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Dr. Karson Bader

Clarisa Bercovich-Guelman

Ph.D. in Physics Education, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
M.Sc. in Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Professional Experience
Developed face to face and online professional development workshops for middle school teachers (at SDSU) and high school teachers (at the Weizmann Institute of Science).
Developed Professional Development material in Physics for Elementary School teachers.
Developed a course on Chaos and interactive activities on Mechanics for High School.

Teaching Experience
Taught courses on Physics for middle and high school teachers.
Taught courses in Mechanics, Optics, Electricity and Magnetism in high school.
Taught an Intranet long-distance course on Chaos.

Research Interests
I am interested in Physics Education Research. I have conducted research about teachers' implementation of reform-based curricula and about students' conceptual understanding of Chaos.

Suchitra Chepin

Gary Howell

Chong Kim

Jim Means

Dr. Suzanne Montgomery

Jerry Pinter


MS Electrical Engineering, UCSD
BS Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois

Professional Experience

Retired electrical engineer after 17 years in the semiconductor electronics industry.  Worked as engineer and manager in areas of semiconductor device manufacturing, research and development at Hughes Aircraft Technology Center (Carlsbad, CA) and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (San Diego, CA).

Teaching Experience
CSUSM Physics Department teaching physics and astronomy courses since 2003.

Research Interests

Theoretical physics, astrophysics and quantum field theory.

Dr. David Schaafsma

Office: Science Hall 2, Room 251
Phone: (760) 750-8239

PhD Physics, University of Colorado
MS Physics, Brown University
BS Physics, Whitman College

Professional Experience

Product development consultant to medical device, communications, and aerospace industries.  Over 20 years experience in semiconductors, communications, optical materials, infrared technology, optical sensors, optoelectronics, biomedical devices and instrumentation, working for the federal government as well as small companies.

Teaching Experience
Teaching various physics and electronics courses at CSUSM since 2006.

Research Interests

Artificial intelligence, sensory systems, biomimetic systems, optics, renewable resources.

Kathleen Scott

MS Physics, Brigham Young University
BS Physics, Brigham Young University

Patrick Sebrechts