Careers of Recent Graduate Students


What do our graduates do after obtaining their degrees? There are a wide variety of career paths physics PhD's pursue, and that's one of the attractive features of Ph.D. in Physics. Many of our graduate students stay in academia first as a postdoc or as an assistant professor, and some move on to the private sector directly after graduation or after doing a postdoc in academia. Shown below are career paths of our recent graduate students after graduation.
To our graduate alumni: We would like to keep this list updated. When you have updates in your career, can you please let us know via this form? Thank you.
  • Khant Minn (2021) Optical engineer at Intel Corporation
  • Chao Zhang (2021) Postdoctoral fellow at Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China
  • Jared Feir (2021) Lecturer in Physics and Mathematics, Baylor University
  • Xiang Zhao (2021) Scientist in an AI company in Hangzhou, China
  • Brian Ko (2020) Test engineer at MKS Instruments
  • Caleb Smith (2020) Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kansas
  • Blake Birmingham (2020) Postdoctoral fellow at Baylor University
  • Chris Madrid (2020) Postdoctoral fellow at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Travis Whyte (2020) Postdoctoral fellow at the College of William and Mary, and then postdoctoral fellow at DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • Brandon Mattingly (2020) Research Scientist, The Midre Corporation, McLean, Virginia
  • Madhurima Bhattacharjee (2019) Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Computer Science of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Jacob Oost (2019) Research Engineer, Odyssey Space Research, NASA, Houston
  • Chuchu Xiang (2019) Postdoctoral fellow at Baylor University
  • Ken Call (2019) Research Scientist, US Air Force, Civilian Position
  • Suman Baral (2018) Founder, Everett Institute of Science and Technology--assisting Nepalese STEM students in the US
  • Yaobiao Xia (2017), Postdoctoral fellow at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and then Research and Development Scientist at Z-Spec, Inc
  • Bao-Fei Li (2017) Postdoctoral fellow at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Eva Kostadinova (2017) Postdoctoral fellow at Baylor University, then Assistant Professor at Auburn University
  • Meera Gurung (2017) Physics Instructor, McLennan Community College
  • Xinwen Wang (2017) Cooperation Manager at the Alibaba Shanghai Center (automatic car sector), China
  • Jeremy Kunz (2017) Masters student in Radiation Oncology, University of Toledo and then Assistant professor in Radiation Oncology, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Bahram Shakerin (2017) Spousal OPT Training Support, Dallas, TX
  • Ke Zhu (2016) Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame
  • Ahmad Borzou (2016) Postdoctoral fellow Syracuse University, NY
  • V H Satheeshkumar (2015) Postdoc in Department of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Physics, the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, then Faculty, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Yanbin Deng (2015), Postdoctoral fellow at Capital Normal University of China
  • Razieh Yousefi (2015) Postdoc in Biochemistry at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas
  • Dhurba Sapkota (2014) Ph.D. student at Univ. of Toledo
  • Brandon Harris (2014) Postdoc at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Quan Liu (2014) Graduate Student in Finance at U.C.-Berkeley
  • Douglas Moore (2014) Postdoc in Radiation Health Physics at Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, TX
  • Aditi Mukhopadhyay (2014) Senior Data Scientist, Praemo, Kitchener, Canada
  • Jared Greenwald (2013) Postdoc at Sandia National Labs, NM
  • Yongqing Huang (2012) Postdoc at Momenta Pharmaceuticals
  • Zhenbin Wu (2012) Postdoc in Physics at Baylor University and then University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Zhuanhao Zhang (2012) Process R&D Engineer at Micron Technology
  • Angela Douglass (2012) Associate Professor of Physics at Ouachita Baptist University, AR
  • Karen Bland (2012) Lecturer at McLennan Community College
  • Qianyu Ma (2012) Data Analyst at Siemens
  • Timothy Renner (2011) Data Scientist at ExoAnalytic Solutions, CA
  • Victor Guerrero (2011) Senior Software Engineer, Google Ads Forecasting Team
  • Michael Devin (2011) Lab Instructor at Collin College, TX
  • Samantha Hewamanage (2011) Postdoctoral Fellow at Florida International University
  • Martin Frank (2011) Research Associate at the University of Virginia, then Assistant Professor at the University of South Alabama
  • Qiang Wu (2009) Associate Professor of Physics at Zheijang Univ. of Technology, China
  • Samuel Joseph (2009) Founder of Lavabits Corporation
  • Andreas Tziolas (2009) President of Icarus Interstellar; Adjunct Faculty in Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Alaska; Chief Scientist at Variance Dynamics; President and CEO of Venus Prime Corporation
  • Matthew Robinson (2009) Mathematics Consultant for Department of Defence
  • Sammy Joseph (2009) Deputy Premier, Montserrat
  • Richard Obousy (2008) CEO of Richard Obousy Consulting; Founder of Icarus Interstellar
  • Kedar Manandhar (2007) Postdoc at the Univ. of Illinois
  • Trinity Ellis (2005) TD Mod and Integr Yield Eng Mgr at Intel Corporation



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