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Professor Mats Selen Mats Selen, PhD is a professor of high energy physics. He is the creator of the Physics Van outreach program and is known in Champaign-Urbana as the Whys Guy. His research focuses on the decay of the charmed quark. To find out more about his research & outreach, visit his website. Mats has been volunteering with Ask the Van since its creation in 1998.
Professor Mike Weissman Mike Weissman, PhD is a professor of condensed matter physics. His research focuses on noise in condensed matter systems. To find out more about his research, visit his website. Mike has been volunteering with Ask the Van since 2001.
Professor Lee Holloway Lee Holloway, PhD is a physics professor emeritus. He has been volunteering with Ask the Van since 2007.
Professor Thomas Junk Tom Junk, PhD is a high energy physicist. His research focuses on the search for the Higgs-boson. Tom volunteered with Ask the Van from 2002-2007.
Rebecca Wiltfong Rebecca Wiltfong is an Application Developer/Webmaster who works for the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She keeps the Physics Van website running and has been making all the cool technical innovations since 2010.
Adam Altman - no photo available Adam Altman, MS has a graduate degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University. He currently designs high powered analytic computer applications for companies. Adam answered questions for Ask the Van from 1998-2003.
Dan Kiefer - no photo available Dan Kiefer, MS (a.k.a. "Math Dan") is a graduate student in engineering sciences & applied mathematics at Northwestern University. Dan answered questions for Ask the Van from 1999-2003.
Ann Lehman - no photo available Ann Lehman, PhD is a graduate of the department of electrical & computer engineering. Her research focused on photonic crystals. Ann answered questions for Ask the Van from 1999-2003.
Tamara McArdle - no photo available Tamara McArdle, DVM is a veterinarian practicing in the Champaign-Urbana area. She has done research in genetic modeling and cancer prevention. Tamara is the author of the Ask the Van website and has answered questions for Ask the Van since 1999.