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Paul Rutt, Ph.D. Physics 1993 
I serve as the Director of Independent Research and Development at a ~500 person privately held aerospace company, SEAKR Engineering, that is located near Denver, Colorado. The skills and relationships that I developed in graduate school at W&M have formed key elements of my career foundation. My research includes defining and implementing strategies for the space qualification of microelectronics including Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) electronics. A specific focus is on the qualification of high density commercial memories along with commercial processors and mixed signal devices for use in satellite applications. These research activities have included accelerator based Single Event Effect (SEE) measurements and mitigation strategies. My primary responsibility is the identification and programmatic direction of R&D investments. I'm also responsible for developing and maintaining technology roadmaps for technologies critical to SEAKR product lines. My very best wishes to the faculty, staff, and students in the W&M Physics Department. (January 2017)

Benjamin Rislow, Ph.D. 2013 
Physics Faculty at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Fall, Iowa (June 9, 2015)

Roger Blomquist, B.S. Physics 1969 
Served on a nuclear-powered submarine 1972-1974. PhD Nuclear Engineering, Northwestern University, 1979. Principal Nuclear Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory, specializing in nuclear reactor physics (low-energy neutron physics) High school physics and math teacher in Charleston, South Carolina. Boy's Soccer junior varsity head coach, varsity assistant coach: Varsity won a State Title this year! (July 12, 2014).

Charles Lucas Jr., B.S. and Ph.D. Physics/1964 and 1972
Honored by Who's Who Worldwide as the Professional of the Year Representing the Field of Physics for 2013 for the publication of the book "The Universal Force Volume 1 Derived From A More Perfect Union of the Axiomatic and Empirical Scientific Methods". The book has been endorsed by the President of the Natural Philosophy Alliance, the largest association of independent scientists in the world as well as many other smaller societies. (October 22, 2013)

Abby Shockley, B.S. Physics 2007 

 I just received my Ph.D. in physics from University of California, Davis in October 2013. Next year, I'll be working at University Paris-Sud as a post-doc studying frustrated magnetism in the NMR group with Dr. Philippe Mendels. (October 21, 2013)