Who we are

CU-Prime is a growing, evolving organization with lots of amazing people working hard to make it happen! Here's a little bit about who we are, in no particular order...

John Bartolotta
John is a physics graduate student at CU Boulder. He is currently working on theoretical calculations for a novel laser cooling technique. John enjoys hiking and board games.

John works with the Holland group in JILA.
 
Jamie Principato
Jamie is an undergraduate student in the Physics department.  She is interested in light and it's interactions with matter and space, observing the sun and night sky, and playing with abstract mathematical patterns as if they're legos. When she isn't playing with math and science, Jamie loves to sing and make art.

Jamie works with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, and is an instructor for the CU Prime Class (PHYS 1400).
 
Lucas Kolanz
Lucas is an Engineering Physics undergrad student. He enjoys hiking and plays intramural soccer. You may recognize him as the guy who falls off his longboard a lot.
Adam Ellzey
Adam is an undergraduate student in Physics at CU Boulder.

Adam works in the JILA Instrument Shop.

Kerrie Dochen

Kerrie is an undergraduate student in Physics at CU Boulder. She researches neutrinos!

Kerrie works with the High Energy Physics Group.

Peter Madigan

Peter is an undergraduate student in Physics at CU Boulder. He researches neutrinos!

Peter works with the High Energy Physics Group.

Katie Rainey

Katie is a graduate student in the Physics Department. 

Katie works with the Physics Education Research Group

Mathis Habich

Mathis is an international student from Germany (M.Sc. in 2015, CU-Boulder). His field of research lies within nuclear theory, focusing on relativistic hydrodynamics and its application to the quark--gluon plasma, a new state of matter found at the experiments conducted at CERN, Switzerland, and RHIC, New York. He was an instructor for the CU-Prime class PHYS1400 in 2014 and 2015. Besides physics, Mathis is also interested in philosophy.

Mathis works with the Romatschke Group.

Ben Chapman

Ben is a graduate student in the Physics Department. He studies how things vibrate when they get really cold. Ben enjoys climbing and being in the mountains. 

Ben works with the Lehnert Group.

Joel Corbo

Joel is a post-doc in the Center for STEM Learning, working on a project aimed at promoting institutional change in STEM departments. Joel is really good at puzzles! 

Joel works with the Physics Education Research Group

Andrea Egan

Andrea is a former graduate student in the Physics Department. She went to Barnard College, and enjoys gardening!

Nico Hernandez Charpak

Nico is a graduate student in the Physics Department. He studies how laser light interacts with nanoscale objects. Nico is from Colombia! 

Nico works with the Kapteyn-Murnane Group.

Dimitri Dounas-Frazer

Dimitri is a post-doc in the Physics Department. He is from Colorado, and his family is from Greece!

Dimitri works with the Physics Education Research Group

Greg Hoth

Greg is a graduate student in the Physics Department. He studies atomic sensors. When he's not doing Physics, Greg can often be found performing in improv shows!

Greg works with the Atomic Devices and Instrumentation Group at NIST.

Simone Hyater-Adams

Simone is a physics student from Pennsauken New Jersey. She earned her BS in Physics from Hampton University in May 2014, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors. She is continuing her education in the interdisciplinary ATLAS PhD program at CU with a focus in Physics Education Research. She is currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow developing theory connecting physics identity and racial identity for students of color.

Simone works in the ATLAS Institute.

Michelle Miller

Michelle is a graduate student in the Physics Department. She studies how electrons interact with strong pulses of light. 

Michelle works with the Becker Group.

Rob Niederriter

Rob is a graduate student in the Physics Department. He researches fiber lasers in Electrical Engineering at CU Boulder, and owns a sailboat! 

Rob works with the Gopinath Group.

Ben Pollard

Ben is a graduate student in the Physics Department pursuing a PhD in experimental nano-optics. When not shooting small things with lasers, he pursues interests in physics education, bassoon playing, folk guitar, rock climbing, backpacking, or skiing. Ben was born in Boulder, grew up in State College, PA, and went to Pomona College majoring in physics and computer science. He also has a penchant for yoga!

Ben works with the Raschke Group.

Dan Reinholz

Dan is a post-doc in the Center for STEM Learning, working on a project aimed at promoting institutional change in STEM departments. As an educational researcher, Dan focuses on the role of reflection in learning. He also plays drums in Ghost of Ivy, an alternative rock band! 

Dan works with the Physics Education Research Group.

Devin Rourke

Devin is a graduate student in the Physics Department. He researches nanophotonics in Electrical Engineering at CU Boulder. Devin coaches a cross country team at Centaurus High School! 

Devin works with the Park Group.