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

Ian Miller, Dec 2008

Todd Schuh, Dec 2009

Shawn Kozey, Dec 2008

Nate Hughes, Dec 2008

Craig Steward, May 2008

Ben Rickman, May 2010

Jake Smith, May 2007

Morgan Lowery, May 2007

Mark Sala, May 2007

Craig Hineline, May 2007

Lucas Johnson, Dec 2007

Doug Hickok, in CS MS program at UWP

Beth Darrow, Dec 2008

Jessica Zink, Dec 2008

Meghan Murphy, Dec 2008

Matt McGill, May 2008

Ashley Selzner, May 2006 


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.


Finished ICP Chamber - Photograph of a Chamber I Designed and Assembled

Capsule Design - My Construction Drawings for an Analyzer Housing

Micro IEA IC Manufacture - Process Flow Pictorial for the Sandia Micro IEAs I Use to Measure Ion Energy

Micro IEA Potting - Sowa Method for Potting Sandia Micro IEAs Which I Used to Build My Analyzers


Ion Energy Analyzer Data Aquisition - I Use This to Control Instruments that Measure Ion Energy Distributions

Langmuir Probe Data Aquisition and Analysis - I Use This to Measure Plasma Parameters like Electron Temperature and Density

Fourier Transform Data Smoothing - A Program I Use to Smooth Raw Data

RF Filter Analysis - I Use this to Predict the Efficacy of Some Electronics I Build and Use to Gather Data 

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