B.S., University of Minnesota
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Experimental particle physics, especially neutrinos.
I was born in Wisconsin and graduated from high school in Independence, WI in 1999. I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2003. I spent my sophomore year studying abroad at the University of Melbourne in Australia. While earning my PhD (2008) at The Ohio State University, I met my future wife Kelly. We were married on Dec. 12, 2009 while I was working as a postdoctoral researcher for Indiana University. After the wedding, we moved to Batavia, IL, where I was based at Fermilab while still working for IU. SDSM&T hired me in Aug. of 2013. I play the tuba in the SDSM&T Symphonic band, and I am probably most visible on campus as a professor who rides his bike to work all year round. I realize that science cannot tell us all we need to know about life and the universe, and I am an active member of The Well Church here in Rapid City.
I teach at many levels, from PHYS 211 (introductory mechanics) to graduate level courses in electromagnetism and dark matter. I also am active in public outreach, including events such as Neutrino Day at SURF, the Black Hills Science and Engineering Fair, and interviews on radio and television.