Chernomas, 1964
We are saddened to report that Fred passed away on September 4, 1996. Fred had relocated to North Carolina where he taught at the University of North Carolina in Ashville. In 1994 he went to Clemson University to get a Ph.D. in Physics.
His mentor Lyndon L. Larcom, Ph.D. reports "He was clearly one of our best graduate students and was working on analysis of fingerprint patterns with me as his research advisor. We all liked Fred very much and greatly valued his contributions to the Lab. We miss him a lot.". An obituary for Fred appeared in the September 6, 1996 issue of the LI newspaper Newsday.
Lynn (Copel) Elzweig (1964, BS)
Instructor Merrimack College, North Andover, MA.
Anton (Tony) Haug (1964, BS)
I received my MA in physics from City University of N.Y. and the Ph.D. in physics from Catholic University. My principal research areas are ocean acoustics, signal and array processing, detection and estimation theory, acoustic active noise control. My professional career has been primarily in the analysis of various sonar systems. I also spent two years as an expert witness for an active noise control patent suit. I am married with 4 grown kids and 2 grandkids and a wonderful wife. My hobbies include reading, playing computer games, playing the stock market and my family.
Anton J. Haug, Ph.D., B.S. 1964
At work I am currently responsible for analytical performance evaluation of signal processing algorithms to be used in submarine sonar systems at the Mitre Corporation in McLean, Virginia.
I have four children, 3 boys and 1 girl. I recently became a grandfather with my second grandchild due in October. My experiences at Stony Brook have set the tone of my entire life.
Dr. Clifford Swartz was my physics advisor. His enthusiasm for physics rubbed off on me and has led to a lifetime interest in all aspects of science and math. It led me to go on and obtain an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics.
Warren I. Hlinka, Ph.D. (1964, BS)
I am married to Barbara Campion, SB Class of ‘63. We have three children: Mike-in medical school, Tracy-a physical therapist and Michele-with an MBA in progress. I have 36 years working with Grumman Aerospace (now Northrop Grumman), 10 years at KSC, Florida on the Apollo Lunar Program as a software engineer, and 26 years at Pt. Mugu, California working on the F14 Tomcat aircraft in software design and engineering management. My M.S. in physics is from Florida Institute of Technology. I enjoy lots of tennis, golf, fishing; love California and am looking forward to retirement in 2-3 years. I have fond memories of Oyster Bay/Stony Brook years and haven’t had to solve a differential equation in 25 years.
Edwin C. McCullough, Ph.D. (B.S. 1964, SB)
After graduating from Stony Brook, I completed an M.Sc. at the University of Maryland working at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. Early in 1968, I went to the University of Wisconsin and earned a Ph.D. in Radiological Physics from U.W. Medical School. After a post-doc at Hammersmith Hospital in London, I have been at the Mayo Clinic since 1973. Currently I head the Section of Radiation Physics and I am Vice Chairman of the Division of Radiation Oncology. I am married with two college age children.
Everett H. Silverman (1964, BS)
Served 3 years in US Army. Thirty (30) years in private practice. Now designs jewelry, rocking horses, children’s toys.
Robert S. Stepleman (1964, BS)
Retiring March 31, 2000 and relocating to Bradenton, Florida.
Robert R. Wilbarg (1964, BS)
Retired from IBM in 1997.
Nicholas C. Kraus, B.S. 1967
After Stony Brook, I obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1972 in low-temperature, theoretical physics. I became interested in serving society through engineering and joined a coastal engineering group in Tokyo, Japan until 1984. I joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a scientist in coastal processes and shallow-water oceanography in 1984. Now I am responsible for leading typically $5-10M in R&D each year.
Howard Green, B.S. 1968
I’m married to Ellen (Prince) Green, class of ’69. We have two children, Tamara, a senior at William and Mary and Matt, a freshman at University of Maryland.
My career has evolved from my first job as a physicist for the Navy to engineering to program management to business development (ACS Government Solutions Group, Rockville, Maryland), covering sensors, radar, communications (most recently) and IT (present). Ellen works for the US Treasury Department as a Division Manager to Financial Management. Stony Brook was a great time! I would love to hear from my classmates!
Andrew Schiffman, M.D. (B.S. 1968, SB)
I am a psychiatrist in a 4-doctor group in Escondido, California. Although I moved a long way from physics, I really enjoyed studying both physics and math. I was introduced to medicine through a NASA summer fellowship in space biology and ended up going to medical school rather than graduate school in physics.
I have four children: one daughter is a college graduate, the next is a mathematics senior in college and I have 11-year-old boy/girl twins.
I really appreciated having professors teach the first-year courses. I’d like to hear from others in my class: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chungpeng (Ben) Fan (1969, PhD)
Ben wandered from academia into industry after some post-doctoral research on liquid crystals and phase transition. He worked as a simulation specialist on instrumentation and control of nuclear reactor and boiler until 1984, being finally convinced that continuing to work for the US nuclear industry would be hazardous to the welfare of his young family. He joined Bell Communications Research and later AT&T Bell Labs and spent close to two decades in telecommunications and fiber optics R&D. He was sent to Beijing, China by Lucent Technologies for two years on an expatriate assignment. After a short year-long span of early retirement, he is now working as a part-time consultant for AT&T Labs. Ben lost his first wife, Yann-Chiao, also a SUNY alumnae, in 1996 after 20 years of marriage. His last visit to Stony Brook was to join the celebration part for Prof. C. N. Yang's retirement. Ben was married on Thanksgiving Day 2000 to Lucy and they now live in Dayton, NJ. He can be reached by email at: email@example.com.
Thomas Hickey, B.S. 1969
I received a Ph.D. in Library Information Sciences. My wife Carol and I have two sons: Adam, a senior at the University of Illinois, and Justin, a junior at Ohio University.
Paul Kramer (August 1964 through summer 1969,Faculty)
I started at Farmingdale in September 1969, where I remain today. I worked in the bubble chamber group under Juliet Lee-Franzini who I believe started at Stony Brook in either 1968 or early 1969. I was recruited through her husband Paolo who as at Columbia. My PhD advisor, Dick Plano at Rutgers, was a collaborator with the Columbia bubble chamber group. I also worked under Malcolm Skolnick who arrived in about 1966. For a time, I headed the campus Computer Assisted Instruction lab.
Reed E. Phillips, MD (B.S. 1969, SB)
After graduating SB, I decided to go to medical school. After completing training in internal medicine and medical oncology, I went into private practice in medical oncology until 1997, when I entered the field of palliative medicine and medical director of Hospice Care Network on Long Island.
My wife, Susan, and I live in Glen Cove. I still maintain an avid interest in the physical sciences. My hobbies include stamp collection, science fiction reading and computers.
Barry Cohen, B.S. 1970
After leaving Stony Brook, I switched to psychology, received an M.A. in 1975 and a Ph.D. in 1983. My physics education at Stony Brook was a great background for experimental psychology, especially my specialty, psychophysiology, which involves recording and amplifying electrical fields from the surface of the human body. Recently my text, Exploring Psychological Statistics, was published by Brooks/Cole and a second edition will be published by John Wiley and Sons next year. Presently I am Associate Director of the M.A. program in Psychology at New York University. I am married and living in Greenwich, Connecticut.
