Fall 2013, University of Virginia, completed gifted education course: Developing & Implementing Curriculum for the Gifted (EDIS5046)
Fall 2012, University of Virginia, completed gifted education course: Introduction to Models and Strategies for Teaching the Gifted (EDIS5047)
Fall 2012, Awarded Virginia State Teaching License
Fall 2011, University of Virginia, completed gifted education course: Introductory Strategies for Gifted Education (EDIS5045)
Summer 2011, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, completed four education courses: Classroom Behavior Management (EDIC5774), Curriculum & Instructional Procedures (EDIC5774), Composition & Content Reading (EDIC5264), Foundations of Education (EDIC5774)
Summer 2010, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, competed one education course: Human Growth & Development (EDIC5774)
Summer 2009, Completed studies at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), 3.4 GPA
Summer 2007, Awarded Masters in Physics after successfully defending “Carbon Monoxide in Disks Around Young Stellar Objects”
Fall 2005, Began classes at University of Missouri-St. Louis working towards M.S. degree in Physics
Spring 2005, Graduated from Radford University. Awarded Bachelor of Science in Physical Science with concentrations in both Physics and Earth & Space Science, Minor in Mathematics, 3.45GPA
Winter 2005, Accepted to University of Missouri-St. Louis graduate program in Physics. Awarded a teaching assistantship
Fall 2001, Began classes at Radford University working towards B.S. degree in Physical Science with concentrations in both Physics and Earth & Space Science
June 2001, Graduated from Northwest High School
June 2001, Northwest High School Pathfinder Award recipient. First student to earn this honor. Was awarded in recognition of being “The one to discover the way”
January 2001, Accepted to Radford University undergraduate program. P. Buckley Moss Scholar
The physical science degree had two concentrations that I completed. The Earth & Space concentration required a diverse set of classes in physics and geology, while the Physics concentration required primarily physics classes. As part of my undergraduate experience, I also completed summer internships at both NASA and NOAA. In the Geophysics course, I was instructed on how to conduct surveys and process data from various pieces of geophysics equipment including gravimeters, resistivity arrays, magnetometers, EM-31, seismic arrays, and thermal sensors. The meteorology course was focused on understanding of meteorological processes, along with processing of realtime remote sensing satellite data from NOAA POES satellites. A holistic view of the Earth’s climate system was an integral part of the class. As part of my undergraduate experience, I was a member of a research group that joined a larger NASA group traveling to the North Pole to conduct a sea ice survey. An attempt was made to measure sea ice thickness by correlating EM-31 data and ice drill data collected by another research team on the trip.
Science Courses Completed: General Physics I/II (PHYS111/112), Meteorology (PHYS301), Optics (PHYS310), Mechanics (PHYS320), Thermo-Statistical Mechanics (PHYS330), Geophysics (PHYS406), Modern Physics (PHYS410), Electricity & Magnetism I (PHYS421), Energy and the Environment (PHSC431), Independent Study (Arctic Research; PHYS498), Independent Study (Amateur Radio ; PHYS498), Independent Study (Meteorology; PHSC498), Exploring Earth (GEOL101), Environmental Geology (GEOL103), Oceanography (GEOL365), General Astronomy I/II (ASTR111/112), Galactic Astronomy & Cosmology (ASTR422), Calculus and Analytical Geometry I/II (MATH151/152), Calculus and Analytical Geometry III/IV (MATH251/252), Applied Linear Algebra w/ Matrices (MATH260), Statistics for Science (STAT208), Principles of Computer Science I (CPSC120), Principles of Biology (BIOL101)
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Research (PHYS6490) 19 credits
As part of my graduate work, I completed research with the astrophysics group. This research included the successful defense of my masters thesis, “Carbon Monoxide in Disks Around Young Stellar Objects”. The research I conducted focused on the Rho Ophiuchus and Taurus star forming regions. Data were taken by the W. M. Keck II NIRSPEC instrument and were processed. IDL programs were used to search for organic molecules in the disks around T Tauri young stellar objects. The primary focus was to find a correlation between column densities of carbon monoxide and inclination angle of the disk. I also completed major updates to the IDL code, and collaborated to update the atmospheric calibration model. The research also included travel to Hawaii to collect data using the NASA IRTF CSHELL instrument. Data were collected on three NSF funded trips. A poster entitled “Organic Molecules in Protoplanetary Disks” was presented at the 212th annual American Astronomical Society (AAS) Conference.
