Our alumni are scientists, engineers, and professionals in medicine, law, and business. Recent alumni have gone straight to the workplace in local technical companies and international corporations. Others have gone to graduate programs in physics, oceanography, materials science, and many types of engineering, including aerospace, biomedical, electrical, mechanical, nuclear, and optical engineering.

Some Recent JCU Physics Department Alums

Jon McCandless, BS Engineering Physics, 2016: Jon was an intern at General Motors for 3 summers while at JCU. He participated in the 3-2 Engineering Program with Case Western Reserve University, earning a BS in Electrical Engineering to go with his BS from JCU. Now Jon works at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, in the Aerospace Components & Subsystems Technology Division within the Sensors Directorate.

TJ Sauer, BS Physics (minor in Math) 2015: TJ did summer research in the JCU Physics department studying biomedical imaging with Prof. Tian, and was able to present his work at an international conference. It took him only 3 years to obtain his degree at JCU. He is now in the Medical Physics graduate program at Duke University.

Ben Vietmeier, BS Engineering Physics 2013: Ben held several internships during JCU years. He is currently a Sales Engineer at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. in Pittsburgh area and recently started an MBA degree program.

Andrew McElroy, BS Interdisciplinary Physics 2013: Andrew did summer research in the JCU Physics department studying the transport properties of novel energy materials with Prof. Dyck. In subsequent summers he won nationally competitive summer research positions at University of Michigan and Purdue University. He is currently pursuing an MD at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Katie (Knox) Emling, BS Engineering Physics 2011:  While at JCU, Katie was a member of SPS, Sigma Pi Sigma, women’s basketball, and won a nationally competitive summer research position at Penn State U. After graduation, she obtained an MS in Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, she serves as an Energy Advisor and Analyst for the Virtual Energy Engineering Services (VEES) team at Consumers Energy in Jackson, MI

Marie (Pinti) Fuest, BS Physics 2010: Marie performed summer research in the JCU physics department on fabrication and characterization of alumina and titania nanofibers. The project ultimately lead to a journal publication. She obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University, funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She is now a Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.

Paul Quayle, BS Physics 2007: Paul did summer research in the JCU Physics department studying the magnetotransport properties of spintronic materials with Prof. Dyck. He obtained a PhD in Physics from Case Western Reserve University, and is now a Research Engineer with Kyma Technologies in Raleigh, NC, performing R&D on semiconductor devices.