The Purdue Department of Physics is proud to have been associated with a large number of quality scientists over nearly a century as students, faculty or staff. Among them are such illustrious people as Julian S. Schwinger (Purdue faculty in 1940's, Nobel Prize 1965) and Ben Roy Mottelson (BS Purdue 1947, Nobel Prize 1975).
These pages are intended as both a tribute to our alums as well as an inspiration to our students. Here you will find our stories about our Distinguished Alumni, reports of recent alumni events, and the results of an alumni survey. The survey was designed to provide a link between our alums and our students. If you have not contributed to the survey, we encourage you to do so. Be sure to come back often to keep up to date on Purdue Physics Alumni.
Dr. Roger Dixon obtained his PhD in Physics from Purdue University in 1975, after completing a Bachelors degree in Physics and Mathematics from New Mexico Highlands University in 1970. In 1977, Dr. Dixon joined the staff of Fermilab, where he has spent his entire career since. He started in the Accelerator Division, then took various roles in the Research Division before going back to his roots when he was named Head of the Accelerator Division in 2003.
While at Fermilab, Dr. Dixon worked on the Tevatron II project, the DZero detector project, and the Cryogenic Dark
Matter Search (CDMS) project. However, Dr. Dixon considers his most important role at Fermilab to have been in the area
of outreach and education. He has been instrumental in the Saturday Morning Physics program, and he has been a judge
in the Siemens Science and Technology Competition since it began 13 years ago.
Rebecca Barfknecht has made her career in Information Technology for over 30 years in the areas of Infrastructure
Engineering and Hosting and Application development for Russell Investments, Intuit, Charles Schwab, and Pacific Bell.
Mark Ramsbey graduated from Purdue University in 1983 with a B.S. in Honors Physics and from the University of Illinois in
1990 with a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics. From 1990 through 2006, Dr. Ramsbey worked for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
in their Submicron Development Center, then with nitride storage based Flash memory. By 2006 AMD had spun off its Flash
memory division into a separate company, Spansion, where Dr. Ramsbey currently works.