Courses Completed: Intro to Quantum Mechanics (PHYS4331), Observational Astronomy (ASTR4322), Relativity and Cosmology (PHYS4370), Intro to Mathematical physics (PHYS5402), Nonlinear Dynamics and Stochastic Problems (PHYS5345), Special Problems (PHYS6400), Theatrical Mechanics I (PHYS6409), Statistical Mechanics (PHYS6413), Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS6461), Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS6463), Electrodynamics (PHYS6411), Electrodynamics II (PHYS6423), Seminar (PHYS6410)
Southwest Virginia Governor’s School, Physics Instructor
As a Governor’s School teacher, I taught at or above the level found in colleges and universities across the country. The Southwest Virginia Governor’s School serves gifted students by offering motivated learners the opportunity to take college science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses while they are still in high school. Only top students from 15 different area high schools in 8 different school districts are eligible to attend and gain unique insight into scientific research.
Part of the students education is focused on learning research methodology. This took two paths for me: mentoring independent science projects and engaging students in field research. While at the school, I mentored over 130 students in science projects that covered many disciplines. Students were required to compete in local, regional, state, and international science fairs and competitions. I prepared requirements and criteria for complex, high value student research projects, evaluated research proposals from all the students in the school and served as an authoritative source of consultation for students. I also founded an Arctic research group and used this position to teach students how to use geophysical equipment in the field. This included a bi-annual trip to Barrow, Alaska where high school students were full members of a research team that traveled to the arctic and attempted to determine sea ice thickness using various pieces of geophysical equipment. This included thermography (IR surface temperature measurements), resistivity arrays, ground penetrating radar (GPR), and physical ice drilling. I was the senior project manager of the new analytical technique developed using thermography. I designed the instrument, based on the Arduino platform, and protocols for data collection. I also lead the direct analysis and interpretation of data to study the physics of the polar ice sheets. This opportunity allowed me to teach arctic research while also innovating new methods to improve our understanding sea ice plays in our climate system.
The basic requirements as the physics instructor made me responsible for teaching both calculus and algebra based physics (mechanics and electricity & magnetism), and general astronomy (planetary and galactic). Each of these courses were taught at a college level and students received college credit through either New River Community College (NRCC) or Radford University (RU). I created all lecture materials, course calendars, syllabi, laboratory exercises, homework assignments, assessment materials (tests, quizzes, midterm exams, and final exams), and scheduled parent-teacher conferences for at risk students.
Courses independently designed, taught, and evaluated: Algebra Physics (NRCC, PHY201/202), Calculus Physics (NRCC, PHY231/232), Intermediate Astronomy (RU PHYS151/152), Junior/Senior research (approximately 20+ mentees per year) (NRCC SCT198/298), Arctic Geophysics (RU, phys431)
I also worked to develop multiple 30 minute hands-on outreach activities to engage students grades 3-8, custom designed printed circuit board for soldering and programming project for 10th grade school visitors, and established a STEAM Arctic research program for students to learn creative approaches to modern field research.
Southwest Virginia Governor’s School, Network Director
Since the Governor’s School is a small organization, it was important to me to take on multiple roles to ensure that the school thrived. My regular tasks included: Managing $30,000 annual IT budget; purchasing, setup, and maintaining servers (Windows, Linux/CentOS LAMP), and 130+ Windows desktops/laptops; programming and maintaining custom Student Information System interface and database; setup and maintaining LAN infrastructure including Meraki networking equipment; operating the turnkey security system, Linux video surveillance system, and VoIP phone system; developing custom Arduino based door monitoring system that interfaced with MySQL, PHP, and jQuery; managing Google Apps for Education and Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise; teaching lessons on cybersecurity and network maintenance to faculty and students; functioning as multimedia producer, photographing and video recording students to highlight educational excellence.
