Our graduates go on to do interesting things. Many are physicists, engineers and teachers and others are successful outside physics. Our graduates include
- a program director at NSF,
- a gynecologist at the University of Wisconsin
- a patent lawyer
- a company president and award winning inventor (congratulations Keith!)
- many teachers at local high schools
- many engineers
These pages are updated periodically. If you are a graduate, please tell us about your successes and share your updated info! Email David Abbott with the details.
Graduates, by year (most recent first)
Carrie O'Donel (2013)-- In July 2013, Carrie works for Robson Forensic as an Engineering and Technical Analyst.
Aaron Sprow (2012)-- Aaron earned a BS in Physics and starts graduate school at the University of Kentucky in Fall 2012.
Carlene Schwartz (2012)-- Carlene earned a BA in Physics in May. Carlene has been working at Calspan for the last two years.
Steve Clement (2012)-- Steve earned his BS Ed in Physics in December 2011 and spent the remainder of the academic year substitute teaching in Virginia. Steve has been admitted to the MS Ed program at Buffalo State.
Steven Wilser (2012)-- Steve earned a BS in Physics and a BS Ed in Physics in December 2011.
Laura Lang (2012)-- Laura earned a BS Ed in Physics in May2011.
Camden Barber (2012)-- Camearned a BS Ed in Physics in May 2011.
Melissa Chudyk (2011)-- Melissa earned a BS in Math and BS in Physics and is now attending graduate school in math at the University at Buffalo.
Yianna Fantrazzo (2010) - Yianna graduated with a BS Ed in Physics. (updated May 2010)
Aaron Gollegly (2010) - Aaron graduated with a BS Ed in Physics. (updated May 2010)
Adam Mojeski (2010) - In 2011, Adam is an engineer at GP:50, a company that manufactures temperature and pressure tranducers. In 2011, Adam gave a talk for the BSC Physics Club about his career (to date).
Joseph Steiner (2010) - Joe registered in the Ph.D. program in Medical Physics at LSU in Fall 2013. In 2011, Joe worked as an engineer for CEM Machine in Carthage, NY. CEM makes industrial size wood chippers and shredders. (updated July 2013)
Chad Taylor (2010) - Chad graduated with a BS in Physics. (Updated May 2010)
Darren Wiewiorski (2010) - Completed the 3/2 Engineering program at UB. Darren works at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Connecticut. (Update November 2010)
Alex Benns (2009) - Alex is working as a research coordinator for the Frontier Science and Technology Research Foundation. He is assisting with clinical trials in AIDS studies. (updated 2010)
Griffin Harmon (2007) -- Grif has been teaching at the Christian Brothers Academy in Rochester, NY since 2008. (Updated 2011).
Neil Miller (2007) -- Neil is a health physicist at the US Army Corps of Engineers. He's also attending RIT for his Master's in Environmental Health and Safety Management.
Brian Janke (2006) -- Finished the 3/2 program at the University of Buffalo (B.S. in electrical engineering, 2007). He is working at Whirlpool Appliances in Saint Joseph, Michigan. As part of his employment package, Brian will be pursuing a M.S.E.E. at the University of Michigan starting in Fall 2008.
Andrew Marzec (2006) -- Now teaches physics at Hutch Technical High School in Buffalo, NY. (updated 2009)
Ryan Heary (2005) -- Ryan now attends graduate school at University at Buffalo and is doing condensed matter theory. He earned a fellowship to study at UB.
James Ruppert (2004) -- James graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from UB and worked for TVGA Consultants from 2005-2009. In 2011, James works for Nussbaumer and Clarke as a Engineer and Construction Inspector. (updated 2009)
Timothy O'Mara (2003) -- In 2007, Tim is in our physics teacher certification Master's program.
Andrew Sannes (2003) -- In 2007, Aaron worked at CalSpan. In 2013, Andrew works as a Quality Control Technician at Stellar Technology, Inc.
Richard Gearns (2002) -- Teaches Regents and AP Physics at Sachem High School East.
Timothy Hughes (2002) -- Teaches physics at Williamsville East High School.
Timothy Quintavalle (2002) -- Completed the 3/2 Physics-Engineering program at Clarkson College.
Leslie Seier (2002) -- Completed the 3/2 Physics-Engineering in chemical engineering at the University at Buffalo.
Sarah Mahoney (2002) — Currently working at the University of Nevada, Reno as an LOA (Loan on Appointment) Research Assistant in the area of Hyperspectral Remote sensing. (Updated 2009)
Joseph Boettcher (2002) -- Joe graduated with a BS Ed.
