Category: Academic

Non-Technical Audience – Physics Example

Research Magazine 2013
Research Magazine 2013

Jennifer Donovan teaches the workshop “Writing for a Non-Technical Audience” at Kasetsart University in Thailand. She uses examples from Michigan Tech, such as the news site, Michigan Tech Magazine, and Michigan Tech Research Magazine. Donovan writes:

I pass around copies of both magazines. Professor Bob Nemiroff on the cover of the Michigan Tech Research magazineThe 2013 research magazine cover–showing Physics Professor Bob Nemiroff in a bar, holding up a cognac bottle labeled “space time” and a brandy snifter–particularly intrigues them. “It’s about astrophysics,” I say. ”Professor Nemiroff is an astrophysicist who has done research showing that space time is smooth like cognac rather than frothy and bubbly like beer (the popularly held belief). You see, that’s how to make hard science interesting. Who could resist reading that story?”

Read more at Tech Goes to Thailand: The Write Way by Jennifer Donovan.

New Physics Faculty Ramy El Ganainy

Ramy El GanainyRamy El-Ganainy, PhD

Ramy El-Ganainy joins the Department of Physics as assistant professor. He comes to Michigan Tech from the University of Toronto, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics.

El-Ganainy received his PhD in Optics and Photonics and MS in Optics from the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida. He also received an MS in Electromagnetics and BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Cairo University.

El-Ganainy’s work has been published in Optics Express, New Journal of Physics and International Journal of Theoretical Physics. He is a member of the Optical Society, International Society of Optics and Photonics and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His research experience includes theory and applications of non-Hermitian optics, quantum effects inside photonic crystal structures and optical nonlinearities in interaction nano-suspensions.

Read more at Tech Today.

Ran Duan is an Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient

Ran DuanRan Duan, who is a PhD candidate in Engineering Physics, is a Fall 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. Ran was nominated by the Department of Physics and recognized for his accomplishments by the Graduate School at Michigan Tech.

A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Research Colloquium Banquet that is held in the spring.

Matt Beals is an Outstanding Scholarship Award Recipient

Matthew BealsMatthew Beals, who is a PhD candidate in Atmospheric Sciences, is a Fall 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Scholarship Award. Matt was nominated by the Department of Physics and recognized for his accomplishments by the Graduate School at Michigan Tech.

A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Research Colloquium Banquet that is held in the spring.

Debasis Datta Inducted into CSA Academy 2013

Dr. Debasis Datta was inducted into Michigan Technological University’s Academy of Sciences and Arts on September 13, 2013. Datta graduated with a PhD in Physics from Michigan Technological University in 1994. His research work at Tech resulted in ten publications in American Physical Review. Following the completion of his postdoctoral work, he started his career in Information Technology in 1996 as a software engineer in the IT services industry. During his 16 year IT career, Debasis worked at DaimlerChrysler, PeopleSoft, Oracle and General Motors Corporation where he is currently employed.

Read more from the Dean’s Comments at the 2013 induction ceremony.


Debasis Datta at CSA Academy
Ravi Pandey, Devashree Datta, Debasis Datta, and Donald Beck

Photos of Cantrell’s Distinguished Professor Ceremony

Last spring Will Cantrell was named a 2013 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year by the President’s Council, State Universities of Michigan. Cantrell was recognized for his outstanding contributions and dedication to the education of undergraduate students.

The President’s Council has posted a photo gallery of the award presentation event, which included Michigan Tech Provost Max Seel and co-recipients of the award.

Learn more about teaching award recipients from the Department of Physics at Michigan Tech.

Group Presentation

Jaszczak Publishes on Nanotech Innovations

Journal of Nano EducationProfessor John Jaszczak (Physics), former undergraduate student Echoe Bouta, and Professor of Practice Mary Raber (Institution for Interdisciplinary Studies) published a paper “Nanotech Innovations Enterprise at Michigan Technological University” in the latest edition of Journal of Nano Education, which is a special issue commemorating ten years of National Science Foundation funding of Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education programs.

From Tech Today.

Visit Nanotech Innovations

Alum Bhabana Pati Visited on Friday

Jacek Borysow and Bhabna Pati
Jacek Borysow and Bhabana Pati

Dr. Bhabana Pati visited the department on Friday, July 12, 2013. Bhabna graduated in 1997 with a Ph.D. after working with Dr. Jacek Borysow as a “laser junkie.” She developed the single mode tunable titanium sapphire laser and subsequently tunable ultraviolet laser via sum frequency generation in a non-linear crystal.

Today she is a principal scientist at Q-Peak Co. and still a “laser junkie,” trying among many other things to shoot lasers at the Moon to find out its composition via Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy.

Will Cantrell on Best Professors

Associate Professor Will Cantrell (Physics) is quoted in an article about how to find the best professors, published on the web site See Online Schools.

From Tech Today.

The Faculty Factor: How to Pick the Best Professors

Learning that takes place outside of the classroom is also equally important, and frequent interaction with professors can lead to greater gains in personal development and general education knowledge, the study found. It’s all about having a professor who is accessible.

“If you can go to a professor’s office and ask him or her for help, you will be able to learn a lot more,” says Will Cantrell, an associate professor of physics at Michigan Technological University. “A lot of university-level material is difficult. You probably will get stuck on something. There’s no substitute for having someone who has already mastered the material help you get unstuck.”

When you’re looking for a new dentist or hair dresser, it’s almost a no-brainer that you get the word-of-mouth before you’re sitting in the chair and it’s too late. The same can go for professors. When shopping for classes, ask current students in your area of study for recommendations on teachers they’ve liked.

“Talk to other students. There is no substitute for this,” says Cantrell. “Ask other students what classes they liked, and more importantly, why they liked those classes and professors. Take classes from professors that helped students learn, not just the ones who were easy.”

Read more on Education Debate at Online Schools.