April 27, 2015 at 11:04 am

Physics & Astronomy Alumni News 2000-2009

Hamad Al-Brithen, Ph.D. 2004. and his family live in Saudia Arabia where he is a Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at King Saud University, and also associated with the King Abdulah Institute for Nanotechnology at the same uUniversity as well as the National Center for Nano Technology at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, all in Riyadh. Al-Brithen did his doctoral research with Art Smith.

Kendal Clark, M.S. 2005, stayed at Ohio University and earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2010 under the direction of Savas Kaya and working in collaboration with Saw Hla. Clark then took a successful postdoctoral position at Oak Ridge and is now an Assistant Professor of Physics in Central Methodist University in Fayette, MS.

Costel Constantin, Ph.D. 2005, and Anca Constantine, Ph.D. 2004, are both Assistant Professors (Physics and Astrophysics) at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where they
live with their daughter Mia. Costel investigates oxide and nitride materials and did his doctoral research with Art Smith. Anca did her doctoral research with Joe Shields.

Aparna Deshpande, Ph.D. 2006, is now an Assistant Professor in India (IISER, Pune). She has set-up an impressive low temperature UHV STM lab there. She did her doctoral research in surface science with Saw Hla.

Muhammad Baseer Haider, Ph.D. 2005 lives with his wife and their two children in Dhahran, Saudia Arabia, where he is an Assistant Professor of Physics at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). Prior to his appointment at KFUPM in 2009, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow under a joint appointment of the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology. Muhammad did his doctoral research with Art Smith.

Aurangzeb Khan, Martin Kordesch, and Saima Khan,

Aurangzeb Khan, Martin Kordesch, and Saima Khan

Dr. Aurangzeb Khan, Ph.D. 2007 and Dr. Saima Khan, Ph.D. 2008, returned to Athens to visit family and the Physics & Astronomy Department including their thesis adviser, Marty Kordesch. Dr. A Khan is an associate professor and Dr. S Khan is an assistant professor, both in the Physics Department at the University of Tabuk, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia. Their Athens relatives include our recent doctoral student, Dr. Sajida Khan PhD’14.

Mark E. Little, Ph.D. 2001, holds the position of Semiconductor Manufacturing Engineer with Honeywell Aerospace in Plymouth, MN. He did his doctoral research
with Marty Kordesch.

Catalin Matei, Ph.D. 2005, and his wife, Violeta Iancu, Ph.D., 2006, now both have permanent positions at the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) which is located in Romania and covers a broad range of multi-disciplinary science with intense lasers. Catalin reports that on the nuclear physics side, ELI is planning to build a “super HIGs” gamma-ray facility. Violeta is in the Applied Physics Department, while Catalin is in the Nuclear Physics Department. Violeta did her doctoral research in surface science with Saw Hla, while Catalin’s doctoral research in experimental nuclear physics was directed by Carl Brune.

Deepshikha Shukla, Ph.D. 2006, reports that she is now in her third year at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Her responsibilities mainly involve teaching undergraduate Physics courses and some service and research. She has been quite active in outreach activities involving middle school girls (with two grants from the American Association of University Women – AAUW; one of them as PI). Her most notable achievement—decreasing the DWF (Ds, Ws, Fs) in introductory algebra-based Physics from more than 30 percent to less than 20 percent. Her husband, Shaleen Shukla, Ph.D. 2008, is also working in a similar position at UNC-Greensboro. They have a 3.5-year-old son, Neelay! Deepshikha did her doctoral research in nuclear theory with Daniel Phillips, while Shaleen did his doctoral research in nuclear physics with Steve Grimes.

Rong Yang, Ph.D. 2006, lives in Beijing with her husband Wei and son Lingyu (now in his first year of high school) and is a research scientist at the National Center for Nanoscience & Technology, studying semiconductor nanomaterials and their biomedical applications. She did her doctoral research with Art Smith.

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