Photo of a 1970's Graduation (click for larger image)...
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Read a collection of Biographies of our SDSU physics graduates.
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The physics department maintains a SDSU physics alumni email list 'phys-alumni'
(you can subscribe to it yourself,
or just email us).
All alumni are also invited to keep in touch with us through the
'From Quarks to Quasars' Departmental Newsletter.
To receive a free hard copy, additionally email your postal address to the
Facebook has a
'SDSU Physics Alumni' group.
The main SDSU-wide Alumni site at
http://www.sdsualumni.org/ is where you can also keep
your contact details updated!
Two of Our Notable SDSU Physics Alumni:
Dr. Timothy Day
--- BS/MS in Physics 1985/1987.
Dr. Day is the CEO, CTO and Chairman of
Previously, he was the CTO and Senior VP
of New Focus an optics startup he
cofounded in 1990. He received his B.S. and M.S. Physics at SDSU with honors and
went on to get his Ph.D. at Stanford. His Ph.D. thesis focused on
frequency stabilized, solid-state lasers and as a part of his doctoral work,
Dr. Day was the first to achieve relative stability with diode-pumped solid-state
lasers at the sub-hertz level. Dr. Day also made several advances in the theory
of coherent optical communications as affected by diode-pumped solid-state lasers.
He was awarded the
2006 College of Sciences Monty
--- Last Updated 14th August 2007.
old SPS and old New Focus websites]
Dr. Ellen Ochoa
--- BS in Physics 1980.
Dr. Ochoa became a
in 1991, and flew on four missions
including the first docking mission with the International Space Station,
in which she coordinated the transfer of supplies and also operated the
RMS (Remote Manipulator System) during an 8-hour space walk.
She was the first U.S. Hispanic in space, and last flew in 2002 onboard
Dr. Ochoa received her BS Physics at SDSU in 1980 and both
the MS, Ph.D in EE at Stanford University.
She was the
1995 SDSU Alumna of the year. As Chief of the
Intelligent Systems Technology Branch at Ames,
she supervised 35 engineers and scientists in the research and development of
computational systems for aerospace missions. She is currently
Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center.
--- Last Updated 20th September 2007.
Last updated: 5th May 2010
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