Patterson Research Group

PRG members on current projects meet weekly to discuss research progress. 




Cody Lang UW-Stout 2017
Roy Lindsay UW-Stout 2017
Aaron  Forde UW-Stout 2015
Joseph Loeffler UW-Stout 2015
Caleb Ryberg UW-Stout 2015
Sarah Voeller UW-Stout 2015


Matt Bouc UW-Stout 2013
Chris Buelke UW-Stout 2013
Kirk Coughlin UW-Stout 2013
Austin Schwartz UW-Stout 2013
Jonathan White UW-Stout 2013
Tom Yungbauer UW-Stout 2013
Liang Xi UW-Stout 2012
Aaron Cochran UW-Stout 2010
Doug Hickock UW-Platteville 2010
Ryan Kraft UW-Stout 2010
Ben Rickman UW-Platteville 2010
Jacob Ferrina MATC 2009
Bill Hahn UW-Stout 2009
Joe Pagenkopf UW-Stout 2009
Ryan Schele UW-Platteville 2009
Todd Schuh UW-Platteville 2009
Ben Tredinnick UW-Platteville 2009
Beth Darrow UW-Platteville 2008
Nathan Hughes UW-Platteville 2008
Shawn Kozey UW-Platteville 2008
Matt McGill UW-Platteville 2008
Ian Miller UW-Platteville 2008
Meghan Murphy UW-Platteville 2008
Craig Steward UW-Platteville 2008
Jessica Zink UW-Platteville 2008
Craig Hineline UW-Platteville 2007
Lucas Johnson UW-Platteville 2007
Morgan Lowery UW-Platteville 2007
Mark Sala UW-Platteville 2007
Jake Smith UW-Platteville 2007
Ashley Selzner UW-Platteville 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.


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 

Completed Projects

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

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My Research Topics