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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Austin Shaw
    of the elements of physics especially energy electricity and motion he said Like so many students in the program Shaw is confident the Physics and Astronomy faculty members are preparing him with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue his career goals He describes them as bright and enthusiastic about teaching Their enthusiasm captivates your interest and they always go the extra mile to help students inside or outside of class he said With natural resources becoming depleted Shaw recognizes that human culture is dependent upon the field of physics and college degree programs like his major to educate young scientists who will devise new technologies to overcome looming challenges For example Elon Husk s hyperloop could revolutionize travel making it faster and cleaner than ever before Shaw said And the development of tidal lagoons would use ocean tides to create renewable clean electricity Both of these new technologies are gaining in popularity and can help us move away from nonrenewable fossil fuels he said Apply Visit Info Program Physics BA Department Department of Physics and Astronomy The Department of Physics and Astronomy s curriculum has an applied nature that includes a core of fundamental physics courses and laboratory experiences

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/austin-shaw (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Michael Briley
    variety of fields from physics engineering computing and statistics to most anything in the sciences because they re trained to be problem solvers They also have access to labs and facilities full of state of the art equipment including the Dark Sky Observatory an optical biophysics lab and the same high power electron microscopes used in industry he said Briley describes the program as small enough to provide a more personal approach to instruction yet with resources matching those of a much larger institution The Department of Physics and Astronomy is right sized It s among the top 10 percent of physics departments in the country in terms of the number of students so there are resources available that you might not find at a smaller program he said We re also small enough that we know the names of our students and care how each one is doing As a result there s a great deal of camaraderie between faculty and students creating a close knit community Meet more faculty Apply Visit Info Program Physics BA Department Department of Physics and Astronomy The Department of Physics and Astronomy s curriculum has an applied nature that includes a core of

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/michael-briley (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Maggie Seeds ’12
    development teams to customize the code to suit client s business needs It s a neat position because it allows me to experience different departments of a business From data analytics to industry mergers and acquisition strategies we touch on so many subjects she said Another cool thing about my job is that I travel to where my clients are located so I m always experiencing different cities and offices Looking forward she says there are opportunities for her to transition into roles to help strategize and optimize business processes and get experience managing teams She believes her time in the Department of Physics and Astronomy prepared her to take on any challenge set before her Working on this degree developed within me a mindset to persevere through tough work and to get to the root of a problem via critical thinking no matter how many tries it takes she said Seeds who was on a full ride volleyball scholarship at Appalachian and also in The Honors College says she was attracted by the university s renowned Department of Physics and Astronomy and its beautiful location in the mountains During the summer before her senior year a North Carolina Space Grant allowed her to work with Dr Richard Gray on his research with young solar analogs The project was the basis for her honors thesis It was a great learning experience for me she said The department is an excellent place for anyone looking for challenges and relationships that inspire you My time there made me a much more self sufficient person When I want to know how something works I now have the basics to figure it out for myself and the confidence to approach new subjects she said Apply Visit Info Program Physics BA Department Department of Physics

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/maggie-seeds (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Nykesha Fyffe
    eyes to the knowledge and skills she ll need to pursue her desired career I m majoring in physics because I want to use what I m learning to help people and to help solve the problems of the future she said The opportunity to work as a research assistant with professors in the department Dr Jennifer Burris and Dr Brooke Hester has been her most valuable experience in the program so far She says that since working with them she s developed problem solving skills that help her succeed in all of her classes All the professors here are so willing to help she said Engaging with them is the key to succeeding in this degree My goal after graduation is to attend an engineering graduate program I know my experience here in the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be excellent preparation for that Fyffe received the Lloyd L Hobbs Memorial Scholarship for the Physical Sciences for her junior year Apply Visit Info Program Physics BS Applied Physics Department Department of Physics and Astronomy The Department of Physics and Astronomy s curriculum has an applied nature that includes a core of fundamental physics courses and laboratory experiences It

