CLASS OF 1979
Central Catholic High SchoolClass of 1979
San antonio, TX
Texas State University - PhysicsClass of 2005
San marcos, TX
Johns Hopkins University - Arts & ScienceClass of 1991
University of DallasClass of 1983
Providence High SchoolClass of 1979
San antonio, TX
Have had a great experience so far, still plan to do plenty more... (1) Growing Up in San Antonio, TX: Lived in the "boonies" in Lackland Terrace back when Loop 410 was the extreme edge of San Antonio and Loop 1604 was a narrow "Death Loop" (OK, it's now a wider Death Loop ;) ). I remember Captain Gus (I was on his show twice!!!), and was the Michael Jordan of the KLRN PBS "Who Knows the Answer" Quiz Show (>50 points per game average). Went to Westwood Terrace Elementary and Sam Rayburn Jr High School (before it became a middle school - boy that makes you feel a little old!) (2) 1975-1979: Attended Central Catholic HS in San Antonio. Was a four year JROTC person, and served in the Honor Guard. Was named valedictorian and served as a JROTC Battalion Commander. Also, I was VERY shy of the girls at Providence, except for Terri Curiel (who was a sweetie, and my first real love). Boy it was a long city bus ride home from school, but walking in the downtown area to catch the bus was interesting. I loved walking from Central to Downtown after Honor Guard Practice (sometimes walking on little used parts of the Riverwalk along St Mary's before it became fancy), visiting "Poor Broke Brock's" used bookstore on Commerce, and seeing Bongo Joe practice his ware on the Riverwalk before he got famous. I recall the former ice house by Central (Franz's?), the after hours SRT/Color Guard/Chaminade Guard/Lloyd Rifles/Honor Guard round robin of pick-up football games in the Madison Square Park on Dallas Street by the Baptist Hospital. It was a great racket to be able to usher Spurs games in Hemisfair Arena dressed in JROTC uniforms, and see the game for free. In hindsight, it was ironic that I later attended college in Dallas, and graduate school in Baltimore (which had a Camden Yards Baseball field), since those were prominent streets I saw everyday around Central! (3) 1979-1983: Attended University of Dallas, majored in Physics, graduated in 1983 despite some intolerance from Spanish Professor Hazel Cazorla. Father Benedict was great. I liked hanging out with Tony Cornell, Andy Mena, John Boo, Bill Pease, Rob Malloy, and Wes Walter. Also liked hanging out with Cindy Werner (remember Ground Hog day?), Violet Cipolla, Kathleen Harkin and Terri Curiel (summers). I lived in the skid row dorm (Gregory hall), and witnessed election history - Bill Pease's "I don't care" campaign for SG President (which prompted Don Bella to bring in a roadkill armadillo for a campaign prop). I also had a chance to spend a semester in Rome Italy, and travel through Europe by train and thumb, a memory I'll always treasure. It was fun entering Texas Stadium for free at half-time to see a lot of Dallas Cowboys games, and going to a lot of artsy movies and rock concerts. Driving in Dallas got me ready for driving in the DC/Baltimore area a few years later! (4) 1983-1984: After UD, worked for a year as Physical Scientist doing engine failure analysis at Kelly AFB in San Antonio. I had also worked there three previous summers while I was going to UD. Met a lot of nice people at Kelly (I wonder where they are now), but the mundane job duties were more than enough motivation to restoke my drive to go to grad school. A lot of folks thought I was crazy to leave a "secure" civil service job at Kelly AFB, but that was before the BRAC closed it! On a more personal note, I had the privilege to meet a great friend, Tammie Sheets, who helped me grow up a bit and become a better person. It was tough to let go of my friendship with her when I moved away to Baltimore. I wish I would have been wise enough to end it better. (5) 1984-1990: Attended graduate school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (aka, Bawlmer) MD, which was a world away from life in San Antonio. After the i...Expand for more
nitial culture shock, became very fond of this part of the country. Started out studying Astrophysics, even worked at the Hubble Space Telescope Institute for a year while future Nobel Laureate Riccardo Giacconi directed it. Eventually changed fields to solid state physics studying thin film magnetism because I thought this was more interesting. My decision drew some puzzled looks from colleagues working on the Hubble, but less so after many dissertations were delayed and redirected following the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy just before the Hubble was supposed to launch. Officially got my PhD in Physics & Astronomy 1991, after I finished my dissertation in Summer 1990. It was fun to hang out with UD'ers John Boo and Kathleen Harkin, and see Wes Walter. I remember studying for prelims with Stuart Mayer and Eileen Claar. Later, I met my future Maryland-native wife Susan Davison in 1986 (she was attending nearby Loyola College working on her MBA), and we later married at the Loyola College chapel. I still crave steamed shrimp, MD Crab Soup, MD white corn, and Old Bay seasoned blue crabs! Got to see Orioles ball games in both Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards, and saw both Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken play! It was also fun to visit Philadelphia & NY City... (6) 1990-1992: Won a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship at the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC research magnetoelectronics. Decide to go to NRL, rather than accept an offer to attend law school at Georgetown U (for intellectual property law). At NRL, did some early work on giant magnetoresistance (spintronics). Went to lots of research meetings, made many research presentations, and even won a research presentation award after being nominated by future Physics Nobel Laureate Albert Fert. We lived in Columbia MD, making it easy to go to either baltimore or DC for fun. (7) 1992-2005: Accepted a tenure track Physics faculty position at Southwest Texas State U (now Texas State U) in San Marcos (in between San Antonio & Austin). Built up a great materials physics research lab, was active in grant-funded research, and started a new materials physics education initiative. Also was named a National Science Foundation Early Career Fellow, won the University faculty Research award, and was named "Most Promising Scientist" by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation. Got tenure and became a full professor by 2000. Had the privilege to mentor 13 great graduate students in MS thesis projects in my labs, and numerous undergraduate researchers who later went on to have great lives and careers. Also had the chance to live in the Onion Creek community (birthplace of the Seniors PGA tour) in far South Austin. Susan & I also had two great kids, Mateo (1997) and Benicio (2003). (8) 2005-now: Left Texas State U to become research manager at Sandia National Labs in Albnuquerque NM. I'm managing a lot of high impact nanoscience and advanced materials research, all to the benefit of the nation. My folks are engaged in nanoelectronics and alternate energy research. We're trying our best to make a difference to the Nation's problems. Get a lot of business travel to/from DC and CA. The family & I love the move to Albuquerque. Love the mountains, the four seasons (including skiing), the museums and culture (including those in nearby Santa Fe), the low humidity and generally cooler weather (compared to Texas), and greater proximity to Denver, the Grand Canyon & CA (including Disneyland). Was recently awarded the Professional Achievement award from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation. I am presently organizing a nanotech symposium for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
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