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Justin Reeder Justin Reeder
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Internship: SPS SOCK/ComPADRE: The Nucleus

Hello everyone!  

My name is Justin Reeder and I am from the great Midwestern state of Wisconsin where string cheese, dairy cows, beer brats (yes a real food), and Packer fans abound!  I am a junior at the University of Wisconsin—Platteville majoring in Engineering Physics.  Upon the completion of my degree, I am looking forward to getting into a career involved in the development of Physics and Engineering education programs.  In fact, it was through my local Society of Physics Students chapter that I managed to get so involved in such programs including our traveling physics road shows to local area schools.  I even had the opportunity this past year to design a workshop which introduced the physics of sail car design to high school students at Platteville’s Engineering Exposition.

Not only am I a student at U.W. Platteville, but I also work part time as a radio telephone operator/technician for the Wisconsin Army National Guard out of Eau Claire, WI.  My unit and I did some active duty time two years ago in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  I was stationed about 30 miles north of Baghdad near a small town called Ad-Dujahyl.  There I was a gunner for convoy escort missions whose purpose was to transport people, goods, and supplies between our various bases.  It was indeed an experience to see such a different country and culture.  If there is any interest I have pictures from my travels which might be kind of neat to see.

As for my interests I have so many.  I am an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves to do anything outside—hiking, camping, canoeing, bicycling or whatever, as long as it’s in the sun.  I also am a pretty big history buff, so I am all about historical places and monuments. I particularly like the American Civil War period.  In fact I have recently managed to combine these two interests of mine by discovering the hobby of Civil War reenacting.  I also enjoy traveling to new places and since this is my first trip to the Washington D.C. area I am all about checking out the sites and sounds of the city.  In particular I love museums and national monuments so the Smithsonian is definitely tops on my list.

Well that is just a little bit about me.  I just want to say that I am looking forward to meeting you all and spending the summer with you.  I am honored to have this opportunity to work with you to advance the knowledge of physics.  See you soon!

Justin Reeder


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