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/nykesha-fyffe (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Jennifer L. Burris
    to atmospheric physics astronomy nanotechnology biological physics optical physics and more Come join us and learn how the universe works Burris said Burris teaches a variety of courses in the department including the major s freshman level physics course Classical Mechanics and the Professional Science Master s Colloquium She s also the department s graduate program director She describes the Applied Physics BS program as an awesome major at Appalachian The connection between our majors and the faculty is tight We work closely with students to guide and mentor them through this fascinating field of study And the department is ranked as one of the largest Physics and Astronomy programs in the country compared to universities of similar size to Appalachian When you graduate with this degree you ll join one of the highest paid and employed professions out there she said Meet more faculty Apply Visit Info Program Physics BS Applied Physics Department Department of Physics and Astronomy The Department of Physics and Astronomy s curriculum has an applied nature that includes a core of fundamental physics courses and laboratory experiences It prepares graduates for a variety of scientific teaching or engineering professions as well as future educational endeavors

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/jennifer-l-burris (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Brian Myer
    processing equipment and spacecraft He counts the experience he received working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy s laboratory stock room and research laboratory as critical to the work he s doing now Time and repetition tinkering with electronics vacuum systems and electron microscope technology and contact with physics professors and mentors all these were vital in preparing me for my future in R D Scholarships endowed by the Graham and Hobbs families allowed Myer to focus on his studies and research projects instead of working off campus His advice to prospective students A physics degree opens a surprising number of doors he said To the extent that technology touches so many aspects of modern life the study of physics prepares young people to be ready for change and to work with complex systems And one can go along way with those skills Apply Visit Info Program Physics BS Applied Physics Department Department of Physics and Astronomy The Department of Physics and Astronomy s curriculum has an applied nature that includes a core of fundamental physics courses and laboratory experiences It prepares graduates for a variety of scientific teaching or engineering professions as well as future educational endeavors College

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/brian-myer (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Jenn Laskowski
    of effort and concentration it s worth it and mind blowing to be able to understand how things in our world work Laskowski learned early on how educational and entertaining physics can be when she took her first class in the Department of Physics and Astronomy The class for general education was the most fun class I ve had so far she said One day she found herself sitting in a psychology class thinking about the coefficient of friction between her chair and the ground That s when she knew she had to major in physics By making connections between her laboratory and classroom experiences she has been able to further understand difficult to grasp concepts Laskowski is seeing how physics is applied in everyday life and is thankful to her professors for opening her eyes Want to know how far a ball will go when you throw it up in the air Use the principles of physics Physics can be very challenging but the professors here make it fun and interesting They are always willing to help and encourage students she said Laskowski s career goal is to be a high school physics teacher She hopes to inspire in her students an appreciation of physics and science in general I want to get them thinking about how everything in the universe works and fits together she said I want to use the knowledge and experience from my degree to think critically about what happens around us and inspire others to do the same Apply Visit Info Program Physics BS Secondary Education Department Department of Physics and Astronomy The Department of Physics and Astronomy s curriculum has an applied nature that includes a core of fundamental physics courses and laboratory experiences It prepares graduates for a variety of scientific teaching

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/jenn-laskowski (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: David Sitar
    make a difference Sitar works in the Department of Physics and Astronomy as the Rankin Astronomy facility director the astronomy laboratory manager and the astronomy outreach coordinator He teaches Introductory Astronomy Laboratory I and II and Physics Instruction Practicum With all this teaching responsibility he knows how important it is to get young people interested in the sciences Yes it s important to share the fundamentals of our physical world with today s youth who will soon bring new creative and innovative ideas to the fore There s also an enormous demand for STEM educators in North Carolina and across the country he said Students coming out of our Secondary Education program typically have their choice of teaching positions So if you love physics consider this major Meet more faculty Apply Visit Info Program Physics BS Secondary Education Department Department of Physics and Astronomy The Department of Physics and Astronomy s curriculum has an applied nature that includes a core of fundamental physics courses and laboratory experiences It prepares graduates for a variety of scientific teaching or engineering professions as well as future educational endeavors College College of Arts and Sciences The College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/david-sitar (2016-02-17)
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