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The Board of Visitors at CERN in Geneva for the Fall 2019 meeting

Board of Visitors

The charge to the Physics Department Board of Visitors is to:

  • Advise and assist the Department in increasing awareness among alumni, students, peers, and the general public of the Department’s achievements.
  • Assist the Department and the UW Foundation in fundraising for needs that are not met by general purpose revenue.
  • Serve as ambassadors and advocates for the Department.
  • Advise on mechanisms for optimizing the collective impact of the Department’s research activities.
  • Provide mentoring, networking, and career assistance to Physics undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral associates.
  • Help the Department assess the impact of new research directions on society.

UW Foundation Representative

The UW Foundation Representative to the UW–Madison Physics Department and its Board of Visitors is Mae Saul, Associate Director of Development. She can be reached by email at mae.saul@supportuw.org or by phone at (608) 216-6274.

Members of the Board

Carl J. Anderson

Dr. Carl J. Anderson received his BS in physics from the University of Missouri in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University Wisconsin – Madison in 1979. A lifelong employee of IBM Corporation, Carl is now at IBM in Austin TX and in 2000 became an IBM Fellow.

Paul DeLuca

Professor DeLuca recieved a B.S. in Physics from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Later he recieved a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at the University of Notre Dame. Currently he is an Emeritus Professor at UW-Madison with affiliations to the Medical Physics, Radiology, Human Oncology, Biomedical Engineering, and Engineering Physics departments.

Thomas Dillinger

Tom’s ties to the University of Wisconsin-Madison are many and varied. He received a BS-AMEP degree in 1977 (Phi Beta Kappa), and an MS-EE degree in 1978. He was an Adjunct Professor in the ECE Department in 1982-3, introducing a new course in Applied Microelectronics. He has served as a member of the ECE Department’s Industry Advisory Committee. His father was Joe Dillinger, Professor in the Physics Department from 1946 until 1975. After many years at AMD, Tom joined Oracle Corporation working in the former SPARC division of Oracle acquisition Sun Microsystems.

Fatima Ebrahimi

Dr. Fatima Ebrahimi received a BSc in Physics from the Polytechnic University of Tehran in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. She is a Principal Research Physicist at the PPPL Theory Department and an Affiliated Research Scholar at the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University. Her research interests span from magnetically confined fusion plasmas to flow-driven plasmas, such as accretion disks.

Lloyd Hackel

Dr. Hackel received a BS degree in Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics (AMEP) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1971 and an MS degree in 1973 and a Doctorate degree in 1974 in Applied Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lloyd left the laser division of Lawrence Livermore National Labs to commercialize a process for laser peening at Curtiss-Wright’s Metal Improvement Products Co. in Livermore, CA.

Roger Hagengruber

Roger Hagengruber is Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) Senior Vice-President Emeritus and also Director Emeritus of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Institute for Public Policy. He has served on the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC), TRAC Science and Technology Panel, and on the DTRA Basic Research Review Committee.

Paul Hatchell

Paul Hatchell joined Shell in 1989 after receiving his PhD in theoretical physics. He began his career at Shell’s Technology Center in Houston and worked on shear-wave logging, quantitative seismic amplitude analysis, and 3D AVO applications. Paul is currently a member of the Areal Field Monitoring team and Shell’s “Principal Technical Expert” for 4D reservoir surveillance. His current activities include developing improved 4D seismic acquisition and interpretation techniques, seafloor deformation monitoring, and training the next generation of geoscientists. In 2017 Paul served as the SEG distinguished lecturer.

Craig Heberer

Board of Visitors Chair

Craig received his degree in Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Physics (AMEP) from University of Wisconsin – Madison and has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a MBA from Duke University. Craig worked in various areas of aerospace engineering and now does consulting for start-up companies.

Thomas K. (Tom) Holley

After many years in petroleum research at Shell Oil Co., Dr. Thomas K. (Tom) Holley took on the task of establishing, and now directing, the Petroleum Engineering Program at the University of Houston. In 1982 he received his Ph.D. with Professor Chun Lin at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Rock Mackie

Dr. Rock Mackie, a professor emeritus of medical physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Mackie’s career has been focused on planning and delivery of radiation therapy to cancer patients. His group developed the 3-D treatment planning system that became the Philips Pinnacle treatment planning system, the most widely used radiation therapy treatment planning system in the world. His group was also the developer of tomotherapy, which is the marriage of a linac and a CT scanner.

Katerina Moloni

Dr. Katerina Moloni received her Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Minnesota in 1995. After completing postdoctoral appointments at Purdue University and UW-Madison she joined nPoint in 1999 as a senior scientist. She has overseen nPoint’s transition to new global markets for nanopositioning technology, and is currently responsible for product development.

Greg Piefer

Dr. Piefer received Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison before entering graduate school in the Nuclear Engineering program. In graduate school, he studied nuclear fusion under Dr. Gerald Kulcinski earning his Ph.D. in 2006. He is the founder and CEO of SHINE Medical Technologies a leader in safe, clean, affordable production of medical tracers and cancer treatment elements.

Raghu Raghavan

Raghu Raghavan received his PhD from UW-Madison in Physics in 1976. He was the Founder & Director, Center for Information-enhanced Medicine at the National University of Singapore, Singapore. Since 2004 he has been the president of Therataxis, LLC, a research contracting company.

Jennifer Strabley

Dr. Jennifer (Sebby) Strabley received her Ph.D in atomic physics in 2004. After graduation she was a National Research Council Postdoctoral fellow in Dr. William Phillips (Nobel Prize 1997) group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Since 2007 Dr. Strabley has worked in Honeywell Aerospace Advanced Technology in Plymouth, Minnesota, specializing in technology development for advanced aerospace sensors and microsystems.

Senthil Sundaram

Dr. Sundaram recevied his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with Prof. Bob Joynt. He is currently head of market risk at Two Sigma.

Wesley Traub

Dr. Wesley Traub received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (1968) and worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for 37 years. Since 2005, Wes has been the Chief Scientist for NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program and has a particular interest in coronagraphs and spectroscopy to image terrestrial planets discovered by the Kepler Mission in the habitable zones.