Silvy Murphy (2001) -- When she came to Buffalo State, Silvy had already earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Cornell (1987) and a J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center. Silvy had worked as a Law Guardian, serving children in NY State, and more recently as a solo practicing Patent Attorney in Cary, NC. Silvy died unexpectedly at age 43 in 2009.
Shannon Seneca (2001) — In 2011, Shannon is a PhD candidate at UB in the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, having recently accepted a National Science Foundation IGERT traineeship in the department’s new ERIE program in ecosystem restoration. She is studying the removal of Stintium-90 from groundwater. She recieved a MS in Civil Engineering from UB in 2006.
Joel Fridmann (2001) — Received a M.S. in Physics from Florida State University, doing research in nuclear physics. While in graduate school, Joel published an article in Nature: Fridmann, J. et al. Nature 435, 922-924 (2005).
Jermaine Kennedy (1998,1999) --- Graduated in physics in 1998 and in secondary education in 1999. Jermaine finished a Ph.D. at University of Southern Florida. His research is in experimental solid state and optics.
Dave Graf (1999) — Received a Ph.D. in Physics from Florida State University (2005). He is working at the magnet laboratory there as the first Jack Crow post-doctoral fellow.
Joe Karnath (1999) — Received M.S.Ed. from the University at Buffalo in Science Education. Now teaching Earth Science at Hamburg High School.
Lawrence Hiller (1998) -- Teaches physics at Nichols School in Buffalo. Several of Larry's students have attended BSC. (updated 2012)
Dave Cavanaugh (1997) — Finished the 3/2 program at University at Buffalo in electrical engineering. He works for an engineering firm in the southwest.
Mike Liona (1997) -- Working as a senior project engineer for Hatch Mott MacDonald in Milburn, New Jersey. Mike does structural design of steel frames, tunnels, bridges for a variety of clients, including government agencies and private companies. In 2006, his work took him to Suriname.
Ed Robinson (1997) — Electrical engineer at Xerox
Ken Smith (1997) — Teaching physics at James Wood High School in Winchester, Virginia.
Steve Johnson (1996) — Received a Ph.D. in medical physics at University of Cincinnati.
Sowmya Varadarajan (1996) — Worked at the engineering school at RIT in their internship program. He then got a job at Northern Telcom in Dallas, Texas and attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Hans Koppenhoffer (1996) — Finished the 3/2 program in civil engineering and is currently employed by an engineering firm in the southwest.
Joel Stuckey (1995) — Currently working at Northrop Grumman. After he left Buffalo State he went to Argonne National Laboratory and then received a masters degree from Northwestern University.
Mica Cacciatore (1994) -- Completed the 3/2 program at the University at Buffalo.
Joan Zoltanski (1994) -- Attended medical school at the Case Western Reserve University. In 2011, Dr. Zoltanski practices critical care and pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Clevelend, OH.
Tim McGovern (1994)-- Tim is an engineer at Erdman Anthony in Buffalo, NY. Married to Linda Ricigliano McGovern.
Linda Ricigliano (1994) — Currently employed by ITT Hartford. Married to Tim McGovern. (Updated 2011).Dave Koren (1994) — Received a masters in physics at University of Pittsburgh.
Robert Willoughby (1994) — Is a professor at Erie Community College (North Campus) in 2012.
Ming Chen (1993) — Currently employed by Lucent Technology.
Steve Harfenist (1992) — Got a Ph.D. in physics at Georgia Tech. Worked at Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo. (entry updated 6/2011)
Robert Huber (1992) — Received an engineering masters at SUNY Binghamton.
Tova Ablove (1991) -- Attended medical school at the University at Buffalo and is now an Assistant Professor specializing in gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Khanh Chu (1991) — Received a Master's degree in Information Systems from Florida Institute of Technology. Currently working for the Department of Navy (NAVAIR), writing, maintaining, and testing software.
Elaine Kramholler (1990) -- Works as a middle school teacher.
Gary Trbovich (1990) -- Recieved a M.S. from University at Buffalo in 1994 and now works in finance and software development. Says Gary: "...a strong natural science and mathematical background is very well respected (and well served) in the engineering community and on Wall Street. By the way, the best thing about working on Wall Street is that when the domestic equity markets are closed, so are we - even us F/X guys."
Troy Conwell (1989) — A 3-2 physics/engineering major who works for Northrup-Grumman.
Matt Budzinski (1989) — Matt went on to get a Ph.D in Medical Physics from University at Buffalo (Roswell Park Cancer Institute). In 2012, Matt is a professor at Erie Community College, North Campus.
Thomas McMasters (1989) -- Tom is a captain in the United States Air Force stationed at Edwards Air Force Base.
