Position title: Director
Susan started the Physics Learning Center about ten years ago, modeled after the Chemistry Learning Center. Susan also conducts atmospheric physics research.
Akire has been affiliated with the PLC since 2011. He first became a tutor in 2001, which culminated in him teaching physics at a community college in Northern California before moving to Wisconsin to pursue his PhD in Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin. Akire is extremely passionate about sharing the knowledge and joys of science with others.
While growing up in Chile, Chris became interested in astronomy, solar energy, and the nature of things. He is passionate about creating a welcoming, inclusive, and active learning environment for all students as they work hard to learn physics concepts and how they relate to the world we live in. He likes to do yoga, bike, hike, kayak, camp in wilderness settings, and observe the wonders of the night sky. Chris believes in bringing about change through participation in our democracy and continues to learn how to live with the effects of climate change.
Eric Hooper is a research astronomer (basically physics applied to “up there”) with interests in the supermassive black holes in the centers of distant galaxies. He likes to ski, travel, write, photograph, and is fascinated by dinosaurs and volcanoes.
Position title: Learning Center Instructor
Laura got her B.S in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her M.S in astrophysics from California State University, LA. With an interest in community astrophysics, her personal mission is to make physics more accessible to everyone. She always welcomes conversations about anything, from astronomy to hot dogs! Other hobbies include watching true-crime and being active.