I also worked on many additional projects to enhance the school’s ability to teach students. The primary project was the development of the school’s Student Information System (SIS) and gradebook software. It integrated multiple data sets through a web PHP interface using a MySQL relational databases. This complex system was conceived, designed, and upgraded over the years by me after conducting meetings to assess data requirements. Working on the SIS required me to set my own schedule, manage software and hardware, and communicate with the end users to ensure that the system was user-friendly and the information they needed was accessible, functional, and reliable. This experience gives me the ability to capture, assemble, analyze, interpret, manage, and disseminate data to the appropriate users.
Radford University, Adjunct Professor
As an adjunct professor of physics, I was responsible for teaching introductory algebra based physics (PHYS111/PHYS112) for the university. I taught one section with 24 students per semester. Midterm exams were group written with all professors contributing. As such, each semester I was primary author on one midterm exam and responsible for my section’s final examination. In addition, I was responsible for weekly lectures and laboratory instruction. During laboratory exercises, an undergraduate teaching assistant (TA) was assigned to me to help facilitate instruction, and to give the TA experience teaching. I also taught lessons to an Arctic Geophysics class (phys431), created and wrote an Intermediate Astronomy and an Embedded Microcontrollers courses for the RU master catalog, and worked to redesign course material including labs, tests, and testing methodology for the Algebra Physics course.
University of Missouri-St. Louis, Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant
As a research assistant, I worked with data collection and processing for astronomical data. This included processing data from the W.M. Keck II NIRSPEC instrument, collecting and processing data using the NASA IRTF telescope, and processing Spitzer Space Telescope archive data. All data were processed using IDL and IRAF. Data focused on the Rho Ophiuchus and Taurus star forming regions taken by the W. M. Keck II NIRSPEC instrument. Code written for IDL was modernized and used to search for organic molecules in the disks around T Tauri young stellar objects. The primary focus was to find a correlation between column densities of carbon monoxide and inclination angle of the disk.
In addition, I taught Algebra based mechanics and electricity & magnetism physics laboratory exercises each semester (fall and spring). As a TA, I was fully responsible for teaching and helping students, in a class of approximately 24, grasp the laboratory exercise concepts. These were designed to reinforce lectures on mechanics.
Spring 2015, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School (SWVGS)
Spring 2015, Radford University (RU)
Fall 2014, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Fall 2014, Radford University
Spring 2014, Created New Course: led development for and wrote course description for Embedded Microcontrollers (PHYS310), added to Radford University undergraduate master catalog
Spring 2014, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Spring 2014, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Fall 2013, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Fall 2013, Radford University
Spring 2013, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Spring 2013, Radford University
Spring 2013, Created New Courses: led development for and wrote course description for Intermediate Solar System Astronomy (ASTR151) and Intermediate Galactic Astronomy (ASTR152), added to Radford University undergraduate master catalog
Fall 2012, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Fall 2012, Radford University
Spring 2012, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Spring 2012, Radford University
Fall 2011, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Fall 2011, Radford University
August 2011, began teaching at Radford University
Spring 2011, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Fall 2010, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Spring 2010, New River Community College (NRCC)
Spring 2010, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Fall 2009, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
July 2009, Began teaching at the Southwest Virginia Governor’s School (SWVGS)
Spring 2009, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Fall 2008, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Spring 2008, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Fall 2007, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Spring 2007, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Fall 2006, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Spring 2006, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Fall 2005, Teaching Assistantship (TA) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).
March 2015, Wrote an article on arctic research that was featured on the SparkFun.edu blog
December 14-18, 2014, Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California. “A possible correlation between surface temperature and thickness of arctic sea ice,” Poster presented, contributors: Dr. Rhett Herman (Radford University (RU) faculty); Corey Roadcap, Melissa Brett, Cameron Baumgardner, Jordan Eagle, and Sarah B. Montgomery (RU students); and Daniel Blake (Southwest Virginia Governor’s School (SWVGS) & RU)
April 2014, Radford University Student Engagement Forum co-mentor
December 03-07, 2012, Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California. “Correlation between the surface temperature & thickness of Arctic sea ice.” Poster presented, contributors: Dr. Rhett Herman (RU Faculty); Alec Frazier (RU, SWVGS Alumni) and Andrew Vaccaro (SWVGS); and Dan Blake (SWVGS & RU).
