Following my graduation with a degree in Physics from Manhattan College in New York City, I worked as an engineer for the Sperry Gyroscope Company on Long island in the Radar Division. I spent seven years in the U.S. Navy and then went to work for the Federal Government in a number of different programs. The most interesting and challenging was the Global Positioning System (GPS). Today this technology is available everywhere but it was not so in the "early days." GPS is an excellent example of an enormous project that drew on many different branches of science and engineering.
Teaching became a second career for me and I currently teach Physics and Earth Science at Father Judge High School in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I have taught Biology and Physical Science. When I learned about the RET program in the Spring of 2008, I immediately applied and spent five weeks that summer in Dr. Tony Lowman's Biomaterials Laboratory. The program gives a classroom teacher a first hand look at modern research and my own responsibilities focused on developing and testing hydrogels for spinal cord injuries.
I was fortunate to work in Dr. Brad Layton's lab in the summer of 2009. He has identified a gene for collagen in a specific species of marine bacteria. To get an idea of the type of experience that teachers can have through the RET program, please visit my web site at www.fatherjudge.com, click on Faculty/Staff and then my name, Mr. Art Gutzler.
Once again, I am fortunate to be back in Dr. Layton's lab as part of the RET-Nano Program for the current summer of 2010. In many ways I am picking up where I left off last summer learning about technologies that I will bring back to Father Judge in Septemmber to include in our curriculum.