We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments! Below you can read about some of our recent graduates and what they are currently doing. Please feel free to contact and ask them about their experience at the Department of Physics at Saint Joseph’s University.

Zachery Brown ’17

Zachery BrownI worked in the laboratory of Piotr Habdas studying properties of dense colloidal suspensions.  Using various microscopy techniques I studied dynamics of colloidal particles with varying inter-particle attraction strength.  Currently, I am pursuing a doctorate degree at the Department of Physics at the University of Rochester.  I am interested in condensed matter possibly conducting research in quantum devices.

Gregory Hogan ’16

Gregory HoganJust recently (May 2017) I graduated from College of William & Mary with a Masters of Science in Business Analytics. Currently I am employed at IBM as a Research Analyst at the federal government’s Rocket Center facility.  I am working on a two projects, one which deals with government fraud, and another one that I was specially chosen for which is a project for the analysis and closures of US based nuclear power plants. My UG degree in physics, along with masters level work made me perfect for the job and particularly for that assignment.

Ryan Stull ’15

My name is Ryan and I graduated from Saint Joseph’s in 2015, where I majored in Physics and Computer Science. While at Saint Joe’s I learned about physics, computers, and mathematics. However, the most important thing I learned, was to push myself; and that work ethic is something that has helped me in every aspect of my life. Currently I’m working at Bottomline Technologies in the CyberFraud and Risk Management department as a Software Implementation Engineer. My responsibilities include customizing and adding functionality to our software products to meet the needs of our clients, to ensure the security of their financials.

Sebastian Hurtado Parra ’15

My name is Sebastian Hurtado Parra and I double majored in Physics and Mathematics. Currently, I am a third-year physics graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. My research interests lie in solid state physics. As a member of the Kikkawa lab at Penn I have recently been studying the electronic structure of two-dimensional crystals via optical methods. Feel free to email me if you have any questions at hseb@sas.upenn.edu.

John Mike Devany ’14

Currently, I’m a first-year medical student at PCOM (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine). I’m involved in the Wisely Surgical Association, Oncology Club, and the Emergency Medicine Club. I am an Anatomy TA and am about to start volunteering at Lankenau Medical Center. I’m also looking to participate in a research project over the summer. I am the first one from left in the picture above taken with my research colleagues. If you have any questions feel free to email me at johnmichaelde@pcom.edu.

Martin Iwanicki ’14

I am currently a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. I am a member of two laboratories, where one focuses on understanding the biophysical principles of protein engineering and the other focuses on developing advanced optical probes for imaging applications. My current work is an interdisciplinary project which involves engineering neuronal optical voltage-sensing probes using synthetic proteins. The goal of the project is to create a novel technology that could provide a better insight of the relationship between neural circuitry and complex behavior and establish an improved understanding of how the brain functions. I can be contacted at iwanicki@mail.med.upenn.edu.

Lisa Mariani ’14

I am in my fourth year of the PhD program and on NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program. I am currently in classes, a TA, and conducting research. My advisor is Kevin Turner and our lab focuses on the mechanics of materials. My research is focused on the mechanics of cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs), which are biodegradable fibers that have potential applications as thin films and nanofiller materials in composites. I am probing the fracture mechanics of CNF-plastic composites, neat thin film preparation and residual stress effects, and the adhesion of neat thin CNF films to plastics (ex. PS and PMMA) using colloidal probe atomic force microscopy. I have also partnered with the STEM program at St. Charles Borromeo Parish School in Cinnaminson, NJ and will be leading STEM demonstrations to the students and participating in their STEM fair in the spring. I can be reached at lmariani@seas.upenn.edu.

Gianna Valentino ’14

I am working in the Mechanical Engineering department at Johns Hopkins University on a project split discipline between materials science and mechanical engineering. I am working on fabricating and characterizing metal thin films for MEMS applications in extreme environments (i.e high temperature and long operating lifetime). We limit our scope to nickel-based superalloys and want to optimize for high density, strength and low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) to be used for high temperature applications. More specifically, I am working on non-contact CTE testing setup to ensure dimensional stability at these high temperatures. Feel free to contact me at gvalent6@jhu.edu.