Alumni and Friends

The Department of Physics has over 900 graduates—in 46 states and 15 foreign nations—who have gone on to careers in telecommunications, materials, astrophysics, signal processing, theoretical research, academia, and many other fields. Our alumni have sought answers to some of our most challenging problems today, in areas including thin film studies, vibrations and rotordynamics, and green energy.

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Joseph Roti Roti

Joseph Roti Roti

'72, '65

Dr. Joseph Roti Roti graduated from Michigan Tech in 1965 with a BS in Physics. He continued his studies at the University of Rochester and earned a PhD in Biophysics in 1972, followed by a postdoctoral year at the University of Florida in biochemistry.

He was on the faculty at the University of Utah as assistant and associate professor of radiology until 1985 when he joined Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 1987, he has served as . . .

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Peter Kiefer

'02

    Upon graduation from Michigan Tech in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, I accepted a position at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, where I am currently an associate technical staff member. My physics degree has been exceptional preparation for the wide array of technical challenges that I have encountered in my career, including work on antenna analysis, large-scale radar simulations, information optimization, optical tracking sensors, and modernizing the nation’s instrumentation and range-safety radars. . . .

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Walter Kauppila

Walter E. Kauppila

'64

Professor Walter Kauppila graduated from Michigan Tech in 1964 with a BS in Physics. He attended graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, from which he received a PhD in Experimental Atomic Physics. After post-doctoral work at the University of Colorado and a visiting professorship at the University of Missouri-Rolla, he joined the physics department at Wayne State University where he has been since 1972.

Professor Kauppila is the author and co-author of more than 200 publications, . . .

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Debasis Datta

Dr. Debasis Datta

'94

Debasis Datta graduated with a PhD in Physics from Michigan Technological University in 1994. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he received his master’s in physics from Indian Institute of Technology. His research work at Tech resulted in ten publications in American Physical Review. Following the completion of his postdoctoral work, he started his career in Information Technology in 1996 as a software engineer in the IT services industry.

During his 16 year IT career, Debasis worked at . . .

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Peter Kiefer

'02

    Upon graduation from Michigan Tech in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, I accepted a position at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, where I am currently an associate technical staff member. My physics degree has been exceptional preparation for the wide array of technical challenges that I have encountered in my career, including work on antenna analysis, large-scale radar simulations, information optimization, optical tracking sensors, and modernizing the nation’s instrumentation and range-safety radars. . . .

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