John C. McGrew
I study materials that can be used to detect nuclear radiation, with the goal of improving the resolution of imaging systems. I study the charge transport properties of semiconductors, the factors that influence their energy resolution, and ways to minimize electronic noise.The ultimate goal would be to produce a device that is highly sensitive, low maintenance, and cheap enough to to be used everywhere, such as for radiation therapy, environmental monitoring, disaster cleanup, or astrophysical observation.
As I advance through graduate level research and courses, I sense a real demand for new pedagogical material in math and physics. Not just textbooks, but interactive, customizable, and tailored material that can reach the student in new ways. I'm earning my advanced degree in hopes of being at the forefront of new teaching methods at the undergraduate and graduate level.