I am an experienced Physicist with proven capabilities in the fields of microelectronic fabrication, magnetism and magnetic materials, and atomic, molecular, and optical physics. Excellent analytical, problem solving, conflict management, and team building expertise consistently demonstrated in the NIST Boulder MicroFab (BMF) and in the linear recording head industry. Background includes microfabrication of corrugated feedhorns for cosmic microwave background telescopes, research and design of next generation magnetic tape drives and magnetic sensors, magnetization dynamics in thin ferromagnetic films and expertise in femtosecond laser physics and nonlinear optics to study laser interactions with solids and gasses. Proven areas of expertise include:
  • Microfabrication process development and optimization
  • Magnetism and magnetic materials
  • Magnetic sensor design
  • Lasers and optics
  • Thin film deposition
  • Laser interactions with solids and gasses
  • Collaboration and innovation
  • Machine shop

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, Manager, Boulder MicroFab, Boulder, Colorado 2011-present

  • Responsible for facilities infrastructure of an 18,000 square foot class 100 cleanroom
  • Process development and collaboration with researchers
  • Manage the 80+ user community

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, Quantum Sensors Project, Boulder, Colorado 2010-2011

  • Process development and manufacture of monolithic silicon feedhorn arrays for use in Cosmic Microwave Background instruments at the south pole (SPTpol) and in the Atacama Desert (ACTpol).
  • Developed a robust high yield manufacturing process for feedhorn arrays on 100 mm substrate diameters.
  • Successfully migrated the feedhorn process to 150 mm substrate diameters.
  • Managed and trained a technician to manufacture feedhorn arrays.
  • Design and fabrications process development of next generation multichroic feedhorn arrays.
  • Process development and manufacture of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) multiplexers.
SUN MICROSYSTEMS, Louisville, Colorado 2003-2009
A multinational vendor of computers, computer components, computer software and information technology services. Acquired Storage Technology Corp in 2005.
Hardware Device Engineer (2005–2009)
Senior Engineer (2004–2005)
Contractor at Senior Engineer level through Volt Technical Services (2003–2004)
  • Lead designer for the magnetic read sensor and inductive writer for the next generation tape drive. Responsible for giant magneto-resistive (GMR) sensor development and integration into tape drive systems. Activities include design, fabrication and electrical and magnetic testing.
  • Designed, developed, and delivered a magnetic read head utilizing a GMR sensor for a demonstration tape drive capable of a 5 fold increase over current released product.
  • Delivered a GMR magnetic sensor to double signal through optimization of thin film deposition on a 150 mm substrate.
  • Class 100 clean room fabrication process developments of electron beam and UV non-thermal curing techniques.
  • Directed collaborative research as the technical liaison to the Data Storage Systems Center at Carnegie Mellon University resulting in key changes in magnetic writer design and implementation.
Magnetic Technology Division
Post-doctoral appointment through the Professional Research Experience Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Broad research into magnetization dynamics in thin ferromagnetic films developing time and frequency resolved characterization techniques.
  • Magnetic Technology Division
  • Process design, development, and manufacture of coplanar waveguides for use in a pulsed inductive microwave magnetometer using the NIST Boulder QFF.
  • Magnetic standards and metrology development of a planar solenoid using the QFF.
  • Discovered that the Lande g-factor varies in thin nickel-iron films with thickness.
  • Determined that non-linear damping effects froma step excitation can only occur when symmetry breaking is present.
  • Key contributor to a team that verified ferromagnetic linewidths in thin magnetic structures is consistent for multiple measurement techniques in both the temporal and frequency domain.
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, Storrs, Connecticut 1995-2000
Graduate Student – Research/Teaching Assistant
Ph.D. research in atomic, molecular, and optical physics into strong field interactions of atoms, molecules, and surfaces using a femtosecond laser system.
  • Discovered for the first time that charge asymmetric dissociation in diatomic molecules leaves one of the fragments in an electronically excited state opening the possibility of a controlled x-ray laser transition.
  • Investigated how atoms, molecules, and surfaces interact in extreme conditions.
  • Measured optical breakdown in dielectrics with different band gaps for a single and double 25 fs laser pulses.
  • Developed a compact dispersion free method of characterizing femtosecond laser pulses.
Ph.D., Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, 2000
M.S., Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, 1997
B.S., Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, California 1995
  • Member, American Physical Society