John T. Lau (1970, BS)
President of Applied Info in Somerset, NJ.
Michael Shlesinger, B.S. 1970
My research has focused on fractals, chaos, glassy materials and protein binding. My work has twice appeared on the cover of Physics Today. I developed a funding program for nonlinear dynamics in 1983 at the Office of Naval Research. In 1995, I became Chief Scientist.
I have been married for 22 years and have 3 children, ages 16, 18 and 19. My experience at Stony Brook was great and prepared me for a life in the field. I am an APS Fellow, Editor of the journal Fractals and I have been the Regent’s Lecturer at UC San Diego.
Ronald D. Aaronson (1971,BS)
Currently doing Web development for Chase. Wife, Amy, just completed her doctorate in clinical psychology.
Arthur Eisenkraft (1971, BS)
received the Award for Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching, which is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to precollege physics teaching that have had a national impact. Arthur is a physics teacher and the science coordinator in the public school system of Bedford, New York.
Robert L. Fuller (1971, BS)
Tax Director, Instron Corporation, Wellesley, MA.
Brosl Hasslacher (Ph. D. 1971)
is one of the principals of a new start-up company working on molecular electronics which was featured in the New York Times on March 23.
Andrew Kramer, B.S. 1971
As President of Perfect Solutions in Palm Beach, Florida, I design and manufacture student laptop computers for schools.
Rudy Lehr (1971, BS)
Taught High School Physics for 30 years (retiring in 2004). He is President of Breadquarters, Ind., purveyors of gourmet baked goods to many locations in the Hamptons. He loves observational Astronomy from his dark sky location.
David Miller (1971)
"I had a sabbatical leave from Penn State for 1996-97, which I spent partly at the University of Beilefeld, Germany and 4 months on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Wroclaw in Poland."
Roland N. Pittmann, Class of 1971
I have been on faculty in the Physiology Department at Virginia Commonwealth University since 1974. I teach medical and graduate students and conduct research in the area of oxygen transport in the microcirculation (exercise, aging, artificial oxygen, instrumentation).
Stony Brook experience was a great opportunity to learn from outstanding mentors in content and style (especially high marks to Professors Eisenbud, Grannis, Kirz and Yang). Advisor: Paul Grannis
Nancy Chesser (1972)
"I support, as a contractor, all of the Department of Defense Science & Technology programs in Directed Energy Weapons to ensure these efforts are coordinated and exchanging information routinely."
Paul Cowell (1972, Ph.D.)
Product Manager at Condor Systems Inc., San Jose, California.
Eric Davidson, M.D. (B.S. 1972, SB)
After Stony Brook, I attended Howard University Medical School and received my M.D. in 1976. I did residency at New Rochelle, NY, and completed in 1979. From there I moved to practice in Yanceyville, N.C. until 1981 as a public health physician. Finishing that, I stayed in Danville in private practice to the present. I have three sons and two cats. My oldest, Matthew, graduated from UVA this year and is a computer programmer in Charlottesville, Va. Adam is a senior in high school looking to go into medicine or work as a sleuth for the CDC in Atlanta. Jeremy just entered junior high and has more enthusiasm than time in the day!
I keep in touch with Andy Pauker, 1972- Mathematics, and Joe Piccione, 1973. I have fond memories of H quad where I stayed all four years. Being a resident of the southern states then and now, I definitely would recommend an education in New York. But my heart lies elsewhere, so I couldn’t live my life there.
Class of 1972
Since 1980 I have been on the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine, achieving the rank of Professor of Environmental Medicine in 1992 with a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine since 1994. Although some early post-Stony Brook research in radiological health built on my training in experimental nuclear physics (under David Fossan’s outstanding mentoring), I eventually found my passion in the field of epidemiology, the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in populations. In 1981 I was part of the team at NYU that first identified and reported to the Centers for Disease Control the unusual occurrence of Kaposi's sarcoma among young homosexual men. This is now known to be one of the manifestations of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). I have been working primarily on HIV/AIDS ever since. It has been fascinating to participate in efforts to describe, understand and hopefully control a newly emerging disease of such importance. Currently I am principal investigator at NYU on two randomized clinical trials of HIV vaccines, several epidemiologic investigations of HIV, and a study of tuberculosis.
My physics training has served me well, despite hardly having cracked a physics book since leaving Stony Brook in 1971. My years at Stony Brook also were extraordinarily important because it was there I met Gloria Strauss, then a psychology graduate student. Gloria and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on June 11th with our two boys, aged 11 and 13 years. We live in Port Washington, Long Island, where Gloria practices clinical psychology.
My single greatest loss in leaving physics was any professional reason for contact with graduate student colleagues and faculty from Stony Brook since I stopped attending physics meetings. Stony Brook was a challenging and wonderful period in my life. I would be happy to hear from others (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) and look forward to the June 2000 reunion. (Advisor: David Fossan)
Vincenzo Milione (1972, BS)
Presently Director for Research and Education of the Colondra Station American Institute of Queens College, City University of New York. Maintain an honorary directory of Italian American Scholars and Professionals in universities and colleges. Will be pleased to receive resumes from Stony Brook alumni.
Frank Oleksy, B.S. 1972
I am married and have three children. My youngest is considering Stony Brook for next year. I continue to enjoy teaching physics. I am very satisfied with my career choice and I am grateful to Stony Brook Physics Department for tolerating me when I was growing up and inspiring me to want to teach physics. Thanks to all, particularly Professors Paldy, Muether, Ames and Strassenberg! Thanks for the good start!
Mauricio Fortes (1973)
"I was President of the Mexican Academy of Sciences 1994-95; President of the US/Mexico Foundation for Science since 1997 and am doing research at the Physics Institute, National University of Mexico."
Robert Giambalvo (1973, BS)
Home improvement contractor in West Hempstead, NY. He would like to hear from the girls and guys he met in Irving and O'Neill dorms in '72 and '73.
Peter Papazian, B.S. 1973
I have lived in Colorado for 27 years. In 1979, I received a M.Sc. in geophysics from Colorado School of Mines. In 1990 I married Vivian Walker. We have 3 children, Sosi. Lucine and Anoush. We all enjoy skiing and like to hike. The girls and myself like to fish. Presently I am a researcher in a government laboratory where I study radio wave propagation.
Jack Potenza, B.S. 1973; M.A. 1976
Mr. Poteza is a Vice President for ICN Ltd. In Lakeworth, Florida.
Gail Isherwood Schuman (1973, BS)
Just started second year of Medical School. Attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY. After working for many years in research and computing, have decided a change in career. Adjunct professor of Mathematics at Suffolk County Community College.
Gail I. Schuman (1973, BS)
Physician at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Craig Tracy (1973, PhD)
Craig Tracy and colleagues at the University of CA Davis have won the 2002 George Polya prize for their pioneering work on random matrices.
