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Michael Seale, Ph.D. Physics 1996

After spending almost 20 years teaching physics, I have moved on to an administrative role as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. Lindsey is a small, liberal arts college in (VERY) rural southcentral Kentucky. While I really enjoy teaching and interacting with students, I felt that I could better contribute to implementing positive change as an academic administrator. As a faculty member I never saw myself working for the "dark side," but I guess I'm now officially "one of them" as opposed to "one of us." I love what I'm doing and the people I work with are great. I even get to teach from time to time as well. (April 2021)

Robert Bailey, BS-Physics 1980

Currently the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER), a regional economic development organization in the Lynchburg, Virginia region that drives the development of innovative products and processes by providing local access to university and federal research and inventions. It targets the growth industries specific to the region and puts university innovations into action through practical implementation in industry. The goal is to increase the competitiveness for core, high wage industries and improve the long-term prospects of existing industrial employers by creating a knowledge-based research hub for the region.formed to develop an industry-focused regional research and development center. The CAER drives the development of innovative products and processes by providing local access to university and federal research and inventions. As part of the CAER, Bob also serves as Director of the SOVA Innovation Center for TV White Space Development. The SOVA Innovation Center focuses on the R&D, commercialization and deployment of TVWS technologies for providing affordable high speed broadband for rural regions. (February 2018)

Jonathan Skuza, Ph.D. Physics 2011

Jonathan is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. (March 2017)

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)