Physics Career Day 2019

Physics Career Day 2019

Dear physics students and postdocs,

The 3rd Annual Physics Career Day will take place on Friday, January 11, 2019 (the first Friday of the Winter Quarter when undergraduate students do not have the lab class).

My goal is for you to learn about the exciting and rewarding career opportunities open to you by hearing from our physics alumni with a variety of career paths and different levels of experience. If you would like to invite any specific alumni to the 2019 Physics Career Day, please let me know.

See the following webpages for the 1st and 2nd events
2018 (2nd Physics Career Day)
2017 (1st Physics Career Day)


Date & Time: Friday, January 11, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: KPTC 206

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Conversations with graduate students and postdocs
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Panel presentation and Q/A with undergraduate + graduate students + postdocs
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner with undergraduate + graduate students + postdocs
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Candid conversations with undergraduate students — Desserts will be provided

Alumni who attended this event

Matthias Jamison-Koenig

STEM Teacher, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy

Matthias Jamison-Koenig (AB '09) has worked in science and math education for 6 years, currently at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep within Chicago Public Schools.  He entered this field following a brief period working in research at Fermilab.  Matthias left research to earn his teaching certificate at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and now holds endorsements in physics and mathematics.  While at Brooks, Matthias founded CPS's first high school fencing team, helped establish a unified STEM department and curriculum, and has worked with teachers across the district to pilot competency based education in mathematics and science courses.

Nathan Mueggenburg

Associate Professor, Lake Forest College.

Nathan Mueggenburg earned a BA in physics and mathematics from Illinois Wesleyan University and a PhD in physics from The University of Chicago in 2004 after working with Heinrich Jaeger and Sid Nagel on granular materials experiments. He is now an Associate Professor of Physics at Lake Forest College, a small, undergraduate only, liberal arts school north of Chicago.

Lisa Nash

Data Scientist, IDEO

Lisa finished her PhD at UChicago in July 2017 under the advisement of William Irvine. Currently Lisa works as a data scientist and designer for IDEO Chicago. IDEO is a global design company that seeks to create positive impact through design. IDEO products range from Apple’s first manufacturable mouse in the early 1980s, to current work on the future of mobility with Ford. At IDEO, Lisa works on interdisciplinary teams of designers, engineers, and data scientists to envision and prototype ways that data science and AI can be used in products and services that improve the lives of users. More about daily activities can be found here. In her free time, Lisa rock climbs and makes art in the ceramics studio.

Sophia C. Vojta

Sophia Vojta is an alumna of the College and graduated in 2018 with bachelor's in physics. As an undergraduate, Sophia worked as a research intern at Argonne National Laboratory in particle accelerator research and development. She also held various STEM education roles. These included a position designing physics exhibits at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and a role with the UChicago physics department conducting education research on physics laboratory courses. Sophia now works at the University of Chicago's Office of Career Advancement as Assistant Director of the UChicago Careers in STEM team, where she advises and supports College students interested in pursuing many different STEM fields.