Profile: Dr. Seth King
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, UW – La Crosse
I instruct introductory and advanced physics classes as well as conduct research focusing on the development of new oxide materials for solar cells, touch screens, and flat panel displays.
B.S. Physics, UWEC, 2003
Ph.D. Physics, UW – Milwaukee, 2009
The quality of instruction that UWEC physics majors receive in their core courses such as quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, classical mechanics, and thermal physics, means that a UWEC physics graduate has the tools to move directly into the rigors of graduate studies. Furthermore, as an experimental physicist, I found that the hands on knowledge of basic machining, experimental design, and equipment troubleshooting learned in advanced laboratory and electric circuits prepared me to function in the unpredictable world of a research laboratory.
While my classroom preparation for graduate studies was excellent, it was the ease of access to research that truly prepared me for success in my field. At UWEC I explored areas of research ranging from planetary science to condensed matter physics. Learning how to develop and ask a scientific question, answering this question, and interpreting and presenting the results are important career skills that can only be gained through experience and practice.