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Brandon Hoffman

Associate Professor of Physics, Chair, Department of Physics

  • 585-567-9235 ext #2350
  • Paine 107
  • Physics
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Education

  • B.S. Engineering Physics, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID ( June 2000)
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Davis, CA, (April 2007)

Objective

To teach physics and provide hands-on laboratory experience to college students in a strong Christian environment.

Professional Profile

  • Experienced in teaching discussion labs to physics and non-physics majors, incorporating one-on-one and small group interaction (as well as some lecturing).
  • Skilled researcher with extensive training and expertise in condensed matter physics, specifically Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS), Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), and Low Energy Electron Microscopy (LEEM).
  • Mature Christian with years of leadership experience within the church.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, WordPerfect, Mathematica, Web browsers, and some C++ programming.

Professional Experience

Graduate Research Assistant
STM Lab, University of California - Davis, CA (Sept. 2001 to present)

  • Cut and polished single crystal samples with specified surface.
  • Sputtered and annealed samples in ultra high vacuum.
  • Conducted STM experiments under cryogenic temperatures.
  • Used XPS and LEED to determine surface composition and crystallography.
  • Learned how to operate LEEM.
  • Altered and repaired instrument and gas line.
  • Maintained daily lab records.
  • Managed lab and ordered lab supplies/equipment.

Church Music Director
First Church of the Nazarene - Sacramento, CA (March 2003-present
(on staff 2/04 to 10/04 – requested to be removed from payroll).

  • Prepare order of service for Sunday morning and Sunday evening services.
  • Hold weekly practices with 12 piece band and praise teams.
  • Direct band and congregation during services.
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations for services.
  • Help with and run sound when necessary.
  • Orchestrate monthly dessert services.
  • Purchase, set up and maintain equipment.
  • Serve on church board (2003 and 2005).

Graduate Student Reader
University of California - Davis, CA (Fall quarter 2001 and spring quarter 2002)

  • Prepared solutions and graded graduate level Classical Mechanics.
  • Graded graduate level Electrodynamics.
  • Held weekly office hours.

Teaching Assistant
University of California - Davis, CA (Sept. 2000-Sept. 2001 and August 2002-Sept. 2002)

  • Taught discussion labs for Physics for non-physics majors.
  • Prepared solutions for and graded tests and exams.
  • Held weekly office hours.

Teaching Assistant
University of California - Davis, CA (Winter quarter 2002)

  • Taught discussion labs for Classical Physics for physics majors.
  • Prepared solutions for and graded tests and exams.
  • Held weekly office hours.