B. Alex Brown
Professor at Michigan State University
I recently returned from a sabbatical in Europe and South Africa with my family (Mary, Elizabeth and Mark). We started out in the fall of 1997 in Darmstadt where I worked at GSI and was supported by a reinvitation from my Humboldt Senior Research Award in 1991. We spent November in Thessaloniki, Greece and Tel Aviv, Israel. December and January were spent in the warmth of the South African summer where I was a Visiting Professor at the University of Stellenbosch (near Capetown) working with my colleague Werner Richter. We spent the last six months in Oxford, England, and happened to end up renting a house a few doors away from the house I rented in 1980. My host was Nick Stone in the Clarendon Laboratory. The children came back with the appropriate combination of German, South African and British accents. (Advisor: David Fossan, Class ‘74)
Sou-Tung Chiu-Tsao writes:
As "transplanted" New Yorkers from Taiwan, we are finally "repotted" in New York, after eight years in Michigan. After a long year and six interview trips, I settled on the position of Director of Medical Physics in the Radiation Oncology Department of Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan (14th St, Union Square area) and St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital Center (near Lincoln Center area). Beth Israel (affiliated with Albert Einstein Medical College) is making a major effort to become a top medical center. That is why I was attracted to it. I was also awarded an NIH grant on "a Dosimetric study of intravascular brachytherapy. My husband, Hung-Sheng (Dr. Tsao, Class of ‘72, worked with Ben Lee), got a transfer to New York with Sun Microsystems, as a system engineer. I am very lucky to have a supportive husband. Most of our relatives are in the Metro New York area. Our children stay in Michigan. Our older son, Lee, graduated from U of Michigan this year and took an entry level job as system engineer at Sun Microsystems in Michigan, following his dad's footstep, in a way. Our younger son, Hwa, will be a junior in U of Michigan. He is more interested in social studies.
Sou-Tung (Class of ‘74) also writes that she is looking for a good post-doc, and that the Stony Brook physics department has the kind of applicant pool she needs. (Advisor: Peter Feibelman)
Scott R. Chudow, B.S. 1974
I am a surgeon in Orange County, New York. I have five children: Eileen (20), graduating Stern College this year; Eric (18), a sophomore at University of Penn; Joel (14), a high school sophomore; Ja (11), in 7th grade; and Sheri (8), in 4th grade.
Bruce J. DaCosta, B.S. 1974
Being in the Physics Department at Stony Brook was one of the most exciting times of my life. I spent much of my time working in the labs with Lee Wilcox and Hal Metcalf. Dan Dietrich, who’s Ph.D. project required the use of the Van de Graff accelerator, hired me to assist on his thesis project. Working 24 and 48 hour shifts was a real gas and I loved it. I have memories of the building flooding when the workers left the tunnel project open during the weekend and having vented the entire Van De Graff to atmosphere while naively believing I was detecting a leak on our single line! Mostly I have memories of an environment that encouraged inquisitive minds to try anything and pose any question. I am thankful for being given an open way to think about life and problems more than anything. After leaving Stony Brook, I did post graduate work at the University of Arizona Physics Department and Optical Science Center working with Dr. Lamb. Having been wooed to the software industry, I currently live in Pittsburgh. I’ve started several high technology companies. I am currently consulting to startups and looking for my next deal. I have three boys ages 28, graduated from Notre Dame, 20 and currently at Drexel, and 18 at Dartmouth.
Regards to Hal Metcalf. Regards to Bob Hocken and Tom Charlton wherever they may be. Thanks for the great memories!
Jerry Krassner, B.S. 1974
I am married with one daughter. My hobbies include bicycling, international baseball team (I pitch!). Professionally I am involved in a business development, Congressional liaison, international licensing for an aerospace defense R&D Company.
Jerry D. Levine, B.S. 1974
I have been working at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPL) since 1976, with the past two as Head of Environment Safety and Health. PPPL is a national laboratory!
I take pride in the current stature of my alma mater, which was very much a big construction site in the early ‘70s! Construction boots were a must in those days! I also note with interest that Stony Brook is managing one of the PPPL’s sister laboratories, Brookhaven National Lab! Best regards to all!
Sushil Kumar Mendiratta
Fred Ost (1974, BS)
Received an MS in health physics (radiation protection) at the University of Michigan in 1976. Then he worked for 1 1/2 years as a health physicist (HP) at Columbia University in NYC. In 1978 he appeared nation-wide on a TV commercial for Dannon yogurt (having decorated his Stony Brook and Michigan dorm rooms with thousands of lids from their yogurt tops). Alas, Hollywood never called, so then it was on to Commonwealth Edison Co. in Chicago (the electric utility serving northern illinois) from 1978 to 1998 as an HP at Zion Nuclear Station and then in the corporate office. Got laid off in 1998. After attending a local computer programming school, he worked at Hewitt Assoc. (they run health and welfare plans for many large companies) near Chicago. In June he started work as a contractor technical writer for Abbott Labs, a pharmaceutical company near Chicago. Fred has two daughters (18 & 13) and a son (15).
Art Frankel, B.S. 1975
I am project chief for the national seismic hazard-mapping project of the US Geological Survey in Denver. We produce seismic hazard from earthquakes at specified probabilities. These maps are used in building codes, bridge design, loss estimation, insurance evaluation, etc. to mitigate the risk from earthquakes.
Bob Kephart (1975, PhD)
Head of the Technical Division at Fermilab.
Ernest W. Kuel, B.S. 1975
I married Dolores DeMeyers and have two children. I am contributing author to Prentice Hall Physical Sciences, primary author of Transportation volume of Active Physics and am on the editorial board of The Physics Teacher.
Keh-Fei Liu writes
After having spent a few years at Saclay and UCLA as a postdoc, I joined the University of Kentucky in 1980. Currently I am a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. My research emphasis in the last decade has been lattice gauge theory and calculations of hadron structure. The quantities that we calculated include the quark spin content, pion-nucleon sigma term, and various form factors of the nucleon.
I was a recipient of the Humboldt Senior Scientist award in 1991 and consequently my family and I spent 8 months in Juelich, Germany. I was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1997.
I have learned a great deal from the nuclear bull-sessions on Thursday nights to discern the difference between brute-force number crunching and hand-waving arguments. Perhaps the greatest benefit I gained at Stony Brook is experiencing the building of a group. I came here as a lone theorist in nuclear and particle physics. Now we have 7 faculty members, one staff member and several postdocs and students in the group. (Class of ‘75, Advisor: Gerry Brown).
Michael Anastasio (1976, PhD)
Named Director of Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California.
Ayse Erzan, Class of ‘76 Writes...
