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Draper Laboratory recognizes Coe physics students, faculty

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2012-06-11 15:36:08 - General

Several Coe students and a Coe faculty member recently received the Draper Laboratory 2011 Engineering Vice President's Award for Best Paper/Publication for their piece “All Solid State Ion-Conducting Cesium Source for Atomic Clocks.”  This paper, co-authored by Coe Physics Professor Steve Feller, Joseph North ’11, Jason Maldonis ’13, and Alexander Ramm ’11, was printed in “Solid State Ionics,” a journal published by Elsevier. Other co-authors of the piece included Jon Bernstein, Mark Mescher, Bill Robbins, Rick Stoner and Brian Timmons, all from the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass.

Established by Draper Laboratory in 1989, the Engineering Vice President’s Award for Best Paper/Publication recognizes “the most original and influential publication/presentation/material/book published by a professional group or presented at a professional society meeting, which represents the Laboratory's high standard of professionalism, originality and creativity in the author's professional field.”

Papers that receive this prestigious award are published in the “Draper Technology Digest” the following year, where the contributing authors are featured with a picture and a short biography. Feller, North, Maldonis and Ramm will be featured with their paper in the 2012 edition of the “Draper Technology Digest.”

Draper Laboratory is a not-for-profit engineering research and development organization dedicated to solving critical national problems in national security, space systems, biomedical systems and energy. Core capabilities include guidance, navigation and control; miniature low power systems; highly reliable complex systems; information and decision systems; autonomous systems; biomedical and chemical systems; and secure networks and communications.

About the Authors

Steve Feller, B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics, came to Coe College in 1979 after completing his doctorate in physics at Brown University. Since that time he has worked with more than 200 students in undergraduate research studying physical properties and atomic structure in a wide variety of oxide glass systems. He has published over 125 journal papers in refereed journals of the field, and his glass group with colleague Coe Physics Professor Mario Affatigato has given more than 250 student and faculty presentations at national and international meetings. He has been named Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and the British Society of Glass Technology, Distinguished Iowa Scientist by the Iowa Academy of Sciences (1999), and Iowa Professor of the Year (1995) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  Also, he was given the 1993 American Physical Society Prize to a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution. During spring and summer 1996, he served as a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom where he did neutron scattering studies of glasses. In 2001, 2006 and 2011 he was visiting professor of physics at Sojo University (Japan) and at University of Warwick (England). From 1996-2002, he served on the national board of the Society of Physics Students. In 2002 and 2004, he was elected the president of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. He was especially gratified to have been awarded the C.J. Lynch Prize as Teacher of the Year by the 1993 senior class of Coe College. Last year, he played “Niels Bohr” in Coe’s production of the play “Copenhagen.”

Alexander Ramm is a materials science and engineering Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. His research is on roll-to-roll processing of printed electronics, with an initial focus on gravure printing methods. Prior to starting at the University of Minnesota, he studied photo-sensitive glass ceramics as a Stookey Research Intern at Corning Inc., and alkaline earth borosilicate and alkali borovanadate glasses with Professor Steve Feller at Coe College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics.

Jason Maldonis is currently an undergraduate student at Coe College. He has conducted glass science research under Professor Steve Feller characterizing the structure and properties of alkali borovanadate and silicovanadate glasses. He has also worked to develop a radiation-hard scintillator for the CMS experiment at CERN under Coe Physics Professor Ugur Akgun. Jason presented research in poster form at the International Congress on Glass (Salvador, Brazil, 2010). He is actively involved in the Society of Physics Students as a member of the national planning committee for the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Joseph North is enrolled in the master’s degree program in applied physics at the University of Oregon.  He conducted two summers of glass research at Coe College with Professor Steve Feller on characterizing the structure and properties in alkali borovanadate and lithium silicovanadate glasses.   He has presented research in poster form at the International Congress on Glass (Salvador, Brazil, 2010) and the Glass and Optical Materials Division Annual Meeting (Corning, New York, 2010). He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Coe College.