San Diego State University Team - "SDSU"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matt Anderson, Department of Physics
My name is Scott Patterson and I am a senior at San Diego State University. I am working toward my B.S. in Physics with a minor in Astronomy, and I have had a great interest in science since a very young age. The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition has been a very engaging and useful experience and the knowledge I have gained in experimentation will be helpful throughout my career. I hope to attend graduate school for planetary science or education and continue a career in science.
My name is Michael Baude, and I am an undergraduate at San Diego State University. I have my A.S. in Chemistry Studies, and I am working towards a B.S. in Chemical Physics. For the last nine months, I have been doing research in high-resolution infrared spectroscopy. Specifically, we have been looking for a free radical which is of interest in Astro-chemistry and may play an important role in combustion. I anticipate that this competition will expand my knowledge of spectroscopy, and allow me to apply my existing knowledge to studying an entirely different species, namely, the sun. Eventually, (in graduate school) I would like to apply the knowledge from both this project and my research to quantum control and/or quantum optics, or possibly studying molecular dynamics.
Growing up camping and exploring the outdoors, I developed a passionate curiosity for the inner workings of the world around me. This curiosity led me to become a physics student at San Diego State University. Like any San Diego native, I frequent the beach and enjoy the weather, but when I’m not in the sun, I’m studying physics. As a fourth year undergrad, I am currently conducting research in the solar energy lab on campus for my senior thesis. Experimental physics in the lab has been both a joy and an educator, and I hope to continue my research throughout my academic career. Optics has been a fascinating topic in my research and classes and would be an exciting field for a future career.