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Kate (Denning) Gaudry (2002)
Patent Scientist
Knobbe Martens Olsons and Bear LLP
San Diego, CA

After graduating from FHSU, I began working on my Ph.D. in computational neurobiology at the University of California, San Diego. I applied my physics knowledge and computer programming skills to create computational models and analyze neurological experimental data to address neural coding questions. After graduate school, I began work as a patent scientist at Knobbe Martens Olsons and Bear LLP. I participate in patent prosecution across subjects, including optics, biotechnology and nanotechnology. My knowledge and skills learned at FHSU were valuable both as a graduate student and as a patent scientist.


Blake Eisenhour (2008)
Operations & Maintenance Technician
NAES Corporation
Hays, KS

NAES is a leading provider of proven, cost-effective, third-party operations and maintenance (O&M) services. We produce more than 35,000 MW of power worldwide. In the last year Midwest Energy built a brand new, state of the art, 62 Million dollar facility outside of Hays and contracted NAES to operate and maintain the new plant. The timing of my graduation and the plant opening was perfect, and I am working my way up to a successful career in the energy field. I would like to offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to FHSU and particularly the FHSU physics department and faculty. The education I obtained from FHSU has benefited me greatly, allowed me to reach my goals and utilize my knowledge in a field that I am passionate about. I feel that my success in the workforce is due in large part to the education I received from the FHSU Physics Department. The faculty has given me the ability to better use my problem solving and critical thinking skills that I now depend on every day at my new profession.

Joan Dreiling (2008)
Graduate Student
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

In fall 2008, I started a Ph.D. program in physics at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. While at FHSU, I completed two internships: University of Colorado, Boulder - Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA - Science Undergraduate Laboratory. These were crucial in confirming my desire to obtain a graduate education in physics. They provided me with additional lab experience and increased confidence in my ability to conduct scientific research. I was involved in Society of Physics Students, Astronomy Club, MACS Club, and Sigma Pi Sigma, Kappa Mu Epsilon and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. These activities gave me the opportunity to become more involved with other students and faculty and to participate in activities designed to share physics with younger students. Partially because of these experiences, I have decided that I will likely pursue a career in education.


Tyler Habiger (2004)
Project Engineer
McPherson, KS

In 2002, I completed the first half of the 3-2 program at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) and received my physics degree in 2004. During my time at FHSU, I was involved with superconductor research. I also completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer internship at the University of Arizona researching and developing organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). After completing the second half of the 3-2 program, I worked as the foreman of a construction crew on a multi-million dollar project for the Army Corp of Engineers. In 2006, I took a position as a production supervisor for Hospira’s pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in McPherson, Kansas. During my time as a supervisor, I oversaw as many as 70 people and 10 different manufacturing lines. I am currently a project engineer for Hospira.


C.D. Clark (2004)
Research Assistant
Northrop Grumman
San Antonio, TX

I am currently working for Northrop Grumman in San Antonio as a research assistant for the Air Force. My focus is computational physics. I am responsible for developing and maintaining various models used to solve problems in Electrodynamics and Thermodynamics. I have to thank Dr. Buffington for introducing me to the world of Linux and Computational Physics. My experience with both has given me a big advantage in the work place. I was also just accepted to the graduate program at the University of Texas in San Antonio, and plan to finish my Ph.D. in Physics in 3-4 years.


Matt Wood (2007)
Graduate Student
Texas A&M
College Station, TX

My success throughout college is due in large part to the physics department at FHSU. During my undergraduate education I was selected for three different research internships. I spent one summer at Kansas State University setting up a laser that would be used to splice optical fibers. The next summer I traveled to the Center for European Nuclear Research (CERN) outside of Geneva, Switzerland, where I was able to work on the largest physics experiment to date on earth. This past summer I traveled to Newport News, Va., where I worked with the polarized electron beam source group at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. The research I conducted there could be beneficial to many smaller polarized electron labs throughout the country. I am now attending graduate school at Texas A & M University working toward a Ph.D. in physics.


Justin Zohner (2002)
Research Physicist
San Antonio, TX

In Physics, new discoveries, challenges and opportunities are always just around the next corner. The degree I earned at Fort Hays State was just the starting point. From there, I've studied in a world-class graduate program and gone on to work for some of the leading companies in my field. Learning is a life-long journey. Taking the first step at Fort Hays State University ensured that I was on the pathway to success.

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