B.A. Physics & Astrophysics

2017



Jason O. Archer
cum laude




Edward H. Kring




Dustin M. Poage
After graduation, Dustin will be actively pursuing a job as a programmer in data analysis.




James M. Wigger




2016



Gabriel A. Shipley
summa cum laude
Gabriel is attending graduate studies at the UNM electrical engineering department and his planned research focus is in pulsed power, plasma physics, and high energy density physics. Gabriel works at Sandia National Laboratories where he plans to complete his dissertation research at Sandia's various pulsed power accelerator facilities. He plans to work in the field of inertial confinement fusion focusing on innovative plasma confinement techniques, novel radiation diagnostics, and radiation effects testing.




2015



Edward R. Allison




Craig M. Cherry




Kyle H. Griffitts
Kyle has been in flight training the last year for the navy. He's been living in Texas, Florida, and briefly, Nevada. He says, "Life has been great since graduation. I use my degree everyday learning about aerodynamics, using vector diagrams to easily explain airflow, and in general how airplanes and helicopters fly. On top of that I learn about aircraft systems, maneuvers, and air traffic rules and regulations."




Julianna C. Lautenschleger
Julianna plans to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain after graduation, then will apply to Medical schools for the 2016 entering class.




Michael C. Perry
cum laude




2014



Dante A. Archuleta




Dominique M. Maffucci
magna cum laude
Dominique is pursuing a PhD in theoretical astrochemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia.




Arly Parent




Jeffrey Richards
Jeffrey is working for a large ad content and management company as a Software Developer Engineer in Test.




Brian J. Ritter




2013



Thomas W. Posen
summa cum laude
Thomas is graduating with both a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astrophysics with a German minor and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. Thomas will begin a Masters of Music Theory and Composition at the University of New Mexico in Fall 2013.




2012



Jacob R. Jaramillo




2010



Ryan P. Long
Since graduation, Ryan has been working at Presbyterian Health Services teaching doctors and nurses how to use the electronic medical record, where be became very inspired by those he trained and decided to pursue nursing. Ryan will be graduating from UNM with a BS in Nursing in Spring 2016.




Justin R. Muehlmeyer
cum laude
Justin graduated with a double major receiving a BA in Physics/Astrophysics, a BA Philosophy of Economics, with minor studies in Mathematics. Justin graduated law school from UNM in 2013 and passed both the State and Patent Bars, served as a judicial law clerk for Justice Charles Daniels on the New Mexico Supreme Court for two years and now works as a patent attorney at Peacock Meyers, New Mexico's largest intellectual property law firm here in Albuquerque.




2009



Cary Dougherty
Cary works at SunWest Trust in Albuquerque as an IRA specialist.




Stephen K. Martinez
summa cum laude
After graduation Stephen was accepted into the Nuclear Engineering Master's program here at UNM.




Matthew S. Ronquillo y Depaula
summa cum laude
Matthew plans to either join the Peace Corps or move to Seattle to pursue graduate studies.




2008



Luis S. Araiza




Anne L. Ozaksut
After UNM, Anne worked in the hedge fund industry for 5 years in Chicago creating financial reports (operations) and creating ways to create reports (software design). Anne is at the University of Texas finishing up her MBA to get a formal and complete education in business in order to become the stategic generalist she believes she is born to be.




2006



David C. Hebert
summa cum laude
David double-majored in Earth & Planetary Sciences. He will now attend Navy Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC, in preparation to becoming a Naval Submarine Officer.




Erin I. Vaughan (Husher)
After taking a break from academics to travel and spend time working in the optometry industry with her family, Erin returned to UNM. She earned her master's degree in Nuclear Engineering in May 2013 and her PhD in Engineering in July 2016, with a research focus on III-V semiconductor diodes for radiation detectors. As an NRC postdoc at AFRL, she is currently working on semiconductor nanowire device fabrication to study the carrier transport properties as a function of scaling.




Lonika Majithia
magna cum laude
Lonika double-majored in Biology, and she is now waiting to hear from the medical school to which she has applied.




2005



Jason Degani
Jason graduated from the UNM School of Medicine in 2009 and now specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology.




2004



Aaron A. Cabral
Aaron earned minors in Electical Engineering and Mathematics, is a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national math honor society, and now he is an accomplished DJ and business owner. He has also been admitted to the APS temp teachers pool (fall 05).




Daniel P. Estes
Daniel has been a student intern at Sandia Nat'l Lab for a couple of years, and he wants to continue the work in arms control. Law school is also part of his long-range plan.




2003



Jose M. Diaz
Jose completed the PandA program in May 2003.




Matthew Flint Kepler
Matt graduated in December, and is with Boeing SVS working on laser radar systems.




Bernadette Mendoza-Spencer
Bernadette completed her double major (Math and PandA) in December '03, and begins a graduate program in pure math across the street in January.




Robert P. Reese
Bob works at Sandia National Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in radiological measurements.




Molly Samsell
Molly is now teaching Physics, Math, and Photography at St. Michael's Academy in Bryan-College Station, Texas. She's also a volunteer DJ at the community radio station (Dec. 2004).




Carl L. Smith
Carl and his wife had their first child in August 2004. He's an adaptive optics technician at Boeing's Starfire Optical Range.




Philip K. Watje
Philip is an instructor at the Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science.




2002



Angela M. Richman
Angie is now with the National Park Service at Pecos National Historical Park. Her duties include night-sky education, and she is also involved in a nation- wide project to fight light pollution in the national parks.  She plans to work for the Park Service for a whilebefore applying to graduate programs in Astronomy Education. Meanwhile, she will take it easy and travel when she can afford to do so.




2001



Drichelle Lynn Estill
Drichelle currently lives in Albuquerque with her husband and 2 sons.




2000



Xavier S. Elizondo
Phoenix, AZ




Kathryn E. Fisher
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory




Greg Golden
Greg became a research engineer of NTUF (Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Washington) in 2000. His expertise includes scanning electron microscopes, Electron Beam Lithography (EBL), and soft lithography. Greg provides training on SEM, EDAX and EBL and performs contract work for remote users.




Jesse L. Stanchfield
Catalysis and Chemical Technologies Department, Sandia National Laboratories




1999



David A. Forrest
Santa Fe




John M. Potter
Creamland Dairy Labs, Albuquerque




Kevin E. Riley
Kevin, who double- majored in P&A and Chemistry, has earned a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry at Penn State (Dec. 2003), and will begin doing post-doctoral work for Professor Kenneth Merz at Penn's Chamblee Lab in January.




1998



Christine A. Glaser
Albuquerque, NM




James F. "Jay" Speed
Completed his M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering, emphasis in Astrodynamics, at the Univ of Colorado in May of 2001, and now gainfully employed at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., in Boulder, CO.




Timothy A. Varoz
Albuquerque, NM