Colloquia & Seminars

Jinni Meehan
Colloquium - Building the Nation’s Resilience Against Space Weather Storms

Speaker: Jinni Meehan, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Host: USU Women and Minorities in Physics Group

March 14, 2023 | Tuesday | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | SER 244

Bio: Jinni received her PhD from Utah State University. Currently Jinni is the National Space Weather Program Manager at National Weather Service (NWS) headquarters, managing the space weather service programs of the NWS, and serves as a space weather subject matter expert on behalf of the NWS. 

Jinni works directly with NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center on issues related to global, national, regional, and local policy, products, and services. She serves as a member of several teams, committees, review panels, and interagency technical committees.
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John Villarrubia
Colloquium - TBA

Speaker: John Villarrubia, National Institute of Standards and Technologies
Host: J.R. Dennison 

March 21, 2023 | Tuesday | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Bio: John Villarrubia is a physicist and project leader in the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Division of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received a B.S. in Physics from Louisiana State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University. At Cornell he helped to build the first time-resolved high-resolution electron energy loss spectrometer.  At IBM as a postdoc, he did early scanning tunneling microscopy work that produced atomic-resolution images of Cl-modified Si surfaces. At NIST he contributed to the Molecular Measuring Machine project. He is a fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences, recipient of three Nyyssonen Metrology best paper awards, a Nanotech Briefs Nano50 Technology Award, and Dept. of Commerce Silver and Gold medals.

Leda Sox
Colloquium - Physics Careers in Applied Research

Speaker: Leda Sox, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Host: USU Women and Minorities in Physics Group 

March 28, 2023 | Tuesday | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Bio: Leda Sox got her PhD at Utah State University. She is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Tech Research Institute where she is subject matter expert in atmospheric phenomenology and remote sensing. 

Jeff Shainline
Colloquium - TBA

Speaker: Jeff Shainline, National Institute for Standards and Technology
Host: T.-C. Shen 

April 4, 2023 | Tuesday | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Bio: Jeff Shainline explores technologies leveraging the complimentary physics of light and electronics. He is particularly interested in the exploration of superconducting optoelectronic networks for achieving large-scale spiking neural networks. 
Jeff received the B.S. degree in physics from the University of Colorado and his Ph.D. degree from Brown University. He joined the Quantum Nanophotonics Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado in 2013. At NIST he leads the Physics and Hardware for Intelligence project.

Allen Andersen
Colloquium - TBA

Speaker: Allen Andersen, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Host: JR Dennison 

April 11, 2023 | Tuesday | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m

Bio: Allen Andersen got his PhD at Utah State University working with the Material Physics Group. He is currently a Natural Space Environments Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research areas include space environments and their interactions with materials, especially spacecraft charging and electrostatic discharge (ESD). He also serves as the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Young Professionals (YP) Group Secretary.

Galan Moody
Colloquium - TBA

Speaker: Galan Moody, University of Southern California Santa Barbara
Host: T.-C. Shen 

April 18, 2023 | Tuesday | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Bio: Galan joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UCSB as an Assistant Professor in 2019 and is a member and thrust co-lead of the UCSB NSF Quantum Foundry. He received his PhD in Physics and his BSc in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on fabricating and characterizing integrated quantum photonic devices and quantum materials relevant for quantum information processing, communications, and metrology, including 2D materials, semiconductor quantum dots, and hybrid quantum systems.


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