I earned my B.S. in Chemistry in 1980 from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I earned an M.S. in Physics in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1984 from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. I have done graduate research on “Theory and Ex Situ Studies of the Electrochemical Double Layer.” After graduating from USU in 1986, I took my young family to the University of Dusseldorf in West Germany where I worked as a Von Humboldt Research Fellow. I was an NSF Research Associate at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., before working as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. From there we moved to Morgantown where I worked as a research assistant professor and visiting professor at West Virginia University. I came to Fairmont State in 1994 and teach physics, astronomy and chemistry (occasionally). My wife and I have enjoyed raising our eight children in Fairmont. Other interests include camping and hiking, home improvement, family history and religious and community service.