I was very keen on going straight back home after my degree and took a job at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Then I married and had to move to Istanbul and joined the Istanbul Technical University which has since then become my home. It is true these were troubled times, but also filled with hope and a strange urgency; the feeling that what you did could possibly help change the world for a better and happier place. I was involved in the socialist movement, organizing women and in the anti-nuclear peace committee. When the military took over in September, 1980, and they started persecuting people for such activities, I decided to leave the country and look for jobs in Europe. I had not been doing much research for the past four years and I had to really scramble to catch up. When I left Istanbul in February 1981, I went to Stockholm, where my brother was doing his Ph.D. in economics and I am thankful to Goran Grimvall, then head of the Theoretical Physics department at the KTH, for allowing me to spend four months there. Friends from Stony Brook also helped: Hans Hoye, who had been George Stell’s postdoc was kind enough to invite me to spend a month at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Trondheim. I spent a month at Gotheborg and another in Delft before I left for Trieste, where I spent the rest of the summer at the ICTP. Then I went to Geneva for a year, where I did some very enjoyable work with J.P. Eckmann, in collaboration with B. Derrida, on chaotic renormalization group flows in frustrated systems. Meanwhile, I had applied for a job in Porto, and my dear friend from Stony Brook, Sushil K. Mendiratta, who was (and still is) working in Aveiro, was able to convince the colleagues there that this nobody from outer-space was really ok. So I spent three wonderful and very fruitful years in Porto, did some work on spin glasses, some of it in collaboration with Eduardo Lage, learned the language enough to teach and made lifelong friends.
My first marriage had not worked out and I was alone during this time. I met another political refugee, Orhan Sillier and moved to Germany on a Humboldt fellowship working in Marburg with Siegfried Grossmann, whose mentorship I still cherish. In 1987, Orhan set up the Turkish department at the International Center for Social History in Amsterdam and I found a postdoc with Pietronero in Groningen, where we did some very interesting work on fractals, fractal growth, and anomalous relaxation. In 1990 we moved to Istanbul.
I am grateful to ITU for having welcomed me back. I am now a professor at the Department of Physics and also spend part of my time at the Feza Gursey Institute, a research institute for theoretical physics and mathematics, which I help run.
Meanwhile in 1995, I was elected to the Turkish Academy of Sciences and in 1997 I shared the science prize of TUBITAK, the national science council of Turkey, with Mehmet Erbudak (Yale 1972). Also I am an associate editor of the European Physical Journal B (condensed matter physics).
(Advisor: George Stell)
William M. Smith, Ph. D.
Class of ‘76
Bill’s first employment (1977-85) after graduation involved the creation and direction of a $25 million/year energy management program at Pacific Gas & Electric based in San Francisco, CA. This effort promoted voluntary reductions in energy use by residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers during times of peak electrical demand. During the summers of 1983 & 1984, Bill was able to avert invoking the statewide electrical emergency plan by operating this program.
He subsequently moved on to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where he has held several positions that have led to national recognition for leadership in energy, electronics, technology research/commercialization, and industrial competitiveness. This last activity led to the formation of the EPRI Partnership for Industrial Competitiveness (EPIC) that developed environmental, energy, and productivity improvement recommendations for manufacturing industries. His most recent exploits include a collaboration with SEMATECH, the international semiconductor research consortium, in forming the EPRI Center for Electronics Manufacturing (http://www.epri.com).
Bill and his family enjoy sailing (on the Bay!), scuba diving (warm water!), skiing, and bodysurfing (well, at least Bill does). They live in the Oakland hills with a magnificent view of the Bay. Bill’s son (class of ‘98) just graduated from Stony Brook with an M.S., Materials Science from the Engineering Department. His first job is with Caterpillar, Inc. in Peoria, Illinois at their Technical Center.
Bill’s advice to physics and astronomy students: the background of knowledge you are building will provide you with enormous versatility that will enable you to pursue a variety of interests and disciplines after you graduate - use this to your advantage! (Advisor: Frank Shu, currently at UC Berkeley)
Dr. Yao H. Chu
...formerly the Einstein Fellow of the Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics Nuclear Theory Group, is the Chairman of Pacific Gold Coast Corp. located in Locust Valley (Long Island, NY) and established in New York since 1988 as a privately held software developer and publisher that specalizes in Windows software, which is actively marketed worldwide in English, French, German, and Japanese versions. Just this last October, Pacific Gold Coast Corp. announced the release of their latest new software, Turbo ZIP Express v1.0 for Windows 95/98/NT 4.0. The designer of this new compression utility to make file extraction as effortless as possible, is David Sun, currently a freshman at Cornell University and the son of Dr. Tan-Na Lee Chu, co-founder of Pacific Gold Coast Corp., and Dr. Yao H. Chu. Aside from the excitement of this release, Yao would like to donate a TurboZIP Express site license to SUNY Stony Brook, which will allow all university-owned computers to use this new product. TurboZIP Express also makes sending and receiving large files over the Internet a much easier task. Many thanks to Dr. Chu!
(Class of ‘77; Advisor: Gerry Brown)
Maureen Fitzpatrick (1977, BS)
EDi specialist in the IT Dept of Tanning Research Labs in Ormond Beach, FL.
Alexander D. Luis (1977, BS)
Teaches Math at Bostin Latin School in Boston, MA.
Farhad Zadeh, B.S. 1977
I am a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University, IL.
Scott Dewey (1978, BS)
Married with two children ages 4 and 6. Wife working part time at NIST.
Working full-time at NIST on fundamental research with cold neutrons. My Van de Graaf experiences at Stony Brook were crucial to my success.
writes to say he has been at Notre Dame since 1982 following his postdoc stint at Texas A&M University. He’s not made it back to Stony Brook in many years and asks, "Are they still digging up all over the campus?" followed by "I understand the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ now goes somewhere and Stony Brook has a genuine football team! At Notre Dame, we take these things seriously!" (Class of ‘78, Advisor: David Fossan)
John Harris, Class of 1978
I am a Professor of Physics at Yale University. After receiving my Ph.D. at Stony Brook, I spent 17 years at LBO before coming to Yale. I have been spokesperson for the STAR experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at BNL since its inception in 1990. I am married and have a wonderful, supportive family and friends. Besides the family, windsurfing in waves is my personal passion and has been my hobby away from physics for the past 18 years. (Advisor: Bob McGrath)
Robert Kessel, B.S. 1978
After completing a degree on the properties of disordered magnetic materials at the University of Kansas, I was a postdoc at the University College in London studying imaging and x-ray detectors for spacecraft applications and at Emory University in mathematical psychology. Since 1991 I have been employed at the Naval Research Laboratory. My job has been tied to research space programs, mainly for atmospheric and ocean remote sensing. In addition to the data analysis required to extract useful physical properties from the data and developing prototype and flight sensors from spacecraft, I have worked on managing the relatively large data volumes associated with space borne imaging systems. I have also provided technical support for DoD spacecraft science and technology development planning efforts.
Margareta Rehak, B.S. 1978
I work as a research engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Kevin S. Bedell
Class of 1979
Dr. Bedell is a Rourke Professor of Physics and Chair at Boston College as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1993. Before going to Boston College, he was a staff member of the theoretical division at Los Alamos from 1986-1996. (Advisor: Gerald Brown)
Thomas R. Gentile (1979, BS)
After leaving SUSB in 1979, I obtained Ph.D. in Physics at MIT in 1989. Did a post doc at Cal Tech and have been employed at NIST since 1993. Currently pursuing the development of polarized the neutron SP filters. Have positive memories of my research opportunity at the Stony Brook Nuclear Structure Lab as an undergraduate.
