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Senior Seminars

The Physics Department Seminars are at noon in Barnes Science Building 219 unless otherwise specified. 

Lunch is provided before the seminar begins.

Please always RSVP to Kate Carlton at 719-389-6577 or


Block 2

Oct 8 CJ Monson: Heat Shields and Their Importance in Space Travel

Oct 11 Luke Strohbehn: Flexible Ion Optics: 3D-printed Cylindrical Analyzers

Block 3

Nov 1 Tony Zhu: Thermal Imaging Physics

Nov 5 Gabe Poehls: Eddy Current Position Sensors

Nov 8 Tamman Montanaro: Reusable First Stage Rockets

Block 5

Jan 24 Kate Herman: A Picard-Lefschetz Approach to the Path Integral

Jan 28 James Zeng: Physics Behind Modern Electronic Devices

Jan 31 Ebba Green: Minimizing the Dispersion Problem

Feb 4 Thom Ory: Cosmic Microwave Background: Recombination and Decoupling

Feb 7 Joao Freitas: Two Dimensional Waves - Chladni Figures

Block 6

Feb 21 Walter BroseDiffusion and Bacteria: A Study in Biophysics

Feb 25 Brian Leech: Coriolis Force on Tropical Cyclone Formation

Feb 28 Pan Tan: Red Laser Calibrated FTIR Spectrometer

Mar 3 Xavi Dominguez: Lidar: The Journey of a Laser Beam


Amaury Bargioni, October 2nd - The James Webb Space Telescope 

Tyler Sym, October 5th

Konrad Lyle, October 9th - Deriving PV = nRT 

Harm Althuisius, October 12th - Helicopter Physics 

Clifford Francis, October 26th - Atmospheric Thermodynamics: Making Predictions on a Skew-T 

Molly Rose Merkert, October 30th - Hubble Space Telescope 

Kenn Crossley, November 2nd - X-Ray Diffraction of water as a feasibility study for non-synchrotron solution experiments 

Dylan Robles, November 6th - The Physics of Projectiles 

Jack Schrott, November 9th - Neutrino Oscillations and What They Mean 

Zoe Krauss, November 30th

Nick Merritt, December 4th- Using Cassini VIMS Occulations to Investigate Geostrophic Winds in Saturn's Stratosphere 

Hollis Hunnewell, December 7th

Rory Lowe, December 11th- Neutron Stars in Open Clusters: (Why) Are They There? 

Zach Cohen, February 5th

Nathan Agarwal, February 8th- A Close Look into Wind Turbines 

Payton Landes, February 22nd- Spectroscopy in Astronomy 

Alexander Makic, February 26th- Estuarian Physics and its Environmental Significance 

Stan Zhang, March 5th

Travis Aerenson, March 29th- Climate Models and Their Uses 

Changzhe Xu, April 2nd - The Physics of Birds' Gliding Flight 

Anna Gilbertson, April 5th- Bernoulli's Principle: Applied and in the Real Worlde 


Student in the senior capstone class travel to a Colorado Springs elementary
school to showcase fun physics and to practice science communication.

Callan McCormick, September 29th - Light Emitting Diodes: Improving Efficiency Droop in Gallium-Nitride LEDs 

Sam Meyjes, October 6th - The Physics of Solar Power: Rear Cell Engineering for Cheaper and More Efficient Solar Cells 

Benjamin Pitta, October 13th - The Cassini-Huygens Mission 

Javier Corona, October 27th - The Electric Car: Past, Present, and Future, from convenience to world saving 

Jules Randolph, October 31st - Diffusion Monte Carlo Methods in Quantum Molecular Calculations 

Victor Torres, November 3d - Physics of Superheroes: Deconstructing Superman 

Calvin Butler, November 7th - Lightening and How It's Studied

Nicholas Crews, December 1st - Force Sensors: Theory and Application 

Kyla Jarka, December 5th - Exoplanets and How We Detect Them 

Anthony Connors, December 8th - Overcoming Hydrostatic Pressure: Exploring the Ocean's Depths

Yuhan Chen, December 12th - Holograms

Gerardo Ramirez, December 15th - Turbulence 

Benjamin Elgren, January 26th - MEMS Microphones

Jacob Kohler, January 30th - Observationally Testing the Triple Origin of Blue Straggler Stars with Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Andrew Combs, February 2nd - Electric Skateboards: a General Look at Electric Vehicles 

Maddie Lucey, February 6th - Cataloging the Praesepe Cluster: Identifying Interlopers and Binary Systems

Nelson Ding, February 9th - Experimental High Energy Physics with the CMS Detector at the LHC 

Rowan Kowalsky, February 23d - Mapping Geothermal Production Potential 

Jason Bair, February 27th - A Very Small Amount about the Physics of Baseball

Isiah Kang, March 2nd - SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch: The Physics of Thrust

Alana Aamodt, March 6th - The Falling Slinky

Sohair Abdullah, March 9th - Radio Wave Propagation Across Turbulent Oceans


Bara Hanzalova, October 14th - Soap Films and Bubbles 

Emiliano Morales, October 28th - Skyscrapers: Structure, Materials, and Design 

Armand Dominguez, November 4th - The Physics of Photography 

Chris Maves, November 11th - The Physics of Archery Bows

Marcus Swanson, December 2nd - The Free Kick Experiment 

Caden Kunkel, December 9th - Active Galactic Nuclei - Quasars and Blazars

Zoe Pierrat, January 27th - Estimating Exospheric Hydrogen Density Using Lyman-alpha Irradiance Measurements from SOLSTICE

Teddy Weeks, February 3rd - Physics of Room Acoustics: Measuring Reverb Time 

Brian Gebhard, February 10th - Non-Thermal "Cold" Plasma 

Xiangmin Yang, February 24th - Aspects of Elementary Particle Interactions  

Turner Williams, March 3rd - Optically Active Materials 


Michael Leveille - Exoplanets

Thomas Braine - Reactor research

Victoria Bry - Engineering for earthquakes

JD Merritt - Gravitational waves

Samuel Huestis -Relativistic jets