Alumni

Most of the graduates of the Department of Physics have been accepted by graduate school before their graduation, or have been employed shortly after graduation. A&T physics majors have been employed by agencies such as Lockheed Martin, NASA, Ford Motor Co., General Electric, IBM, The Environmental Protection Agency, and at high schools and universities.

The late Dr. Ronald McNair earned his BS degree in physics at A&T in 1971. Dr. McNair will be long remembered as an outstanding graduate of the Department of Physics. After leaving A&T Dr. McNair earned a PhD. degree in laser physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and launched a career as a research scientist.

Here is an interesting and informative link about Dr. McNair.

Additionally, a multi-media media display of A&T in Space was unveiled recently.  It is on permanent exhibit in the lobby of the Academic Classroom Building.
Here is a link about some of our Alumni.  We always want to know how our Alumni are doing!  Please send your information to Katherine Wilkerson @ kawelker@ncat.edu to be included on the Alumni page.
 

Alumni

 Dr. C. Marcel Buford
Dr. C. Marcel Buford is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). At IDA, he works in many areas of technical cognizance to the Department of Defense. He serves as a military operations researcher, weapon system acquisitions analyst and developer of unique ​knowledge management ​software tools.​Dr. Buford deployed to the United States Forces headquarters, Baghdad Iraq where he led a team of analysts who advised the Commander of the United States Forces, General Ray Odierno, on asset acquisition strategy, mission planning and prioritization. ​Dr. Buford earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His graduate work focused on hydrogen generation for fuel cells. Following his graduate work, Dr. Buford was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) where he researched micro­ultracapacitors for microelectronics. Dr. Buford is a 1996 graduate of NC A&T SU.
 

Dr. Jasmine Crenshaw

Dr. Jasmine Davenport Crenshaw is an engineer, speaker, and author with over ten years of experience in research and development. Nevertheless, this woman is passionate about the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). As a STEM advocate, she trains leaders to limitless opportunities in STEM through teaching, seminars, and mentorship.

She is a native of Durham, NC and holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from North Carolina A&T State University, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida. Her past appointments include the University of Richmond Integrated Science Experience (URISE) program director; University of Richmond biology instructor; Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) postdoctoral fellow; Department of Defense (DoD) systems engineer.

Dr. Crenshaw is the Founder and President of Mind Over Matter Consulting, an education consulting firm that prepares women and people of color to enter STEM careers through academic preparation, career training, and support networks. Increasing the number of degree recipients amongst underrepresented populations fulfills a national need for a skilled, technical workforce, and accurately reflects the emerging demographics of the United States. Furthermore, she coauthored the book STEM Navigators: Pathways to Achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, where she offers advice on how to successfully obtain a STEM degree.

Dr. Crenshaw bio

Mr. James Killen:  MS in Environmental Engineering, 1998, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Environmental Consulting/Project Management  1997 - Present:  Site Assessment and Remediation:  Manufactured Gas Plant, Petrochemical, Commercial and Industrial, State and Federal Agency Funded Cleanup, Property Divestment, Regional Drinking Water Studies, Water Quality Modeling, Regulatory Compliance

Dr. Benjamin McCarter is a Project Manager at Corning Inc. At Corning, Benjamin provides project leadership for business critical projects related to new process or product development, capacity expansions, relocation, modifications, alterations, and manufacturing process improvements. In 2006, Benjamin relocated to Taiwan where he served as the Division Measurement Project Manager for Corning’s capital expansion projects in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and China.  During this time, he managed the design and construction of each plant's measurement facilities, measurement technology transfer from R&D to the various glass display plants, and the innovation process for new glass cutting and microscopy technologies that are crucial to the company’s business needs and strategies.

In 2014, Benjamin returned to the US to take an Application Engineering role, on the specialty fiber commercial team. In this role, he worked closely with the product line manager to developed growth strategy roadmaps and operational capability plans geared toward improving the Division's profitability. He has recently returned to engineering where he is a Project Manager for Corning’s Manufacturing Automation Systems Division. Benjamin earned his BS and MS, in Physics, from North Carolina A&T State University and his MS, in Project Management, and MBA from the University of Maryland University College.