Alan Goldman, B.S. 1979; MA 1980; Ph.D. 1984
After 11 years in the Midwest, my family and I still enjoy Ames. Currently I am serving a three-year term as Chair of Physics and Astronomy while also building a beamline at the Advanced Photon Source. Joanne is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa. Maeryn (11 years old) loves horses and riding.
Bob Knoell (1979, BS)
Earned an MS in Materials Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in 1985 and an MS in Engineering Management at Wayne State University in 1996. He was a member of AT&T Bell Labs technical staff 1980-1990, and is currently a Technical Fellow in the Electronics Division of Ford/Visteon in Dearborn, MI. He is married with two daughters (18 & 21).
Joseph G. De Carlo, B.S. 1980
I am 44 years old with one grandson and another on the way. For over 20 years of microwave and rf design have been setting an increasing pace in fully integrated IC development. At IBM in Hopewell Junction, I have had the pleasure of working with SiGe process besides my background in GaAs and Si technologies.
Moshe Gai (1980)
"After spending some 15 years at Yale University and climbing through the ranks to an Associate Professor, I moved to the University of Connecticut where I assumed the position of full professor of Physics and established the new Laboratory for Nuclear Science. I am primarily involved in research in Nuclear Astrophysics and the Solar Neutrino problem." Dr. Gai was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society; he also joined the UConn polo team (national champions in 1996 and 1997) and is proud to complete practice sessions, still seated on his horse.
From David Lloyd Owen
Class of ‘80
It has been almost twenty years now since I completed my Ph.D. at Stony Brook. Following nine years in particle physics research - including two years (D0: ‘the early years!’) back in Stony Brook with former advisor, Paul Grannis - I branched out into the world of commerce.
After several, hectic years with Boston-based supercomputer manufacturer, Thinking Machines Corporation, I am now a Program Manager with Origin, the IT services division of the Philips group.
With Sioned in junior high school and Holly and Marlowe at either end of primary, Jo is launching the French office of UK textile-printing company, Electronic Clothing.
I still look back with fondness on the Stony Brook years, keeping in (irregular!) touch with Paul and Guido Finocchiaro. I hope to visit in January of 1999!
Adam Prawzinsky (1980, BS)
Surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ.
Vincent Vento, Class of ‘80, writes:
"I am Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Valencia in Spain. Besides physics, I enjoy cycling and skiing. My memory of my graduate student years is still very vivid. It was a very profitable experience both professionally and humanistically." (Advisor: Gerry Brown)
Steven Crandall, Ph.D., 1981
While going through the recent Physics Department newsletter, I came across the fact that one of the new grad students is from the U of Utah – where I did my undergraduate time. It seems reasonable to commit a semi-random act and provide a small gift that might cover a nice dinner. I’m enclosing a check for Lisa Bjorndal. Could I trouble you to see that it gets delivered? Thanks! (Advisor: Paul Grannis)
Christopher W. Mauche, BS, 1981
I am a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in Livermore, California.
Patricia E. Panatier (1981, BS)
Assistant Physicist, Adelphi University, NY
Thomas A. Trochia (1981, BS)
Completed Physics BS in 1983. Added 2 years to get a music major. Almost went on to grad school for choral conducting. Meanwhile, got a job as an actuarial trainee. Have been at it ever since. Competent enough with this level of math, but felt I was not cut out for a career in physics because I don’t possess what I consider to be the requisite level of math ? . Still, I never regret the excellent physics instruction I received. Muether, Metcalf, Grannis were exceptional teachers.
Gregory Dolise, B.S. 1982
I’ve worked on the Hubble space telescope and other space optics systems. I’m active in amateur astronomy, shooting sports and education. I teach at Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania.
My name is Roberto Pons, Ph.D...
...and I am a Stony Brook undergraduate Alumnus, Class of '82. I received my bachelor's degree in physics that took me a long way in life and right now I am a Senior Research Assistant at Cornell University. I obtained my Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics from Harvard University in 1988 and completed two post-doctorate programs at Caltech. I would like to send my most sincere regards to my fellow physics alumni and the department that made me who I am. We will always represent the very best in Stony Brook's tradition of excellence. Long live Stony Brook!
Richard Rauch (1982)
"I’m currently working as a consultant to the Department of Defense in the areas of counter-proliferation; defending against nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and National Missile Defense. It’s a long way from gravitation theory but rewarding in its own way!"
Gerald J. Schnal, B.S. 1982
I am a professor of physics and astronomy at Suffolk Community College and former aerospace engineer in New Jersey. I am also the owner of a patent for a device for the treatment of sleep apnea-FDA approved. I started learning Java programming and also teach at St. Joseph’s and LI University.
Tim Castellano (1983, BS)
Received the PhD in 2001 from UC Santa Cruz, and is currently an Astronomer at NASA Ames Research Center, working on searches for extrasolar planets by the transit method.
Dr. M. and Dr. K. Quader...
from the classes of 1983 and 1984, respectively, write that Mubina is involved in clinical and research work in the treatment of cancer patients using radiation at the University of Pittsburgh. Khandker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Kent State University working in condensed matter physics. His current research areas include correlated electron systems, pairing studies at varying densities, BCS-BE pairing in 2D; high-TC superconductivity and general phase transitions. (Advisors: David Fossan, Gerald Brown)
Phillip Carman, B.S. 1984
I have been working as a full-time physics and astronomy instructor at Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute Community College for nearly two years. I enjoy living in the southwest and am glad to have found a career that I find both enjoyable and rewarding.
Margaret L. Kittelsen (1984, BS)
Industrial Engineer with Pall Corp. in Hauppauge, NY.
Ray DeFrese, Class of 1985
After receiving my degree in 1985, I attended Texas A&M University for graduate school. I switched majors to Mechanical Engineering and received a Master of Science degree in 1991, studying cryogenic materials. After pursuing a PhD for a while, I decided to get married and take a job in Houston working in the oil services industry. I currently live in Northern Virginia and work as an engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in West Bethesda, Maryland.
Ray DeFrese, Class of 1985
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Carderock Division
Ph: (301) 227-4105
Fax: (301) 227-1323
John C. Frayne (1985, BS)
Civil Engineer in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, and a part-time ski instructor at Thunder Ridge. He enjoys Enduros/cycling, and has two daughters (10 & 12).
Henry Glass (1985)
"I am project manager for permanent magnets for the Fermilab Recycler program. By the end of the summer we expect to have 350 gradient magnets ready for the new ring. I also supervise the magnet testing for the Main Injector, also nearing completion. I’ve learned enough about this business that I was asked to teach a one-week class on magnetic measurements at the US Particle Accelerator School in Austin this past January. Many more interesting projects await in the future."
Joseph Kacoyannakis, B.S. 1985
My most meaningful current activity is running www.elmiraheights.com.
Class of 1986
I am an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. I received my Ph.D. in 1986 with G. E. Brown as my advisor. Then I went to Germany to Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg as a postdoc. After that, I returned to Zagreb, my home town, to the Physics Department of Rudjer Boskovic Institute. During the period spent there, my research interests gradually turned towards what is still their present focus, namely the Schwinger-Dyson studies of mesons. At that time, I got married and by now have three children. Also, Yugoslavia fell apart during that period and Croatia became independent.
