Alumni Profile – Jared Lee ‘05

Jared is currently a Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  He earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from Penn State University in 2007 and 2012 respectively. “Being both a physics major and in the Curriculum II (now Three Crowns) program, I received a rigorous, well-rounded education that prepared me well for […]

Alumni Profile – Nathaniel Beaver ‘12

Nathaniel is currently a PhD. Candidate in physics at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He says of the Gustavus physics program,  “It is a thorough, rigorous curriculum combined with liberal arts and extracurriculars, as well as an excellent community and undergraduate research opportunities.”


Alumni Profile – Travis Lange ‘96

Travis is currently Senior Mechanical Engineer at SLAC National Accelerator Lab doing LSST Camera Integration and Testing.  He earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1998 through the dual degree program. “My intention upon entering the Gustavus physics program was to use it as a base for mechanical engineering. And for […]

Alumni Profile – Jenna Legatt ‘14

Jenna is currently a Quality Assurance Technician at Zimmer Biomet in Minneapolis. “Physics has taught me to always keep learning and use my curious nature to continuously grow. Not just in the sciences, but to always want to learn more about the world, about cooking, about latest news, about other people’s perspectives, etc. I truly […]


Alumni Profile – Collin Meierbachtol ‘07

Alumni Profile – Collin Meierbachtol  ‘07 Collin is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory .  He earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University in 2009 and 2013. “Gustavus prepared me by broadening my interests and introducing me to ideas, people, and places to which I would […]


Alumni Profile – Disa Wahlstrand ‘92

Disa is currently Vice President of Wisconsin Engineering Services at Ayres Associates in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  She earned an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1994. “Both the learning environment and academic content at Gustavus were key to my current professional success. With a great science and math foundation […]

Alumni Profile – Adam Karnofski ‘00

Adam is currently Finance Manager at Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati.  He earned his Masters in Chemical Engineering (Paper Science) from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2002 and MBA in Business Management from the University of Minnesota in 2006. “Gustavus taught me how to logically think through any problem, which has been valuable in my […]

Alumni Profile – Greg Haugstad ‘85

Greg is currently Research Manager Level 3 at the University of Minnesota where he is Principal Research Physicist and Director of the College of Science and Engineering Characterization Facility.  He earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Minnesota in1992. “The most characteristic descriptor of my professional life is incessant technical broadening, from the […]

Alumni Profile – Todd Peterson ‘91

Todd is currently an Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Associate Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University. He earned a MA in Physics & Philosophy from Oxford University in 1993 and Ph.D. in Physics from Indiana University in 2000. “The physics education, particularly in math methods, prepared me for success in graduate studies […]

Alumni Profile – Bradley Abell ‘10

Brad is currently a Geomechanics Scientist at W.D. Von Gonten Laboratories in Houston, Texas. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Purdue University in 2015. “Gustavus gave me the personal and professional tools to succeed in graduate school and land my first job. I found that the skills the physics department taught me were directly […]