Dan Haeger

Graduates of our physics program participate in a vast array of exciting careers.

Our alumni include the senior vice president of a major corporation, high school physics teachers, scientists, accelerator operators, university professors and applied industrial physicists all around the world.

Many of our graduates have continued their study at leading research institutions nationwide, including Stanford, Brown, Yale, Princeton, Harvard,University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois, etc. Below is a list of placements for a few recent classes. 


Sam Birsa, Masters candidate in Optical Engineering (Univ. of Rochester)

 Kyle Connour, PhD candidate in Astronomy (Univ. of Colorado - Boulder)

 Jessi Flach, PhD candidate in Physical Chemistry (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison)

 John Gholson, directly entering workforce

 Brian Kim, PhD candidate in Physics (Northern Illinois Univ.)

 Qijia Liu, directly entering workforce

 Alejandro Mancera, directly entering workforce

 Margaret McCarter, PhD candidate in Physics (Univ. of Cal.-Berkeley)

 Billy Meyer, 3:2 dual-degree program (Physics + Mechanical Engineering), Wash U

 Kevin Roenitz, PhD candidate in Astro-Chemistry (Emory University)

 Alex Scherer, PhD candidate in Physics (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison)

 Fred Williams, directly entering workforce

 Tyler Wright, directly entering workforce


 Chelsea Davitt, Masters candidate in Mechanical Engineering (Bradley University)

 Kyle French, Laboratory Engineer at Gaynes Labs

 Juan Gomez-Velez, graduate student in Physics, Univ. of South Florida

 Victoria Halevy, Math & Science Teacher, Andrew Jackson Language Academy, in Chicago

 Chris Jent, Environmental Technician (Heritage Environmental Services)

 Alexis Larson, Quality Control Engineer at Lambent Technologies

 Ryan McGonagle, Mechanical Engineering Intern at Stevenson & Associates

 Brian Sorich, 3:2 dual-degree program (Physics + Materials Science & Engineering), UIUC

 Matthew Southall, Masters candidate in Physics

 Maggie Zhou, PhD candidate in Materials Science & Engineering, at Univ. of Rochester

Jason Armstrong, Masters candidate in Physics (condensed matter / solid-state physics)

 Neil Baldwin, PhD Candidate in Chemistry at UC-Santa Barbara

 Sunny Ding, PhD Candidate in ECE, at University of Illinois (nano-optics + plasmonics)

 Mohamed El-Kabbash, PhD Candidate in Physics (nano-optics + plasmonics), Case Western

 Alex Flyte, Quality Control Engineer at Haemoscope, Inc.

 Young Kim, Masters Candidate in Physics, Univ. of Buffalo

 Dan LaRocca, Technical Services at Epic

 “Bosh" Liu, PhD Candidate in BioPhysics/BioInformatics, at Stanford University

 Deepak Mallubhotla,“gap” year as Software Developer for Auto-Owners Insurance; traveling

 Nate Nesbit, High School Physics Teacher at Central High School in Burlington, IL

 Marc Prasse, dual-degree Physics + M.E. at UIUC à Mechanical Engineer at Honeywell

 Azma Rehman, Vision Researcher at Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston

 Andy Sonnenberger, PhD Candidate in Physical Chemistry at Univ. of Minnesota

 Ken Suevel, Masters Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Wash U

 Janak Thapa, PhD Candidate in Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern

 Kurt VanNess, PhD Candidate in Applied Mathematics, Univ. of Utah

 Yao Xiao, “gap year” studying Chinese traditional medicine and Buddhism, in China

G. Myles Black , R&D in biotech, at ANDalyze à Masters candidate in ECE

 Billy Buchdahl, 2:2 in General Engineering at UIUC à “Big Data” Analyst at Clarity

 Patrick Dahl, Marie Curie Research Fellow (Scotland) à Masters candidate (NYU)

 Tommy Deschler, Masters in Mech. Engineering à works at PositivEnergy

 Marissa DeWeese, Website Developer at O3 Internet Consulting

 Ronnie Fowle-Grider, MD/PhD candidate: Wash U School of Medicine

 Leah Goldberg, Physics TA/Counselor, Educ. Prog. for Gifted Youth (Stanford)

 Casey Hennessey, PhD candidate in Physics, Ohio State

 Steve Larson, PhD candidate in Physics (nanotech), Univ. of Georgia

 Steve Lis, Lab Assistant (Medical)

 Carl Mueller, Project Manager at Image Display, Inc.

 Jinx Nirjhar, Masters candidate: English Cultural Studies, EFLU (India)

 Ryan Ott, 4:2 + Masters student: Mechanical Engineering and works at Harman Int’l

 Derrick Rohl, Sky Show Operator, Adler Planetarium + Masters candidate in Ed.