I have been visiting Stony Brook occasionally - in 1990, 1992, 1994 and now in 1999. Each time I was glad to see Stony Brook University advancing in every respect.
Gregory Liu (1986, BS)
Joined the Air Force after graduation and flew B-52s in the Gulf War. He is now with the FBI working in Lower Manhattan. He says that he's "followed an atypical career path for a Physics student, but 'F=MA' and 'V=IR' have held me in good stead in much of my work."
Daniel Rohrlich tells us:
"I’ve lived in Israel ten years already. Almost all that time I’ve been connected with Tel Aviv University in one way or another, working with Yakir Aharonov. Fred Goldhaber participated in some of the work.
Recently I’ve had a half-time research position there plus a half-time position teaching at an engineering college nearby. This arrangement has some chance of becoming permanent. I’ve been writing a book on quantum paradoxes with Aharonov and have become interested in quantum information theory.
(Class of ‘86, Advisor: Max Dresden)
Lawrence Scipioni (1986, BS)
My company manufactures ? ion beam systems, mainly for semiconductor industry companies. Doing R & D work with new ion sources for next generation tools.
Stuart Weiser (1986, BS)
Decided against a career in physics, instead going into international trade law. He is currently Counsel to the Vice Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, DC. He'd love to hear from his old classmates.
Bruce P. Abel, B.S. 1987
I am the portfolio manager for the Medical Fund, a mutual fund.
From Con Beausang
Hi, I was a Stony Brook graduate student in the physics department from January 1983 to July 1987. I did my degree on high spin gamma-ray spectroscopy working with Dave Fossan and his group in the Nuclear Structure Laboratory. Stony Brook has some very special memories for me, including a memorable snow storm when I met this girl Cindy, a musician, now my wife - a long story. After Stony Brook I postdoc'ed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before accepting a staff position at the University of Liverpool, U.K. This was great fun, being an Irishman living in England (honestly), and great physics, Liverpool being one of the world's leading centers for gamma-ray spectroscopy and detector design. While here we did some kick-ass physics on superdeformation, a rather exotic state of nuclear matter and I was intimately involved in the design, construction and running of the Eurogam array, at the time the world’s most sensitive gamma-ray spectrometer.
Two years ago my wife and I oscillated back across the Atlantic and I now hold a junior-faculty position at Yale, working in the Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory. Yale in general is great, for physics, for music, for sailing (I am the new faculty advisor for the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club. Onerous duties include regular dinner at Mory's). Since moving to Yale I have built up the YRAST Ball array, the largest university based gamma-ray spectrometer in the U.S., and probably the world. This spectrometer has been operational for just about a year now and physics results are beginning to roll off the press. I have also organized the first ever Yale Physics Olympics. This is an idea I developed in Liverpool based on a similar project I saw years before in Stony Brook (organized by Cliff Swartz). The Physics Olympics (not Olympiad) is a day-long experimental physics competition for teams of high school students. The idea is to enthuse the students and to show them that physics can be, and is, fun! During the day the students, working in teams of four, and using simple apparatus participate in a series of common-sense based physics experiments. At the end of the day the results are tabulated and the winning teams get to take home prizes to show off to their athletic department jock-friends. This year the Olympics has gone intercontinental with simultaneous competitions being held in Liverpool, U.K., Perth, Australia and Yale, U.S.A. (Class of ‘87)
Keith J. Bandura (1987, BS)
Teaching Physics and Math at Chester High School in Chester, NY.
Paul Halpern (1987, Ph.D.)
Working for the past 12 years as Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Spend time teaching undergraduates, doing research in complex systems and cosmology, and writing science books for popular audiences.
My latest book "The Pursuit of Destiny", a history of scientific prediction, will be published by Perseus Books in Fall 2000. Have a wife and 2 young boys and live near Philadelphia. My advisor at SBU was Max Dresden, a masterful teacher and mentor.
From Joe Montani
(Class of 1987, MSI)
A month after graduating in 1987 from the MSI Program, I drove across country in my VW Bus to take a job at Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona in Tucson where I immediately loved the climate. My work was in ‘site-testing’ of high mountains for suitability as new homes for the next generation of large telescopes in the continental US.
I developed portable instruments and software to detect and record microthermal turbulence over mountains in our airborne campaign, applying them in 35 pre-dawn missions flown over the 10,000 foot-plus sites in a V-tailed Beechcraft Bonanza. We then hoisted that same equipment up a 100-foot backpackable tower that we carted into the woods at the summit in order to sample the first 100 feet above the peak which the pilot sensibly would not dare fly through. We found the best site after two years and the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope and Submillimeter Telescope have been built. Both enjoy good seeing and dry conditions. The Large Binocular Telescope nears completion there using two 8.4 meter mirrors made by the inveterate innovator Roger Angel in a lab under the football stadium in Tucson.
Next I had a career in airborne Infrared astronomy at the Lunar and Planetary Lab in Tucson. We flew our FTS instrument frequently on the NASA Kuiper Airborne Observatory at 41,000 feet, above most water vapor, applying its high resolving power to issues of planetary atmospheres and to bright comets. It was a noisy, cold beast to work in and, after 25 years, it has been retired to dedicate funds to its successor, SOFIA, a nice, quiet, warm, Boeing 747.
Currently I am with the Spacewatch Project that searches for Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) and comets with a dedicated telescope on Kitt Peak. I am responsible for Optics and am one of four observers. So far in five years, I have discovered dozens of new NEAs and have to my name three new comet discoveries. In late 1999 my colleagues names an asteroid after me (7656: Joemontani).
On January 12 of this year, I discovered the first new comet of the 2000’s and it is called ‘2000Al (Montani)’. It is unusual in that it is very distant, reaching perihelion on or about July 15, 2000, at about 10.0 AU. Maybe it will get some study because it probably contains primordial material, not much processed by repeated trips into the warmth of the sun: the comet is always further from the sun than Saturn! Thus far in our refinement of our knowledge of its orbit, the orbit appears parabolic in form and so a period in years for the comet is not knows. It may be tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions of years.
ISpacewatch reaches to the outer solar system and has discovered 8 of the 16 known Centaurs as well as 7 Trans-Neptunian objects. Key to our success in this work are our wide-field coma correctors and CCD cameras, which I boast happy involvement with.
Stony Brook and the MSI program have been ‘instrumental’ to me in my daily (and nightly) work. I thank my lucky starts for that opportunity to get a little intensive study and practice before winging off to the next mountaintop. My sincerest and deepest appreciation to Hal Metcalf for master-minding that Master’s program! Kudos!
Leslie J. Sage, Class of ‘87
is currently the Astronomy Editor for Nature. (Advisor: Phil Solomon)
Rainer Schicker, 1987
I finished my degree in the Nuclear Structure Laboratory in 1987 with Peter Braun-Munzinger. After two postdoc years at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, I moved to GSI Darmstadt, the German National Center for heavy ion research. Subsequently I spent a few years on Aphrodites Island, also known under the name of Cypress. I’m currently back at GSI collaborating on the HADES experiment. At the heart of this experiment are medium modifications of light vector mesons. Stay tuned: soon you’ll hear more about Brown-Rho scaling from this side of the Atlantic!!! (Advisor: Peter Braun-Munzinger)
Wenbing Yun (1987, PhD)
Wenbing Yun, President and Co-founder, and Steve Wang, PhD 1998, are involved in a new company XRadia making laboratory-based x-ray microscopes for integrated circuit failure analysis. For more information, visit www.xradia.com.
