Physics Alumni

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Recent Graduates

Michael Blatnik '11 Mathematics and Physics
Michael began graduate work in fluid dynamics in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall of 2011.

Hunter Smith '11 Mathematics and Physics
Hunter works at Harris Corporation, an engineering company in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Robbie Ferguson '09 Physics
Robbie currently works in the city of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Jermal Hill '08 (December) Physics
Jermal works as a quality engineer at Tri Tech Laboratories, Inc. in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Crystal Moorman '08 (December) Mathematics and Physics
Crystal began work on her PhD in physics at Drexel University during the fall of 2009.

Eric Compher '08 Physics
Eric participated in our 3/2 engineering program and transferred to the University of Virginia after three years at LC. He completed his MS in electrical engineering in 2010, doing some of his graduate work at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Click here for a link to the program in which Eric was involved as a graduate student. Eric is now working as an engineer at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburg.

Brandon Cook '07 Mathematics and Physics
Brandon completed his PhD in physics from Vanderbilt University in July 2012. He began an NSF postdoc at Oak Ridge National Laboratory ( in September 2012.

Brent Shrader '06 Mathematics and Physics
Brent worked as an intern at BWX Technologies, Inc. during the summer of 2006. Brent is now working in the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarine program.

Stuart Farrell '05 Mathematics, Philosophy, and Physics
Stuart earned his PhD in physics at George Mason University in the spring of 2011.

Dan Hartlaub '04 Applied Physical Science
Dan completed his Masters of Engineering at the University of Virginia in 2006. He is a mechanical engineering consultant in Towson.

Kevin Shay '04 Mathematics and Physics
Kevin completed his MS in physics at the University of Louisville in 2006. After teaching physics at a community college for a year, Kevin renewed his graduate study in the fall of 2007. He earned a master's degree in medical physics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in the spring of 2009. His thesis research focused on an electron dosimetry comparison with treatment planning software. Kevin now works at the Hembree Cancer Center (part of the Mercy Medical Network) in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Benjamin Hannas '03 Mathematics and Physics
Ben completed his MS in applied mathematics at North Carolina State University in 2006. He now works at Advanced Energy in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Jennifer Jack '03 Physics
Jennifer began working toward an OD at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry in Fall 2004.

Allen Dalton '02 Physics and Chemistry
Allen began study leading to a PhD in plasma physics at the University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2003.

Tom Schamp '98 Physics
Tom earned an MS in Materials Science in 2001 at the University of Virginia and is currently in the final stages of the PhD in Materials Science at UVA.

Adam Ballard '96 Physics
Adam earned the PhD in atomic physics at Wake Forest University in 2002. He is employed as a medical physicist.

Casey Russell '96 Physics
Casey earned the MS in Physics from the University of Arkansas. He is employed as an engineer.

Chris Lillicotch '95 Physics
Chris works in the area of medical physics and is now employed as a medical dosimetrist at the Oconee Regional Cancer Center in Georgia. Chris writes, "I recently left Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Florida after seven years to move to a more rural setting to raise my family and to continue my career in treating cancer patients."

More Senior Graduates

Barry Burks '77 Physics
Dr. Burks, who earned the MS and PhD degrees in physics at the University of North Carolina, is President of TPG Applied Technology. Barry, whose company designs robots used for nuclear cleanup, addressed the Lynchburg College Senior Symposium in the fall of 2002.

Ann King '72 Physics
Ann writes, "I am now the tech writer for a small manufacturer in Oakland, very near home. I love my job. I not only write, but also make 3-D designs in SolidWorks ... Let me just say again that changing my major to physics was one of the best things I ever did."

Courtenay B. Clifford '70 Physics
Courtenay earned the MS in Computer Science in 1976 from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, N.J. He retired from Lucent Technologies in 2001 where he was a senior manager in charge of systems engineering and operations planning for long distance operations. He currently works for SoHaR, Inc. Courtenay writes, "We teamed up with other firms and won the Safety and Mission Assurance Contract from NASA. The overall contract supports the safety, reliability, maintainability and quality of the space shuttle, International Space Station, payloads sent to space, and the new Constellation Program. My position is as a reliability analyst specifically for the Shuttle. The job is every bit what I expected. Heavy duty math--Weibull distribution functions, Bayesian analysis methods, Markov Processes and the like! How do you predict the failure rate of a unit that has never failed? ... YET!! Who knew that I would be using the statistics I learned in the math class I took at Lynchburg?"

Roger Trent '70 Physics
Roger is Chief Operating Officer of Medical Automation Systems. He earned the MS in Materials Science from the University of Virginia. Roger addressed the Lynchburg College Senior Symposium in the spring of 2003.