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Michael Mullen graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2014 with a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics. During his undergraduate career he earned many awards and scholarships, worked as a teaching assistant, and took part in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Minnesota. Mike is now a graduate student at UMN, working on the equation of state for neutron star cores.
Dr. Sherry Fieber-Beyer obtained her M.S. in Physics at UND in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Earth System Science and Policy in 2010. Sherry is a Jamestown, ND native and was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at The University of North Dakota. As of July 2014, she is a NASA-funded post-doctoral research scientist in UND's Space Studies Department. The International Astronomical Union has named an asteroid (14825) Fieber-Beyer in her honor.
Lisa (Qijuan) Li obtained her M.S. in Physics at UND in 2002. She went on to become a medical physicist at Kaiser Permanente in California. Her responsibilities including maintaining and calibrating a linear accelerator used for radiation therapy for cancer patients.
Blaise Mibeck obtained a M.S. degree in Physics from the University of North Dakota in 1999. He worked as a consultant at Problem Solver from 2005-2010, and as an adjunct lecturer at UND from 2011-2012. Since 2002, Blaise has also been a Research Scientist at UND's Energy Environmental Research Center (EERC), where he develops experimental apparatus and analytical techniques relating to carbon capture, geological sequestration, mercury monitoring, and flue gas simulators.
Brian Moritz obtained his M.S. in 1997 and his Ph.D. in 2000. Dr. Moritz is a Staff Scientist in the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences ( SIMES ) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics and Astrophysics at the University of North Dakota . He uses a number of numerical techniques , including exact diagonalization, quantum Monte Carlo, and dynamical mean-field theory, to study the behavior of various models for strongly correlated materials and simulate different spectroscopies, including photoemission , Raman spectroscopy, and resonant x-ray scattering . He currently focuses on understanding the physics revealed by time-resolved , pump-probe experiments, including those performed using the soft x-ray ( SXR ) end-station at the Linac Coherent Light Source ( LCLS ). Brian is a member of the Time-Resolved Spectroscopies research team of the Computational Materials and Chemical Sciences Network ( CMCSN ) and recently served as a Basic Energy Sciences representative on the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center ( NERSC ) Users' Group Executive Committee ( NUGEX ).
Ben Larson received a B.A. in physics in 1963 from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota; an M.S. in physics from the University of North Dakota in 1965; and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Missouri in 1970. He held positions of group leader, section head, and distinguished staff scientist in the Condensed Matter Sciences Division at ORNL and is currently a member of the Materials Science and Technology Division. He has earned an international reputation as a leader in the development and application of X-ray diffraction for fundamental investigations of the properties of materials. In 1985, Larson received the Bertram Warren Diffraction Physics Award for pioneering nanoscale time-resolved X-ray diffraction studies of pulsed-laser melting in semiconductors. He pioneered work in the use of X-ray diffuse scattering for investigating radiation-induced defects in materials and performed forefront research in inelastic X-ray scattering, determining the impact of band structure on the dynamical response of electrons in metals and strongly correlated oxides. Larson also co-developed submicron-resolution three-dimensional X-ray microscopy technology for investigating the microstructure of materials on mesoscopic length scales. He was named a corporate fellow in 2003.
Hassaan Alkhatib earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of North Dakota. He completed his Medical Physics Residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Alkhatib is now a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Radiology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC, and he has been performing Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at the Palmetto Health Gamma Knife Center since 1999.
Scott Crockett obtained his B.S. in 1999 and his M.S. in 2001 in Physics at UND. Since 2001 he has been a physicist in the T-1 Group in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His primary duty is to deduce equations of state of materials at very high temperatures and pressures by combining theory, simulation, and experiment, which is important in shock physics and nuclear weapons. Scott is also an adjunct professor in Physics at UND.
Russell Lefevre received his B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. At Hughes Aircraft Company, he was the lead engineer for the first Navy airborne multi-mode radar. At Technology Service Corporation, his activities included identifying advanced technologies, performing R&D on promising new applications, developing business opportunities and strategies, and organizing proposal activities. He was largely responsible for receiving over 80 Small Business Innovations Research awards. During 2001, Dr. Lefevre was an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow serving as Science Advisor to Senator Jay Rockefeller. He was the Senate Staff person responsible for organizing the activity leading to the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership program to make a significant improvement in K-12 education. He sits on the Exxon-Mobile Community Advisory Panel in Torrance and is a board member of the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center. He was a member and chair of city of Torrance's Water Commission. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Lefevre was personally responsible for inclusion of the Noyce Scholarships that provide scholarships for college students who major in a technical field and commit to teaching two years for each year of support in a Title 1 K-12 school.
Isaac O'Bryant received his M.S. at UND in 2008. As of 2015, he is now an electron microscopist at Hitachi High Technologies America in Portland, OR.
Janardan Pokharel received his M.S. at UND in 2002. He is now a faculty member at Aaniiih Nakoda College in Montana.
Aaron Kempenich is an alumnus of the Department and he is currently a medical physicist at Altru in Grand Forks.
Chris Reese received a M.S. in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics at UND in 1994. He went on to get a Ph.D. at New Mexico State University in 1998. Dr. Reese is now a faculty member at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL.
Dr. Harold Hjalmarson, a graduate of Cavalier High School, obtained his B.S. in Physics at UND in 1972, and his M.S. (1974) and Ph.D. (1979) in Physics at the University of Illinois. He did a brief postdoc at the National Renewal Energy Laboratory. He is now a research scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. He is interested in modeling electrical breakdown and radiation damage.
Allan W. Bjerkaas holds a bachelor's degree with a double major in physics and mathematics from the University of North Dakota, and a master's degree and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Bjerkaas joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in 1973 after completing a two-year postdoctoral appointment at the University of Pittsburgh. While at the Applied Physics Laboratory, Bjerkaas was a Project Manager in the Submarine Technology Department and a Group Supervisor in both the Submarine Technology Department and the Research and Technology Development Center. Since the mid-1970s he has taught in the part-time graduate programs that Johns Hopkins has offered for working engineers. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1992. Bjerkaas has been the Chair for the Applied Physics and the Information Systems and Technology programs. In 2001, he became the Associate Dean for the Engineering for Professionals (EP) programs in the Whiting School of Engineering, a position he held full-time after retiring from the Applied Physics Laboratory in Feb. 2005 until he retired from the Whiting School of Engineering in Sept. 2010. He now resides in Fergus Falls, Minn., and continues to teach online courses for EP.
Jay Bjerkaas was born in Little Sauk, MN and attended the University of North Dakota from 1927 to 1929 as a physics major. The Jay & Marie Bjerkaas Scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding physics major from Minnesota or North Dakota.
C. J. Karzmark (1920–2005) was born in Casselton, ND, and attended the University of North Dakota, majoring in physics. He received his Ph.D. in 1952 from the University of Indiana in the field of nuclear physics, and went on to pioneer the use of linear accelerators for medical physics. He became a Professor Emeritus of Radiation Oncology at Stanford University.
Pearl I. Young attended Jamestown College and the University of North Dakota, graduating in 1919 with honors, a Phi Beta Kappa key and a triple major in physics, chemistry and mathematics. She became one of the few female physicists hired by the University to teach physics at the time. In 1922 Young was hired as a physicist by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and in 1929 she was appointed as the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory's Chief Technical Editor. She established a "new" office, hired staff and formed the research reports and offical documents that communicated the extraordinary technical accomplishments of Langley. Over her twenty eight years at the NACA and NASA, Young helped define the public image of the NACA and influenced the way aeronautical engineers throughout NACA (now NASA) communicate their ideas.