John Arabadjis, B.S. 1988
I have a position at the University of Michigan in the Astronomy Department.
David Corsetti, B.S. 1988
After graduating from the Brook, I got my M.A. in education at Teachers College at Columbia University. I taught physics and physical science at Martin Luther King HS in Manhattan for 2 years. Since the fall of ’91, I have taught HS in Raleigh, N.C. After teaching subjects like biology and physical science for awhile, I’ve moved into teaching all physics. I have won 2 teaching awards at my school and earned my National Certification in Science Teaching in November ’98. I am happily married and had a daughter this past July. My well rounded, in depth work in the Physics Department at Stony Brook has helped me immensely. Explaining concepts to high school-level kids requires solid mastery of ideas and problem-solving techniques. Stony Brook helped me master the ideas I need to teach and has given me the background to field all sorts of students’ questions.
Vincent M. Graziano, B.S. 1988
I am Vice President of the Segal Company in Boston.
Tina Kaarsberg (1988, Ph. D.)
Featured speaker at the Department Commencement ceremony on May 23. Tina is presently serving as a member of the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science.
Edward Pascuzzi (1988, BS)
Teaching AP Physics on Long Island. Ed reports that he recently took his students on a field trip to Brooklyn's Urban Glass. "Urban Glass is the world's only public access glass-making facility, and offers tours, courses at all levels and a fascinating gallery of hand-made glass artwork created by some of the world's finest artisans. Additionally, the subject of glassmaking is an ideal application of the properties of calorimetry (heat transfer), fluid flow (viscosity), as well as a host of other topics in physics."
Diana Murray (1989, BS)
Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology at Cornell University.
Rob Salgado (Math and Physics 1989)
Frank Signorello, B.S., 1989
I am presently in an Ed.D. Program at Queens College. I was a high school physics teacher for 5 years at East New York High School and for the last 5 years I have been a staff developer and coordinator at the New York Hall of Science. I am teaching a museum studies course at Queens College in the spring and am active in my local school board. I am thinking of running for School Board member in the fall of 2001. My campaign will involve pushing for a change in science curricula on the elementary level. I also coordinate the NYC Public Middle School Science Fair that is City-wide.
David Storch (1989, BS)
Math/Physics Teacher at Northport High School, NY.
Harald Ade (Ph. D. 1990)
Harald is this year’s recipient of the Heinrich Award of the Microanalysis Society of America. Harald is Associate Professor at North Carolina State University. This award, given to researchers below 40 years of age, recognizes his work in X-ray spectromicroscopy of polymers, work he started while still at Stony Brook.
Mike Lisa (M.S., 1990)
I was a physics grad student at SUNYSB 88-90, where Johanna Stachel and Peter Braun-Munzinger turned me on to experimental heavy ion physics. I got a Masters degree before leaving for Michigan State (to be closer to my girlfriend) where I got my Ph.D. in 93.
Anyhow, after this I did a postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, and in 96 joined the faculty at Ohio State University.
I’m pretty heavy into an AGS experiment (E895) and one at RHIC (STAR).
Got married (not the same girl I left SUNYSB for) to a wonderful woman in 94, and we’ve now got two boys. Very soon they will have a little sister.
Thomas E. Lynch, Jr. (1990, BS)
Teaches High School Physics in Dix Hills, NY. He wrote and published "Advance Organizers: Physics," graphic organizers used to teach High School Physics.
Thomas E. Lynch, B.S. 1990
I teach science at Northport High School.
Joseph R. Colombo, B.S. 1991
I entered Stony Brook in 1987 at the age of 42 after a 25-year career as a performing musician. I have been teaching at West Islip since 1993. My wife is a special Ed teacher and also a SB graduate. We have two children: our daughter teaches math at Islip High School (also graduated SB!) and our son is a high school senior. My hobbies include family sings and plays together, sailing, putting small children behind large telescopes and I still gig on weekends for Lester Lanrin’s orchestra.
Eric Laenen (1992)
"I am a theoretical particle physicist at the Dutch National Institute for Nuclear & Particle Physics. I very much enjoyed my Stony Brook time and still enjoy going back on occasion."
Mike Andrews (1993, BS)
I am a member of the technical staff at Lucent Technology. I was real lucky to have gone to a school so strong in physics and with such a uniformly wonderful and inspiring teaching faculty!
Terry Heuring (1993, PhD)
Defense Department Fellow.
Dave Kary (1993, PhD)
Teaching introductory astronomy classes at Citrus College in Glendora, CA.
Jaehoon Yu (1993, PhD)
Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Texas, Arlington.
Alexander Kusenko (1994, Ph.D.)
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA.
Sergio Mendoza (1994, PhD)
"I graduated from Stony Brook in early '94, with a PhD thesis on particle physics under Jack Smith's guidance. The labor market in the field was extremely difficult at the time so I promptly decided to explore opportunities outside academics. To my satisfaction I found out how much the U.S. industry valued my scientific education at Stony Brook along with my Engineering background. I took a position as Research Scientist at Dragon Systems in Newton, MA, at the time the leader in Speech Recognition technology, where I could develop- along with a team of physicists, mathematicians, engineers, linguists- leading edge applied research.
Personal reasons lead my wife and me to head back to Chile after a while. I entered a different field: logistics and information technology. Becoming a manager and leading big improvements for two top retailers in Chile was also a fascinating experience.
But destiny had new challenges reserved for me-I've always loved learning new things where I can make contributions-so after five years devoted to IT and logistics, I accepted a new position as Vice President of Distribution and Revenue Management at Lan Chile, one of the top three airlines in Latin America. I lead a team of 120 people devoted to the optimization of revenue, a field that incorporates the important components of operations research, analysis and technology to support it.
With the help of specialized software and a reservations data warehouse, we are able to forecast the demand for any given flight in the future, monitor all competitor pricing actions, analyze historic market behavior and thus take the necessary capacity and pricing decisions in order to obtain the maximum revenue possible from the flight.
I hope my story sounds helpful to some students. If anybody wants to contact me for further information or advice I would be very happy to help: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ."
David C. Saccente (1994, BS)
Currently doing design for my own business, which designs and builds custom terrain vehicle accessories, such as oil coolers and gauges. My secondary work consists of engineering consulting for manufactured products to build a database. Also do pure design and CADD work for external machine houses. My hobby is designing and building radio controlled aircraft at ¼ scale.
William J. (Joey) Thompson (1994, Ph.D.)
Lucent Technologies, Kempton, Pa.
Joseph Weingartner (1994, BS)
Just finished my Ph.D. (August 1999) physics at Princeton. Now I’m a post doc at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Marya Doery (1995, PhD)
Marya Doery has a new internet software job in Connecticut, after her previous employer (also in internet software near the World Trade Center, was forced to make massive layoffs.)