Contact Info:
Corning Incorporated
One Museum Way
HP-CB-06-B5A
Corning, NY 14831
607-974-5166
mccarterb@corning.com
Dr. Christophe McCray
Dr. Christophe L. McCray
Research Staff Member
Institute for Defense Analyses 
 
Dr. Christophe L. McCray, Ph.D., is a physicist in the field of laser technology.  He has worked as a laser physicist and program manager for NASA Langley, DRS Technologies and ITT Advanced Engineering Systems.  He moved to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as a program developer in nanotechnology.  While at ONR, he helped develop their 2007 Science and Technology (S&T) portfolio strategy focusing on linking S&T resources to Naval needs.  He is presently a Senior Research Staff Member at the Institute of Defense Analyses (IDA).  At IDA he deployed to Iraq, managed OSD Joint Data Support (JDS) Irregular Warfare group, and has led multiple tasks concerning the management of DoD M&S resources, container management within DoD and is currently leading a DIA task focusing on Counter Threat Finance.
Contact Info:   
Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
4850 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA. 22311-1882
 
 
Dr. Ken Phillips
Dr. Ken Phillips received his B.S. degree in Physics from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, an M.S. in General Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. inEnvironmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.  He has served as Curator for Aerospace Science at the California Science Center since 1990 and is responsible for creating the vision that shapes the exhibits and programs in aeronautics and space exploration. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy in USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and teaches the FreshmanSeminar course on the space shuttle and the public understanding of science.
 
Dr. Tennile Presley
Dr. Tennile Presley is an Assistant Professor of Physics in the Department of Chemistry at Winston Salem State University.  Her research focus is to provide a better understanding of contributing factors to vascular dysfunction and blood disorders (such as nitric oxide and heat shock proteins) as they relate to overall functional health in diabetic individuals in the African American population.  Currently, she is studying the influence of heat treatment on hyperglycemia and how this effect contributes to changes in the availability of nitric oxide and the fragility of hyperglycemic red blood cells.  Furthermore, she intends to explore mechanisms to enhance the interaction of heat shock proteins and nitric oxide in diabetic individuals through diet manipulation and exercise.  Dr. Presley is also interested in examining biomarkers of diabetes to augment earlier detection of the disease and investigate how various biomarkers may differ in African Americans in comparison to other populations where diabetes is not as prevalent.  
 
Dr. Lynnae Quick
Dr. Lynnae C. Quick
The Planetary Science Institute
lquick@psi.edu
 
2013-Ph.D., Earth & Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
2011-M.A., Earth & Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
2010-M.S., Physics, The Catholic University of America
2005-B.S., Physics, North Carolina A&T State University  
 
Dr. Lynnae Quick is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina.  She graduated from James Benson Dudley High School in 2001. In 2005 she obtained a B.S. in Physics from North Carolina A&T State University. While at A&T, Dr. Quick participated in REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) programs at the North Carolina A&T Environmental Studies Site and Geophysical Lab, and at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), in Charlottesville, VA. She was also a research associate in the NASA Academy Internship Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD. Dr. Quick recently completed a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellowship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Presently, she is a CRESST Postdoctoral Fellow in the Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory at NASA-Goddard and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). In the coming year, she will be joining the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) as a Research Scientist. 
 
Dr. Quick conducts research on various aspects of planetary volcanism, planetary thermal modeling, and astrobiology. Current projects include the formation of volcanic domes on Venus, and on Jupiter’s moon Europa, icy volcanic (cryovolcanic) processes on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and Neptune’s moon, Triton, the stability of a subsurface ocean within Triton, and the efficacy of using porphyrins and tetrapyrroles as biomarkers for extraterrestrial samples. She is also involved in flight mission work, serving as a Co-Investigator for the Europa Imaging System (EIS), a dual-camera imaging system that will fly on NASA’s flagship mission to Europa.  Dr. Quick is a past recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Bromery Fellowship and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) Graduate Student Fellowship, and was recently awarded a NASA Early Career Fellowship, granted by NASA's Science Mission Directorate to early career researchers based upon the merit of their current research, scientific record, and promise as a member of the planetary science community. She is also a recipient of a NASA Astrobiology Early Career Collaboration Award, administered by the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI).

