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Edward Flagg
Department of Physics and Astronomy


Group Leader

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Edward B. Flagg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office:  431 White Hall
Lab: B22 White Hall
Phone: 304-293-7411
Curriculum vitae

Graduate Students

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Fenton Clawson (

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Will Eshbaugh (

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Braden Warr (

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Undergraduate Students

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Aidan Sheppard

Leo Weimer
Russel Dillon

Former Graduate Students

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Raju KC, Ph.D., 2023.
Now a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Gary Lander, Ph.D., 2022.
Now a post-doctoral researcher at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, WV, and Pittsburgh, PA.

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Tristan Wilkinson, Ph.D., 2022.
Now an Image Science Engineer at L3 Harris in Rochester, NY

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Disheng Chen,  Ph.D., 2017.
Postdoc in the group of Prof. Weibo Gao at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Currently, Principal Investigator in the optical department at Multi-field Low Temperature Technology Co., in Beijing, China.

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Cabot Zabriskie , MS 2015, physics.
Ph.D. in physics education research from WVU in 2019.
Data Science Fellow at Insight Data Science.

Former Undergraduate Students
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Parker Hewitt, BS 2023, physics.

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Cole Maurer, BS 2021, physics and math (minor: computer science). Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Mexico.

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Dillion Cottrill, BS 2021, physics and economics. 
M.S., 2023, SUNY Stony Brook. 
Now a Ph.D. candidate in physics at SUNY Stony Brook.

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Emma Martin, BS 2020, electrical engineering. 
Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering at UC Berkeley.

Samantha Isaac
Samantha Isaac, BS 2018, physics/math (minors: philosophy, computer science); 
Ph.D. candidate in physics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Cainan Nichols
Cainan Nichols, BS 2018, physics.
Master's in physics from Eastern Michigan University, 2020.
Principal Systems Engineer at Northrup Grumman; testing propulsion systems for aircraft carriers and submarines at the manufacturing site in San Francisco and onboard the ships.

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Samet Demircan, BS 2016, computer science/physics/math; (minors: statistics, astronomy); 
Ph.D. candidate in physics at SUNY Stony Brook.

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Ph.D. in astrophysics from WVU, 2021.
WVU High Performance Computing IT staff.

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Sadie Chafin, BS 2022, physics (minors: computer science, women's and gender studies). 

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Jordan Stanley (physics)

Anthony Southmayd, BS 2023, mechanical / computer engineering
Bariana Wimmer , BS 2023; Ph.D. candidate at University of Florida.
James Wheeler, BS 2023
Sulaiman Al Ghadani, BS 2023; Ph.D. candidate at WVU.
Caleb Lansdell (physics)
Samuel Cyphert BS 2022, mechanical/aerospace engineering.
Joshua Cramlet , BS 2020, physics.
Eva Beeching, Summer REU student from Slippery Rock University.
Kimberly Matsinger, Summer REU student from Slippery Rock University.
Jaxon Lee, BS 2018, mathematics.
Kyle Krowpman , BS 2017, physics; Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University.
Jennifer Mangano , BS 2017, economics.