Gerald Gwinner (1995)
"We have a pretty sizeable group of Stony Brook alumni here in Heidelberg and I was pleased to find out that the name ‘Stony Brook’ is well-known and respected here."
Brian Harris writes:
"I am currently a postdoctoral physicist in the High Energy Theory Group at Argonne National Laboratory. My Stony Brook education is serving me well and my respect for the place continues to grow. I’m looking forward to the alumni meeting in 2000!" (Class of ‘95, Advisor: Jack Smith)
Zhi-Yu Jiang (1995)
"I am finishing up a 3-year postdoc at SLAC working on SLD/SLC and am moving on to NASA Ames to work on super-computer R&D. I’m grateful to Stony Brook and wish her the best!"
From Mike Martin
Class of ‘95
I would like to announce that as of October 1, I am a career employee at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I am the Beamline Scientist for the infrared Beamlines at the Advanced Light Source facility here in Berkeley. This will continue the work I have done here for the past 1.25 years, now as a full staff member. I am pleased to have such an excellent position where I will be able to continue my research as well as collaborate with many other scientists as they come to use our IR beamlines.
Heather is now chief resident in her third and final year as a Family Practice Resident at the San Jose Medical Center. She received her M.D. from Stony Brook in 1996. In all likelihood, we will move closer to Berkeley when she completes her residency in June.
(Class of ‘95, Advisor: Laszlo Mihaly)
Christopher Q. Stevenson (1995, MAT)
Junior Systems Engineer, Amron Corp.
Tara Newman (1996, BS)
I teach Regents Physics, AP Chemistry, and Honors Chemistry at Hauppauge High School. I received my M.A. in Computers Education from Columbia University in 1998.
Daniel B. O’Sullivan (1996, BS)
After graduating from USB. I attended the University of Arizona where I enrolled on their atmospheric physics program. While at UA, I worked on several projects including the GPS/Met (Global Positioning Satellite Meteorology) and the Student Satellite Project, which studied lightning and an atmospheric phenomenon known as Sputes(?). Received Masters Degree on August, 1998. (My thesis paper is currently submitted to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society). After leaving the University of Arizona, I enrolled at St. John’s University School of Law where I am currently on my first year.
Leonid Rokhinson (1996, PhD)
Accepted an assistant professorship at Purdue University.
Kostas Skenderis (1996, PhD)
Accepted a full professorship at Amsterdam University.
John Janis (1997, BS)
I am currently starting my third year of graduate school at the University of Rochester. I have achieved my masters and am currently doing my thesis research. I am working on an experiment to produce a two species Bose-Einstein condensate. I have also done research on quantum non-demolition measurements of spin noise and the production of ultra-cold molecules from a Cs MOT and then exciting wave packets in them with a femtosecond laser.
Mark Pollack (1997, Ph.D.)
I was sad to hear about David Fox. I was in the last class he taught (1965) and thought he was great.
Christopher C. Realmuto (1997, BS)
I am working in the computer software industry, the 13th largest in US. They treat us well, give good benefits, plus we are expanding very rapidly. I am moving up in the organization rapidly. I plan on buying my own home, so it seems this "Florida-thing" is permanent for me. I wish everyone in the department well and look forward to hearing from you guys again.
Leonid Rokhinson (1997, PhD)
Accepted an Assistant Professor position at Purdue University, Department of Physics.
Paul Vaska, ‘97
I have been working as a research physicist for UGM Medical Systems, Inc. in downtown Philadelphia for the two years since my graduation from Stony Brook. This small company develops and commercially sells positron emission tomography (PET) scanners for clinical medical use - mainly whole-body cancer surveys but also cardiac and brain studies. The detectors in our scanners are large continuous plates of NaI (T1) coupled to arrays of photomultiplier tubes for event position determination. My position entails working partly on software, partly with experimental hardware and electronics in order to continuously improve the performance of the scanner while keeping costs competitive.
The work is generally interesting and challenging and involves many concepts of radiation and detector physics I learned as a graduate student in experimental nuclear physics. (Advisor: David Fossan)
Keith Carney (1998, BS)
Since graduating from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks with a Masters in Physics, has been working as a Research Analyst in physical oceanography at the UAF Institute of Marine Science. He loves living in Alaska, especially the outdoor activities. His goal is to become an Olympic long track speed skater (look for his name in 2006), but he also loves telemark skiing, ice fishing, hiking, and camping. "Cabin life up here is a little more rugged than what I ever expected to get used to, but running water is overrated, and outhouses never get backed up!"
Ilari Maasilta (1998, PhD)
At Jyvaskyla University in Finland.
James Mascarelli (1998, BS)
I am finishing my second semester as a graduate student at Colorado University, Boulder, where I am pursuing a master’s in aerospace engineering. I am currently doing research in the controls systems laboratory where I am investigating and modeling the tribology of the actuators that will be used on the next generation space telescope.
Having received my B.S. in physics at SUNYSB, opened up this opportunity I never knew was possible. I am grateful for all of the professors who pushed and guided me during my time at Stony Brook. I recently received an NSF Education Fellowship and next year I will be involved in the local high schools assisting students to learn about the relevance of science and its applications.
Christopher Naylor (1998, BS)
I work at the Collider Accelerator Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory as an operator in the Main Control Room of the Accelerator Complex.
Cheers from Jeffrey M. Sears, ‘98
I completed my Ph.D. studies in March, 1998. In my research, I used the techniques of high-spin gamma-ray spectroscopy to investigate collective rotational properties of Sn, Te, and Xe nuclei in the mass-110 region.
Towards the end of my studies, I decided to pursue a most unusual course for a physicist: I applied to law school. My decision was motivated by my interest in law and my desire to apply my physics background in a novel way. I am currently a first-year student in the JD program at the School of Law of New York University. While the curriculum does present its share of new challenges, the skills of analytic thinking which I learned in physics have proven quite useful in this endeavor as well. I eagerly anticipate being able to apply my technical expertise in the near future to the complex legal and scientific issues involved in patent litigation. (Advisor: David Fossan).
Steve Wang (1998, PhD)
Steve Wang along with Wenbing Yun (Pres. and Co-founder), PhD 1987, are involved in a new company XRadia making laboratory-based x-ray microscopes for integrated circuit failure analysis. For more information, visit www.xradia.com.
Hsiao-Wen Chen (1999, PhD)
Won a prestigious and highly competitive Hubble Fellowship from the Space Telescope Science Institute, to be taken at MIT.
Christopher Freigang (1999, BS)
Graduate student at Michigan State University.
Richard Gross (1999, BS)
Pursuing a graduate degree in Chemistry at Stony Brook.
Jianzhong (John) Jiang (1999, PhD)
Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Homeland Security and Professional Services of Lockheed Martin Information Technology in Washington, DC.
Mike Dafferner (2000, BS)
Satellite Controller with Sirius Satellite Radio.
Kunal Das (2001, PhD)
Postdoc at the University of Arizona, Tucson, working on quasi-one-dimensional Bose condensates with Marvin Girardeau and Ewan Wright.
Svetoslav Dimov (2001, BS)
Doing graduate work in Physics at Cornell University.
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