David State (1989) -- Attended Syracuse University Law School.
Mark Niedziela (1988) — After getting his B.S. from BSC, Mark worked as an engineer for over a decade, Since 1999, he has been the Director of Technology at Saint Francis High School in Buffalo. In 2007, he is considering returning to BSC Physics to get an M.S. in physics in education.
Robert Stoklosa (1988) -- Robert is now a financial advisor for LPL Financial Services and lives in the Buffalo area.
Christopher E. Hempel (1988) — Graduated with a degree in physics and later obtained an civil engineering masters degree and a law degree. He works as an attorney in New Jersey.
Jackie Mancini (1988) — Graduated with a degree in physics and is Director of Marketing and Product Management for TX RX and Bird Electronics.
Ronald Kelly (1988) -- Graduated in physics and later got a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Ron is the co-founder and CEO of Gecko Energy Industries. Ron is a Motorola Distinguished Innovator, holding more than 20 patents.
John-Michael Klym (1987) -- Works for Boeing Aircraft.
Robert Hutteman (1987)-- In 1989, Bob earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo. Bob is now president of Lu Engineers, a company with 40 employees in Rochester, NY.
Thomas Boje (1987) -- In 2009, Tom works for Bergmann Associates Engineers as a program manager for Sunoco Retail Construction. According to Tom, "... even though I didn't get a job in the physics field, the problem solving skills that I learned helped me tremendously- from managing convenience stores and people to construction projects."
David Loffredo (1987) --- Graduated in physics and information systems management. David got a Ph.D. at Rensselaer in Computer Science in 1998. One of the co-founders of STEP Tools, Inc., Dave serves as Vice President of Product Development at STEP. Dave works closely with the International Standards Organization to develop standards for CNC machinery, file exchange, GD&T and C/C++ implementation
Nicole Tedesco (1987) --- Graduated in physics and works for Software Systems Architect in Seattle.
Douglas Gill (1987) — Graduated in physics and later a Ph.D in Material Science from University of Wisconsin. He works for Bell Labs in New Jersey.
Scott Brotz (1987) — Graduated with a degree in physics and works for the State Police and United States Air Force.
Anthony Bonghi (1986) -- Completed the 3/2 Physics-Engineering program.
Eric Chernet (1986) -- Completed the 3/2 Physics-Engineering program.
John Geiger (1986) -- Completed the 3/2 Physics-Engineering program.
Michael Koch (1986) -- Mike is a Senior Laboratory Engineer for The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.
Keith Kowalski (1986) -- Recieved a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY at Stony Brook and is now President of Flame Spray Industries. Keith won the 2009 Intellectual Property Owner's Inventor of the Year award for Plasma Transferred Wire Arc apparatus and method, which allows car manufacturers to deposit molten metal coating to the inside of engine cylinders.
Daniel Murray (1986) -- Works for Raytheon.
Robert Musilli (1986) -- Works for Ford Motor Company in Michigan
David Cocuzzi (1985) -- Recieved an M.S. from Alfred University.
Leonard Ortenzi (1984) -- In 2011, Lenny teaches physics at Finger Lakes Community College. (updated 6/2011)
Daniel Collins (1984) — Worked for 14 years at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory as a satellite launch and orbit analyst. Currently he is a part-time consultant to M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory and full time physics teacher in Dunkirk High School.
Chi Poon (Eddie)Tam (1984) -- Eddie graduated with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State in 1990.
Forrest Thomson (1982) — Graduated with a degree in physics and accepted a civil service position within the Department of the Navy (DON) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC).
William Denson (1980) -- Now a Senior Engineer for IIT Research Institute and is currently assigned to The Reliability Analysis Center in Rome, NY.
Richard Barvainis (1976) -- Is now a Program Manager at National Science Foundation in the Division of Astronomical Sciences (MPS/AST)
William Hultman (1973) -- Recieved a B.S. in Physics from Buffalo State, M.S. in Statistics from Rutgers and a JD from the SUNY School of Law at Buffalo. Admitted to the NY Bar in 1978. Most recently, William was CFO of MERS, a utility for the real estate industry.
Michael D. Freedman, M.D., FACP, FCP (1969) — Graduated with a physics degree and went to medical school. Most recently has taught at Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine and its affiliate, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, where he was an Assistant Attending Professor in the Department of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, and an Attending Physician at the New Children's Hospital of Baltimore and Center for Reconstructive Surgery.
Eugene P. Covelli (1968) — Graduated with a physics degree and became Chairman of Erie Community College North Campus Physics and Engineering Science Departments. He is retired.