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Brian Houser’s interests include the use of x-ray spectroscopy in the determination of the atomic structures of materials, specifically, crystalline solids under extreme pressures; all aspects of modern medical imaging, such as MRI and CAT scanning; and an interest in the scientific literacy of students in general.
Robert Ruotsalainen co-majored in physics and astronomy at the University of Washington, receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in 1974. After earning a PhD in astronomy from the University of Hawaii in 1982, he joined the Physics Department at Eastern Washington University in the fall of 1983. His instructional emphases include introductory algebra- and calculus-based physics, as well as upper-division courses in quantum and atomic physics, optics and astrophysics. Current research interests include the computational modeling of stellar populations and star formation within irregular galaxies.
Jason Stoke has been involved in solar energy research going back to his years as an undergraduate student and would like to continue working on projects in clean energy technology. His graduate studies involved the use of spectroscopic ellipsometry to investigate thin films incorporated into photovoltaic devices.
Based on this experience, his primary research interests are in the optical and electrical characterization of thin film photovoltaic devices. Previous research efforts have focused on the characterization of triple junction a-Si:H, CdTe, and CIGS solar cells using in-situ and ex-situ spectroscopic ellipsometry and other measurement techniques. For future research endeavors, he has a wide range of interests based on how people harness, use and store energy. He is interested in organic based photovoltaics and light emitting diode technology. Research projects involving thin film battery and hydrogen fuel cells research are also of interest. He would like to continue working on projects like these and help any students interested in photovoltaics get chance to do some research of their own.