 

Dr. Vernon Simmons:  MS & PhD in Physics, 2004, University of Pittsburgh
1995 - 2004 National Institute of Science & Technology Chemical Science & Technology Lab Fellow
2005 - 2014 Shield Designer, Ship Engineering ActivityBettis Laboratory
2014 - present Instructor, Bettis Reactor Engineering School Bettis Laboratory
 
Dr. Jonathan Smith
Dr. Johnathan Wynn Smith
National Research Council Research Associate
NOAA/NOAA Center for Climate and Weather Prediction
NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division
5830 University Research Dr.
College Park, MD 20748
 
Dr. Jonathan Wynn Smith is a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division (SMCD) in College Park, MD. He studies the long-range transport of trace gases and their contributions to the tropospheric ozone maximum over the Tropical Atlantic Ocean. He uses the WRF-Chem model, ozonesonde measurements, and NOAA satellite sounder retrievals in his work. He has participated in the Aerosols and Ocean Science Expeditions (AEROSE) and Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (DYNAMO) field campaigns and ozonesonde and radiosonde launches in Cape Verde and Senegal. Jonathan participated in the Big 10 Summer Research Opportunities Program, NOAA Educational Partnership Program, and the National Centers for Atmospheric Research Graduate Visitors Program. Jonathan has teaching, reviewing, and judging experience.  Jonathan has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts and conference proceedings.  His educational background is a Ph.D. – Atmospheric Sciences at Howard University, M.S. – Meteorology at Penn State, and a B.S. – Physics at North Carolina A&T State University.  He is a native of Georgia but grew up in North Carolina and has always been interested in weather.
Leandra Waters

LeAndra Waters is a graduate North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a B.S. in Physics (Engineering). She is currently holds the position of “STEM Program Coordinator” within the education department of Envision (Experience Company), located in Vienna, VA. As the STEM Program Coordinator she is responsible for the daily duties of the following programs: Advanced Medicine, Medicine, and Engineering and Technology serving mostly high school age students. These programs service more than 5,000 students annually. The daily duties include: Support the development of curriculum, training, and student materials in accordance with program objectives, Supervise and evaluate assigned team of seasonal instructional and support staff, including conducting performance evaluations, and so much more. LeAndra is excited with her new role and hopes to have longevity in the career in Education especially in STEM.

Kevin Wedderburn is a native from the island of Jamaica and came to the United States of America in the fall of 1999 to fulfill his dream of doing academic studies in the field of physics. While doing his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics, he developed a strong desire to do research in Theoretical Physics. When he completed his degree in 2002 he got accepted to do graduate research in Electronic Structure Theory at North Carolina A & T State University (NCA&T). In the early summer of 2003 while at NCA&T, he had the opportunity of being a visiting research student along with professor and supervisor Dr. Solomon Bililign to the University de Provence in Marseille, France. He also went on to be a visiting research student at Duke University under the supervision of Dr. Weito Yang (The Philip Handler Professor of Chemistry) in the late summer of 2003. After earning his Master’s degree in physics at NCA&T, he held an adjunct teaching position at Guilford Technical Community College for a year then was accepted into the graduate program at North Carolina State University (NCSU) to pursue his Ph.D. in physics. During his tenure at NCSU, he transitioned into a teaching career at Wake Technical Community College where he taught physics before moving with his family to Rochester Hills, Michigan. Currently he works as a CNC Machinist at Fitzpatrick Manufacturing Company in Sterling Heights, Michigan.