Current Graduate Students

taylor connor

Taylor Connor


Taylor Pyne Connor grew up in Oldwick NJ where he attended Delbarton high-school. In '05 he graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in both Mathematics and Physics with a focus in Biophysics. He joined the High Energy Astrophysics group of the University of New Hampshire in '06 where he works for Dr. Mark McConnell as a Ph.D. candidate. His thesis project is the design, construction, calibration and data analysis of the Gamma Ray Polarimetry Experiment (GRAPE) flight modules and balloon payload.

camden ertley

Camden Ertley


Camden Ertley graduated from the University of Akron in 2007 with a B.S. in physics and a minor in applied mathematics. During his final year, he received an internship through the SULI program at Argonne National Laboratory. After graduating, Camden joined the high energy physics department at the University of Chicago as a research assistant. Camden began his graduate studies in 2008 at the University of New Hampshire and in 2009 joined the Coded Aperture Survey Telescope for Energetic Radiation (CASTER) project with Professor Mark McConnell.


Manuel Julien


Manuel grew up in Montreal's region of Canada. He graduated in 2000 from the University of Montreal with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and in 2003 with a Masters of Science in Physics. Manuel joined the High Energy Astrophysics group of the University of New Hampshire in '07, where he works for Dr. James Ryan as a Ph.D. candidate. His thesis project is the design, construction, calibration and data analysis of a FAst Compton TELescope (FACTEL) prototype balloon payload.


Andrea Weedn



Current Undergraduate Students


Andrea Bedell


Andie grew up in Shaker Heights, OH where she attended Laurel School. Andie entered the University of New Hampshire as a physics undergraduate in 2007. In Spring of 2009 she began research in Prof. Harper's material science lab doing thin film analysis. In Spring 2010, Andie joined the High Energy Astrophysics group where her main responsibilities have been focusing on the hardware, calibration, and testing of the Real Time Portable Neutron Spectroscope (NSPECT) supervised by Prof. Jim Ryan. Andie plans to graduate in May 2012 with her B.S. in physics.

Shirley Dame

Shirley grew up in Kensington, NH and graduated from Exeter High School in 1999. After working for several years she decided to go back to school to pursue a bachelor's degree. She attended NHCTC for three years before transferring to UNH as a physics major in 2007. She began doing research in Radiation Detector Development her freshman year supervised by Dr. Mark McConnell. Shirley has had a hand on a number of projects including GRAPE, COMPTEL, and SONTRAC. She is currently writing her thesis on atmospheric albedo neutrons. She will graduate with her B.S. in physics with a concentration in astronomy in December 2011. She will continue her education to pursue a Masters in Education and hopes to teach high school physics.


Luke Jablonski

Luke Jablonski graduated from Keasarge Regional High School. He currently studies physics and computer science at the University of New Hampshire. He joined the Space Science Department at Morse as a freshmen and has been working with them since. He first worked under Chris Bancroft then switched to Peter Bloser doing optical simulations for the SiPM project.


hannah mctigue

Hannah McTigue

Hannah graduated from Pembroke Academy in 2009. In the Fall of 2009, she began school at the University of New Hampshire. She is working towards a BS in mathematics and a minor in economics but also has a passion for physics and space science. She began research in this field in 2011. She contributed to GRAPE and is currently running computer simulations for NSPECT.


Dan Robison

Dan grew up in Los Alamos, NM and graduated from LAHS (Los Alamos High School) in 2007. He is a Physics major, and he spent his first 2 years of school at New Mexico State University where he worked for the Chemistry Department and then later for the Astronomy department under the Planetary Data System Atmosphere's Node. The focus of his research was on the Cassini mission, specifically the Huygens craft data. He was looking for the primary cause of an unpredicted temperature profile from the upper atmosphere down to the surface; his hypothesis revolved around the idea that atmospheric "gravity waves" were the cause (i.e. the displacement of atmosphere via atmospheric turbulence caused by changes in temperature, geography, chemical changes in the atmosphere, etc.) He then transferred to UNH where he has attended school for just over a year now. His current research is on the re-validation of the GLEPS package for GEANT3 using GEANT4, which is now nearing completion.

Jonathan Wurtz





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