Major?Physics and Astronomy
Have you done research?
Yes, I work with Dr. Hendrickson and Dr. Thomas on electromagnetics and I have also worked with Dr. Thomas on my Service Learning project to create a Planet Walk for Downtown Eau Claire.
What is your research about?The purpose of the research I am doing on electromagnetics is to get a good classroom simulation of an induced magnetic field by a planet on an orbiting satellite, such as the interaction between Jupiter and Europa. This would show the magnitude of the induced field in comparison to the original field, and would make it easier to understand why a subsurface saline ocean is suspected on Europa.
The Planet walk contains scale models of each planet placed along a path of reasonable walking distance to show the true scale of the solar system. The sun is at one end, slightly larger than a beach ball, and Pluto (yes Pluto is included) is 1.08 miles away and about the size of a poppy seed. We want this project to spark an interest in the community about science, show the vastness of our universe, and hopefully create an opportunity to attract tourists to the downtown business district.