Physics Learning Center Staff

Susan Nossal (Director)


Susan started the Physics Learning Center about ten years ago, modeled after the Chemistry Learning Center. Susan also conducts atmospheric physics research.

Eric Hooper


Eric Hooper is a research astronomer (basically physics applied to "up there") with interests in the supermassive black holes in the centers of distant galaxies.  He likes to ski, travel, write, photograph, and is fascinated by dinosaurs and volcanoes.   

Amihan Huesmann


Amihan returns to the PLC after stints as a professor at Gustavus Adolphus College and an academic advisor for science and pre-health students at the University of Minnesota. Her PhD research was on atmospheric fluid dynamics, so she tells her students that her dissertation was all about solving Newton's second law for a stratified, rotating, spherical shell of a viscous, turbulent fluid. With thermodynamics and chemistry. She is obsessed with waves of all kinds, especially visible light and color.

Chris Moore


Chris has been at the PLC since January of 2014.  Previously he was the Outreach Coordinator for the Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC), a national science lab that provided infrared, visible, ultraviolet, and x-ray light for scientific research.  SRC was located near Stoughton, WI.  While growing up in Chile, Chris became interested in astronomy and solar energy.  He is also intersted in hiking, canoeing, local food security, and trying to figure out how to live with the effects of climate change.

Akire Trestrail


Akire has been affiliated with the PLC since 2011. He first became a tutor in 2001, which culminated in him teaching physics at a community college in Northern California before moving to Wisconsin to pursue his PhD in Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin. Akire is extremely passionate about sharing the knowledge and joys of science with others. 

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