Patterson Research Group

PRG members meet weekly to discuss research progress. 


 Aaron Forde

Roy Lindsay

Joe Loeffler


Class of 2013

Chris Buelke 

Matt Bouc

Kirk Coughlin

Thomas Yungbauer

Class of 2012

Class of 2011

Class of 2010

Class of 2009

Class of 2008, UW-Platteville

Class of 2007, UW-Platteville

Class of 2006, UW-Platteville

Jacob Smith



I began my professional life at the University of Florida - Gainesville. I studied physics there and also got a minor in women's studies. You might say my professional life began a bit earlier, though.  

In high school I enjoyed science fairs. I liked the creative freedom. In my senior year, I won a 4 year summer internship with then-AT&T Semiconductor. That led me to a year of semiconductor engineering after earning my BS. The year in industry as a process engineer solidified my conviction to attend graduate school. All the interesting stuff was being done by engineers with graduate degrees.

While I was finishing graduate school at UW Madison, I got a position as a physics professor. I really enjoyed it. After 4 years, I felt it was time to move on. I wanted to focus more on my research and be closer to family. I joined UW Stout's Physics Department in August 2008. If you want more information on my research interests and the courses I teach and develop, read on.

My training is in physics and materials science. I like to think that materials means every possible thing known to man, except energy. Some of the cooler kinds are superconductors, polymers, biological films, tissues, semiconductors, and my personal favorite: materials on the nanoscale. Why my favorite? Small materials do very weird things.


This "playable" nanoguitar was made by electron beam lithography at the Cornell Nanoscale Facility by the Harold Craighead Research Group

Take a guitar string. Imagine plucking it. It makes a sound in the audible range (20 Hz - 20 kHz). Now, shrink that down to the nano scale: that means shrink it so the diameter is about the size of a human hair, sliced on its axis 100 times!! This kind of string would make a sound that is definitely not audible, at 40 MHz!! You can't just expect small things to behave like their normally sized counterparts. That's what makes it fascinating.

My Research Topics


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