PHYSICS ALUMNI OF THE MONTH

MAY 2014

Jackie Medford, B.S. Physics (Secondary Teaching Emphasis) and B.S. Earth Science (Secondary Teaching Emphasis) (2011), Teacher

I have a 23 year son, Nico and I am a proud mom. We are in the process of completing his higher education in music and proud to say, science as well. I am completing my second year teaching mathematics at North Valley Middle School in La Salle, Colorado. I am looking forward to preparing for my next year of teaching at NVMS. I enjoy incorporating science and physics into the curriculum because it creates a more engaging and meaningful environment for the students. I also coach Brain Bowl for NVMS, which is a huge honor and a total blast. I knew I would enjoy coaching, but not to the extent that I do. It is incredibly exciting to watch the teamwork and enthusiasm they show at the tournaments and for each other. Teaching is truly a life calling in which I can not only teach my content, but I can impact the lives of our future in a positive and meaningful way because I'm not going to work, I'm going to change lives....you can't beat that.

 

APRIL 2014

Aaron Adamson UNC Physics Alumn

Aaron Adamson, B.S. Physics (Teaching Emphasis) (2012), Engineer

Aaron Adamson studied physics at UNC from 2008-2012. During his time here, he worked on and led teams for the COSGC Robotics Challenge, received an Undergraduate Research Award for the development and construction of a large-scale kinematics demonstration (a 9 foot tall trebuchet) and worked on the ROCKSAT-X team to launch a suborbital re-entry experiment into space. He now resides in Parker, CO with his wife and daughter, and works for SEAKR Engineering as a Radiation Effects Engineer, studying the effects of cosmic radiation on spacecraft. He is pictured here with wife Kimberly at Haleakala Crater on Maui, which is the next best thing to visiting Mars.

 

MARCH 2014

Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson, B.S. Physics (Math Emphasis) and B.S. Math (2010), Inventor & Company Founder

Adam Wilson's company Orbotix made the top ten list of Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics. BAM!

 

FEBRUARY 2014

UNC Physics Alumni Guckers

Sarah Nowak Gucker, B.S. Physics (Engineering Emphasis) (2010), PhD Graduate Student
Dennis Gucker, B.S. Physics (Engineering Emphasis) (2010), Engineer

After completing their undergraduate studies in Greeley, Dennis and Sarah moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Sarah began graduate work in the University of Michigan’s Nuclear Engineering department. She is currently a PhD candidate studying atmospheric plasma physics for water purification as an NSF GRFP Fellow. Dennis began working at k-Space Associates, a metrology company that serves the thin film industry. He currently works at KSA as a Product Engineer and Project Manager. They welcomed their first child, Damien, into their family in 2012 and are currently expecting their second.

 

 

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