 Taiyo Wilson, Masters: Computational Science (Harvard) à UIUC PhD program

 Nathaniel Wolanyk, PhD candidate in Physics (Computational Biology), UAB


Veronica Angeles Dunham, PhD Candidate: Organic Chemistry, Ohio State

 Evan Baker, PhD Candidate: Mechanical Eng., Northwestern + start-up company

 Thomas Bersano = PhD candidate, Physics, University of Washington-Seattle

 David Bueche, Physics+ME dual degree à Rolls Royce (jet engines)

 Kundan Chaudhary, PhD candidate (nanotech research at Harvard)

 David Fairbanks, Writer/Editor at “The Beat,” + MFA Candidate at Columbia (with


 Nicholas Goble, PhD candidate, Physics (semiconductor nanotech), Case Western

 Ryan Goetz, PhD candidate in Physics (LIGO collaboration), Univ. of Florida

 Matt James, 4:2 dual-degree: Mechanical Engineering à High School Teacher

 Chris Krassa, 2:2 student in Natural Resource Conservation, UIUC

 Alex Lambert, 4:2 dual-degree à lead Mech. Engineer at Aeroflex

 Michelle Ponschke,  Master's Candidate: Forensic Science, UIC

 Jesse Schaar, 3G-to-4G telecommunications / electronics technician at Samsung

 Adam Chambers, PhD in Physical Oceanography à Scientist for U.S. Dept. of Navy

Curtis Cribben, Masters in Agricultural Engineering à works at John Deere (sensors)

Angelo Christophell, Masters candidate: Applied Statistics, Loyola Univ.-Chicago

Jennifer Faust, PhD candidate: Physical Chemistry, UW-Madison

 Suman Gautam, PhD in Energy Engineering/Policy à works for DNV GL Energy

 Pearl Huang, works at State Farm Insurance

 Rachel Kagan, Actuary at Allstate Insurance

 Mark Kasperczyk, PhD candidate: Optics (Univ. of Rochester à ETH Zurich)

 Christine Kehl, taking time for family (a new mother)

 Clare Mahoney, PhD in Materials Science & Eng., Carnegie Mellon Univ.

 John Meuser, PhD candidate: Mathematics, Texas A&M Univ. à Teaching Math

 David Nicholus, M.S., Florida State Univ. à Math Professor, Harper College

 Bibek Parajuli, Masters in Materials Science, UIUC à now hired by Intel

 Lucy Pinelo = PhD candidate: Physical Chemistry, Univ. of Cincinnati

 Oliver Smidt, Masters in Physics Education à Teacher at Wheeling H.S.

 Alison Smith = Retro-Technical / Steampunk Designer / Owner of TRVA Jewelry

 Bobby Zoeller = Masters candidate: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ

Ogaga Akoroda, dual-degree + Masters at Cornell Univ. (now EE at Texas Instr.)

 Jake Dunham, Masters degree in Stats à Math Instructor at Westwood College

 Eric Flyte = teaching certificate, now teaching at YouthBuild

 Brad Janes = Project Coordinator for Wolfram | Alpha

 Johnny Lattyak, Masters of Theology à CommonBond Communities job

 Dave Longawa = M.A. candidate in Music History at UW-Madison

 Jason Manuel = AmeriCorps à Masters in Mech. E. à M.E. at C.T.S.

 Patrick McFadden = Accountant / Tax Manager at Ernst & Young

 Danielle Meyers = research at Wrigley (formulation chemistry)

 Ganon Pierce = Instructor at Princeton Review

 Thomas Schroeder = Environmental Scientist at Vertex

 Kristy Streu = PhD candidate: Computational Chemistry, Boston College

 Jeremy Thomas = pursuing Masters in Mech. Engineering, UW-Milwaukee (?)

 Cheryl Wallace = Writer/Editor for BEAN, in Shanghai, China

 Matt Wilhelm, dual degree in Physics/History + EE à works at Navstar


Janelle Bailey = "full ride" scholarship to Law School. Intellectual Property Lawyer.

 Alex Boecher, M.S. in Environmental Studies à Environmental Engineer

 Sawyer Campbell, PhD in Optical Metamaterials à Post-doc at Penn State

 Becky Carlton, PhD on Liquid Crystals à Research Scientist at Dow Corning

 Ryan Esch = dual-degree+ Masters à Environmental Engineer (Energy)

 Dan Haeger, PhD w/ Nobel Laureate (blue lasers) à start-up purchased by Apple

 Colin Komar, PhD in Plasma Physics à Post-doc at NASA

 Sean Milligan = dual-degree Engineering + U.S. Navy

 Andy Nelson = Army Corps of Engineers + PhD candidate à Chief, Energy Branch

 Ikenna Odinaka, PhD in Electrical Engineering à Post-doc at Duke Univ.

 Ed Price = "Teach for America" à Masters candidate: Environmental Science

 Scott Swisher = PhD modeling Network Econ. à Fellow at Cambridge University

 Nick Timme = PhD candidate: Biophysics of cortical networks at Indiana University

 Thomas Traynor = developing renewable fuels (7 patent applications so far)

 Mike Virgilio = Energy & Sustainability Analysis for the U.S. government