Recently, the Physics & Astronomy Department chatted with undergraduate Tessa McNamee about a number of things, including why she's a physics major and what makes the department special.
Physics graduate student, Henna Popli, was born in the vibrant city of New Delhi, India. She had an inquisitive mind from an early age and her family always supported her curiosity. This led to her fascination with science and technology. At the U, Popli studies how electron spins move around in condensed matter materials.
Oleg Starykh, professor of physics and astronomy, has been elected a fellow of the 2020 Class of Fellows for the American Physical Society (APS). The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise in physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.
While attending Reed College as a physics major, Aris Silzars knew he wanted to continue with his education and obtain an advanced degree. By chance, he happened to meet Professor B. Gale Dick, who taught physics at the University of Utah. Silzars applied to the U, along with other schools, but found the U gave him the best opportunity. "The late Dr. Dick was instrumental in getting me to come to Utah."
Armed with optimism and a degree in physics, Jim Kaschmitter BS’72, showed up for his first day on the job at Anaconda Copper’s Research Facility in Salt Lake City only to be told by his supervisor to go home because Chile had just nationalized its copper mines. Undeterred, Kaschmitter found a job with OmniLift Corporation, a Salt Lake City startup that was developing a new type of conveyor system in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the U. While working at the U, Kaschmitter bought one of the first Hewlett Packard HP25 calculators and became fascinated by computers. This fascination has led to a long and successful career in Silicon Valley.