Group Members

We are looking for new Ph.D. students, master students, and undergraduates to join the team (see openings) !

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Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Faculty

Brian R. D’Urso

Assistant Professor, joined MSU in September, 2017
email: durso@montana.edu

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics, California Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. in Physics, Harvard University

Paul Nachman

Affiliate Research Professor
email: paul.nachman@montana.edu

  • Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Carleton College
  • Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago

Cody Jessup

Graduate student
email: codyjessup@montana.edu

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics and Politics, Hillsdale College

Connor Murphy

Graduate student
email: connor.murphy3@montana.edu

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics, Grove City College

Dakota Chapman

Graduate student
email: dakota.chapman@student.montana.edu

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics, Montana State University

Undergraduate Students

Sam Fritsch

Undergraduate student
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Noelle Dean

Undergraduate student
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Alumni

Bradley Slezak

2016-2020
Role: Graduate student and postdoctoral researcher, now Staff Physicist at AdvR (Bozeman, MT).
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Charles Lewandowski

2015-2020
Role: Graduate Student, now NRC postdoc at AFRL (Albuquerque, NM).
email: cwl19@pitt.edu

Walter Klahold

2018-2019
Role: Postdoctoral researcher, now Electronics Engineer at Green Bank Observatory (Green Bank, WV).
email: wak19@pitt.edu

Jen-Feng Hsu

2011-2016
Role: Graduate student (first to develop magneto-gravitational trap and trap diamond microcrystals), now Detector Physicist at Kromek (Zelienople, PA).
email: jeh114@pitt.edu

Elliot Jenner

2008-2015
Role: Graduate student (studies of nanostructured and superhydrophobic materials).
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Shonali Dhingra

2009-2015
Role: Graduate student (fabrication of graphene nanomechanical devices, and use of NV centers in diamond for QND measurements), now postdoc at UCLA.
email: shonali@physics.ucla.edu