Fall 2012, Chesapeake Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (CS-AAPT) Fall Meeting, Oral Presentation: “Embedded Electronics, Microcontrollers in the classroom”; won best high school teacher presentation award
April 2012, Radford University Student Engagement Forum co-mentor
October 15, 2011, Radford University Homecoming celebration Public Talk: “Radford University’s Polar Research Program” with Dr. Rhett Herman (RU)
March 14, 2011, Public Talk: “Radford University’s Polar Research Program,” sponsored by the RU Museum of the Earth Sciences, with Dr. Rhett Herman (RU)
December 13-17, 2010, Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California. “A study of the surface temperature and thickness of the arctic sea ice and time evolution of the ice/water boundary.” Poster presented, contributors: Dr. Rhett Herman (RU), Biyuan Zhao (SWVGS), and Dan Blake (SWVGS & RU).
August 2008, NOAO Grant Proposal ID #2008B-0030 “Further Observations of Dust/Gas Stratification in the Disks of Young Stellar Objects”
June 01-05, 2008, 212th annual American Astronomical Society (AAS) Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. “Organic Molecules in Protoplanetary Disks” Poster Presented, contributors: Horne, D., Blake, D., and Gibb, E. (University of Missouri-St. Louis); Rettig, T. (University of Notre Dame); and Brittain, S. (Clemson University). Also printed in the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 40, p.201.
July 2007, Masters Thesis, University of Missouri-St. Louis, successfully defended. “Carbon Monoxide in Disks Around Young Stellar Objects”
Spring 2003, Radford University Faculty Lecture Series presenter
March 2014, Co-led Arctic research in Barrow, Alaska. Sponsored two Governor’s School students to be full members of the Radford University Arctic Research team. Independently funded, designed, and developed a second generation thermal sensor suit that more accurately collected data. The setup was built from the ground up based on the previous trips’ sensor suit. Revisions were completed based on analysis of instrument performance in the field and research team member comments on how it could be improved. Hardware used included an Arduino Pro-mini, Melexis MLS90614, TMP36, and SparkFun OpenLog. This specialized equipment worked in concert with the Geometrics OhmMapper to show a tentative correlation between sea ice thickness and surface temperature
March 2012, Co-led Arctic research in Barrow, Alaska. Sponsored three Governor’s School students to be full members of the Radford University Arctic Research team. Independently funded, designed, and developed a custom printed circuit board to connect an Arduino Pro-mini to a Melexis MLX90614 IR temperature sensor, GPS, ambient temperature sensor, and SparkFun OpenLog to collect data. Students worked to refine data collection for thermal data.
March 2010, Co-led Arctic research in Barrow, Alaska. Sponsored three Governor’s School students to be full members of the Radford University Arctic Research team and learned to properly lay our survey lines and use industry grade research equipment. This included the use of the Geometrics OhmMapper, Trimble GPS, and Maxim Integrated Thermochrons. SWVGS students were responsible for brainstorming the idea to collect surface temperature data to try to determine a correlation with ice thickness. This required them to design the survey and experimental procedure for using the Thermochrons.
2006-2009, Graduate Research, University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Data focused on the Rho Ophiuchus and Taurus star forming regions taken by the W. M. Keck II NIRSPEC instrument were processed. Used programs designed in IDL to search for organic molecules in the disks around T Tauri young stellar objects. The primary focus was to find a correlation between column densities of carbon monoxide and inclination angle of the disk. Completed major updates on the IDL code, and collaborated to update the atmospheric calibration model.
