Featured Alumnus: Robert Hanisch ('76)

Lawrence University alumni are devoted to their alma mater and Robert Hanisch could well serve as an exemplar of such devotion. Since graduating in 1976 with a major in physics and serious time spent on piano performance, Bob has returned to Appleton frequently and made numerous contributions to Lawrence and the physics program in particular.  After his graduate studies in radio astronomy at the University of Maryland—College Park, Bob was a visiting professor at Lawrence in the fall of 1981 during which he inaugurated the tradition of twice-weekly physics tea (with cookies!).  More recently, Bob served as chair of the Physics Advisory Committee, a body that provides regular feedback to the LU physics department on its activities.  He recently established a faculty development fund aimed at igniting new faculty research directions and broadening the impact of ongoing faculty research. 
  Bob’s professional career has been impressive.  Following a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Netherlands, Bob joined the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Baltimore, Maryland (which operates the Hubble Space Telescope under contract to NASA), and led various software development, data archiving, and computational support activities.  He also directed the development of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO).  The VAO is an ambitious effort to systematize astronomical data and make it available to astronomers and astrophysicists worldwide.  Recently Bob moved from STScI to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland to which he brings his vast experience in the management of large and complex datasets. He will head a new department responsible for data management and informatics.  In addition, he has served in a number of leadership roles with the International Astronomical Union and been a member of numerous advisory committees and review panels.
  Bob continues to play the piano, accompanying a friend who is a cellist with the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago and playing in the pit orchestra in amateur theatrical productions. His wife, Susan Neff, is an astrophysicist with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Their daughter, Emma Hanisch, recently graduated from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland with a major in psychology.

Featured Alumna: Cindy Regal ('01)

Since graduating from Lawrence summa cum laude in 2001, Cindy Regal has maintained her usual brisk pace. She completed a Ph.D. in BEC physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2006 as a Hertz Fellow, married fellow physicist Dr. Scott Papp, accepted postdoctoral positions at Boulder and then at Caltech, and received prizes recognizing the high quality of her Ph.D. thesis. She then chose to return to Boulder to launch her academic career as a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Physics and Fellow at JILA and to expand her family with Scott by way of a son Nolan and daughter Amelia.
  Over the past few years, Cindy has built an experimental research group populated by postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates, collaborated with fellow physicists at Boulder, taught a variety of physics courses, received major research and professional grants in support of her research and teaching, and continued to push back the frontiers of atomic/molecular/optical physics in areas such as trapping of a single neutral 87Rb atom with optical tweezers, the exploration of near-quantum behavior of laser-cooled micro-mechanisms, and an examination of the optomechanical squeezing of light. Cindy still plays the violin when she gets a chance, and she, Scott, Nolan, and Amelia enjoy treks into Colorado Rockies.  The Department of Physics and Lawrence University take great pride in Cindy’s impressive array of accomplishments in these past fourteen years.

Graduates of the Lawrence Physics Program


Betzold, Amber

Coenen, Ashley

D'Souza, Sanfer

Doares, Andrew (Drew)

Kozloff, David

Liang, Tianchu (Alex)

Martinez Zambrano, Daniel

Rasmussen, Tanner




Cullen, Joseph

Friend, Michael (m)

Gabriel, Hannah

Herman, Alyssa (m)

Hoang, The Gia (m)

Jakes, Will

Lohrmann, Erich

Patterson, Alex

Sinai-Yunker, Cooper

Van de Graaff, Michael

Wennerstrom, Michael



Black, Gus (m)

Dempsey, Jack (m)

Mayer, Karl

Price, Micah

Thayer, Travis

Williamson, Ellie

Wright, Aaron


Darrell, James

Exarhos, Stephen

Klocke, Melissa

Miller, Joia

Qiu, Fangzhou (Frederick)

Readinger, Adam

Strehlow, Henry

Van Hoozen, Brian

Zhang, Zhe


Corsbie, Chris (m)

Bodee, Brad

Bodnar, Carol

Choudhury, Faraz

Frater, Eric

Glenn, Lawrence

Gray, Kelsey

Knoedler, Andrew

Lerch, Amelia

Stephenson, Alyssa


Meichle, David

Niederriter, Rob

O'Halloran, Joe

Treiman, Michael

Ziege, Julia


Anderson, Matt

Fulton, Daniel

Harbage, David

Huck, Peter

Malyshev, Gennady

Marheine, Sarah

Peck, Emily

Phillippi, Andrew

Robert, Domi

Rude, Sara

Smoniewski, Jason

Solberg, Jeffery

Toussaint, Ted

Van Camp, Mackie

Zehfus, Corey


Bajracharya, Anmol

Curry, Sarah

Dowd, Will

Garbacik, Erik

Geisthardt, Russell

Gerrity, Randy

Halverson, Max

Hector, Julian

Kane, Andrew

Maas, Robert

Megow, Erik

Pierquet, Michael

Rubin, Jacob

Sit, Stefany

VanArsdale, Michael

Weber, Karl


Exarhos, Annemarie

Ha, Bao

Hawley, Chris

Lasowski, Matt

Rice, Brandon

Schneck, Maureen

Schwert, Brent

Weiss, Claire


Borej, Bart

Burton, Amanda

Casner, Dan

Dolan, Kyle

Douglas, Nat

Goil, Aditya

Griffith, Jon

McNeil, Henry

Rodenbeck, Joe

Ryan, Duncan

Silwal, Rupesh

Stackpole, Matt

Teodoro-Dier, Adriana

Tipping, Bradley


Bhinge, Rahul

Brown, Edward

Dogaru, Alex

Evans, April

Hahn, Steven

Kost, Lauren

Kunwar, Samridha

Mauro, Nick

Schonfeld, Paul

Warmington, Leighton


Dietrich, Matt

Gooden, Dmitri

Kaminski, Scott

Kruesi, Liz

Levin-Koopman, Jason

Mills, Dwight

Milne, Michelle

Schendel, Megan


Curtis, Val

Growdon, Mark

Heitman, Kristen

Kohlmann, Steve

Krupka, Nick

Peterson, Ace

Phelps, Chris

Robinson, Kim

Sonderegger, Evan

Wells, Joe

Witt, Suzanne


Dralus, Danica

Jung, Ryan

Marksteiner, Quinn

Phillips, Wellington

Thuecks, Derek

Tice, Dane

Sampson, Robin


Bluett, Jaques

Cross, Josh

Gauthier, Rudy

Johnson, Leif

Kopp, Angela

Pelzer, Adam

Regal, Cindy

Schmitt, Stuart

Theiss, Adam

Vande Hey, Josh

Warrick, Jay

Yakes, Michael


Dunleavy, Teresa

Kondratko, Paul

Reeves, Jessica


Beck, Tim

Brubaker, Erik

Fernandez, Luz

Holst, William

Moore, Eric

Nongkynrih, Neville

Sezer, Ben

Steffen, Leta

Tamamoto, Brent

Taylor, Kurt

Trigg, Scott

Walby, Chad


Donnelly, Michael

Dostal, David

Lewandowski, Amie

Nishimura, Michael

Nornberg, Mark

Shaw, Scot

Truitt, Jim


Bassett, Alfred

Delaney, Scott

Feist, Jeffrey

Fiora, Renate

Harrington, David

Kimball, Paul

Miller, Tim

Murschel, Scott

Schmidt, Chris

Smith, Wade

Stenner, Michael

Syed, Sheyum

Thompson, Todd

Thorne, Adam

Tong, Anthony

Tourdot, William

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