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Simple Machines: Guests (2014)

Dr. Kathryn Devine

Assistant Professor of Physics, College of Idaho

I am originally from Rochester, Minnesota. As an undergraduate, I studied physics at Carleton College, a small liberal arts college in Minnesota. I went on to receive my Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. As part of my graduate studies, I spent two years working at the National Radio Astronomy's Very Large Array telescope in Socorro, New Mexico. For my graduate research I examined star-forming environments in infrared dark clouds (very dense concentrations of dust and gas in the Milky Way).

After I completed my graduate studies, I moved to Boise, Idaho to join the physics faculty at the College of Idaho. For fun, I enjoy many of the outdoor activities that Idaho has in abundance, including hiking, skiing, and climbing.

Dr. John Gardner

Director, CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute, Boise State University

John leads the CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute (CEERI), a state-wide partnership that combines cutting-edge research with education and outreach to promote energy efficiency. John also chairs the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB), a campus-wide body that coordinates and promotes sustainability practice, education and research at Boise State. He previously served as chair of the Boise State Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Department from 2001 through 2007.

Prof. Gardner has published more than 40 refereed research papers and 2 textbooks and is a registered professional engineer in Idaho and Pennsylvania. Prior to his appointment at Boise State, Dr. Gardner spent 13 years on the faculty at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, where his research in dynamic systems and controls led to publications in such diverse fields as railroad freight car dynamics and adaptive control of artificial hearts.

Dr. John Gardner was a guest scientist for this topic in 2006.

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