2006-2008, Graduate Research, Hale Pohaku, Hawaii. Data were collected on multiple trips to Hawaii using the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on the summit of Mauna Kea. The CSHELL instrument was used in concert with the telescope to look at young stellar objects in the Rho Ophiuchus and Taurus star-forming regions. Prior to the trips, programs of study were created along with detector and calibration settings. Grant money was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for this trip and for the telescope time
Summer 2004, NASA Student Intern Program (SIP) Summer Intern. Research in Optics. Learned clean room protocols (class 10,000 clean room), soldering, spectroscopy, pump laser operation, thermal chamber operation, and visited NASA Kennedy Space Center for a space craft launch (scrubbed)
Summer 2003, NOAA NESDIS Satellite Services Division (SSD) Intern. Worked with operational satellite data to classify hurricanes and learned how to process operational satellite data to watch weather patterns, fires, and ice
Spring 2003, Radford University team member on NASA Arctic trip to the North Pole. Used geophysics equipment to study the thickness of the surface ice. Experimental setup using an EM-31 to measure conductivity of the seawater to try and correlate thickness to conductivity. Multiple outreach webcasts were done to connect with students across the United States and inform them about how climate change affects the arctic. In addition, an APT antenna was built to collect WEFAX satellite images from NOAA POES satellites
Summer 2002, Radford University trip to NASA Wallops Flight Facility to learn satellite operations and maintenance
Summer 2002, NASA Special Projects Initiative (SPI) Office Intern, worked with multimedia producer to create a feature video of the EO1 spacecraft
Summer 2001, NASA SPI Office Intern. Worked on educational content. The office also visited Wallops Flight Facility to tour the facility and learn how NASA and NOAA operate and maintain spacecraft for environmental surveys
Fall/Spring 2000-2001, NASA Goddard SPI Office Intern. After completing a half day at Northwest High School, worked the remainder of the day at NASA Goddard in the SPI Office. As part of the SPI Office, conducted outreach trips and sent educational content back to United States high schools around the country. At each location, photos and videos were collected along with live broadcasts with streaming video from remote locations. Locations included:
Summer 2000, NASA Goddard SPI Office geologic survey of Mt. St. Helens
Summer 2000, NASA Goddard SPI Office intern
May 2000, NASA Goddard Special Projects Initiatives (SPI) Office geologic survey on the Big Island of Hawaii. Performed geologic studies of the shield volcanoes. A series of webcasts were done to educate the general public on volcanoes and how they function
Summer 2015, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School (SWVGS): Network upgrades
Summer 2014, SWVGS: Network upgrades
Summer 2013, SWVGS: Network upgrades
Summer 2013, SWVGS: Security System
Summer 2012, SWVGS: Network upgrades
Summer 2011, SWVGS: Network upgrades
Summer 2010, SWVGS: Network upgrades
December 2009, Promoted to Network Director and began overseeing all aspects of computer and technology infrastructure for the building
January 2015, Sponsored science fair projects of 21 students. Below is a list of project titles:
January 2014, Sponsored science fair projects of 29 students. Below is a list of project titles:
January 2013, Sponsored science fair projects of 24 students. Below is a list of project titles:
January 2012, Sponsored science fair projects of 17 students. Below is a list of project titles:
January 2011, Sponsored science fair projects of 18 students. Below is a list of project titles:
January 2010, Sponsored science fair projects for 28 students. Below is a list of project titles:
2012, Joined Chesapeake Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (CS-AAPT)
2011, acquired SCUBA certification
2010, Joined American Geophysical Society (AGU)
Photo published in the Bellerive, UMSL student magazine: “Keck Fires its Laser” A long exposure photograph taken on the summit of Mauna Kea on a research trip
2006, Photo displayed in UMSL Student Center Art in gallery: “Frozen Eyes” A picture taken at the North Pole of a researcher who had icicles growing from his eyelashes
Spring 2005, acquired motorcycles license
2004, Founding member of the Radford University chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS)
2004-2005, Student Government Association (SGA) Parliamentarian
Spring 2004, Radford University recruitment profile video: https://vimeo.com/135271898
Fall 2004, Phi Sigma Pi Parliamentarian
Fall 2004, Radford University. Featured in cover story: “Of Ice and Men”
2003-2004, SGA At Large Senator
2003-2004, Phi Sigma Pi Rush Chair
February 2004, Purchased and began maintenance of first website, www.the-frozen-tundra.com
Spring 2002, Joined Phi Sigma Pi, National Honors Fraternity