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Recent Graduates and Notable Alumni
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 (UMN). Mike is now a graduate student at UMN, working on the equation of state for neutron star cores.
Evan Moen graduated in 2014 and is also a graduate student at UMN now.
Adam Feigum graduated from UND in 2014 with a B.S. in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. He took the opportunity to gain experience in the Aerospace/Defence industry while working as an intern for Alliant Techsystems (ATK) in Summer 2013. He is now a Materials Science researcher at General Mills.
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.
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 & E nvironmental Research Center (EERC), where he develops experimental apparatus and analytical techniques relating to carbon capture, geological sequestration, mercury monitoring, and flue gas simulators.
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.
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.