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Thomas Moses

Professor & Chair of Physics

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The disciplined approach to problem-solving developed by the study of physics is particularly valuable for students entering high-tech fields, business, medicine and the law.

Other recent Knox alumni with a major in physics have completed graduate degrees in physics as well as astronomy, mathematics, science, education, and an array of fields of engineering.

Some are pursuing their education...

  • Medical Student, University of Colorado. Sarah West '09. Boulder, Colorado.
  • Ph.D. Student in Mathematics, University of Michigan. Jordan Watkins '07. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Ph.D. Student in Chemistry, Vanderbilt University. Ryan Meier, '07.
  • Law Student, Fordham University. Nick Klein '02. New York City, New York.

Some pursue careers in research and engineering...

  • Electrical Consulting Engineer, Environmental Systems Design, Inc. Soe Myint '09. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe. Tomomi Sunayama '09.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University Medical Center. Muwen Kong '08.
  • Systems Engineer, Raytheon. Sam Gagnard '08.
  • Mechanical Engineer, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Kelly Burgess '06. Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • Mechanical Engineer, Cobham Mission Systems. Aaron Kimball '06. Davenport, Iowa.
  • Product Development Engineer, Boeing. Christin Datz '05.
  • Technical Specialist, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Virginia McCreary '04.
  • Data Scientist, SETI Institute. Jeff Smith '01.

Some go into education...

  • Physics Teacher, Lindblom Math and Science Academy. Andy Fitz '08. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Knox College. Nathalie Haurberg '06.
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Maryville University St Louis. Kelly Lave '04.
  • Physics Teacher, Saint Ignatius College. Danielle Pierce '99.

And some have found success in other fields...

  • Wholesale Credit Assistant Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ruby Goh '11.
  • Assistant Editor, The Enquirer. Cheryl Vari '96. West Chester, Ohio.
  • Co-Founder, The New York Space Alliance. Sean Casey '82.

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