Personal Information

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I was born on March 5, 1961 in San Jose, California, and graduated from Willow Glen High School in 1979. I received a B.A. in Physics in 1984 from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1990 from the University of California at Santa Barbara. The title of my thesis was “Impurity Associated Magnetic Modes in Antiferromagnets”. During my tenure as a graduate student, I was affiliated with the Quantum Institute in the Physics Department at UCSB.  After graduating, I worked as a researcher at QUEST at UCSB.  I met my wife Michele in May, 1990, and we were married in February, 1991.  I started at Sam Houston State University as a tenure-track assistant professor in January, 1992.  In August, 1994, Michele and I had our first child, Heather.  Our second child, Colin, was born on Feb. 20, 1996.  Heather is a sophomore at Schimer College in Chicago, and Colin is a freshman at Texas State. In September, 2000, I took a position as an associate professor in the Physics Department at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).  I was promoted to full professor in September, 2002, and took over as department chair in February, 2007.  In August, 2013, I stepped down as chair, and resumed duties as a full professor.

Here’s a picture of us on a recent trip to California.