Halsmer has been the Physics
Instrument Shop Foreman since 1995. He has extensive
experience in all aspects of machining and manufacturing.
He began working with lathes and mills in the
mid-1960's at the Lafayette Halsmer Airport
which was owned and operated by his family.
After a four year tour with the US Air Force,
he started his machine shop career in 1975 by
working in the tool room at Fairfield Gear.
He acquired additional skills by working for
five years in the tool and die shops in South
Bend IN before joining Purdue's Central Shop
in 1983. Tom has been a CNC instructor at Ivy
Tech for two years and moved to the Physics
Instrument shop in 1985. He assumed the shop
foreman's position 1995. Under his leadership,
the Physics Shop has integrated computer design
and CNC machining into its day to day operation.
Howard brings over 32 years of experience
in all phases of machining, fabrication and
manufacturing to the Purdue Physics Instrument
Shop. He began his career in 1972 with Hyster,
learning a wide variety of machine shop operations.
He then became a tool and die maker and CNC
programmer at Fall Creek Plastics and worked
five years at Danville Metal Stamping, gaining
experience with wire cut EDM's, CNC mills and
CNC lathes. He joined the Physics Instrument
Shop in 1995.
Jim Corwin is
in charge of the Physics faculty shop and teaches
an introductory course in machine shop techniques.
He joined the Purdue Instrument Shop in 1995
after spending seven years at Bioanalytical
Systems where he was the shipping manager. He
has extensive autocad and CNC experience and
has written instruction manuals for graduate
student training on lathes and mills. When his
time is not required in the faculty shop, he
works on jobs in the Instrument Shop.