Staff

High Altitude Ballooning

Charles Niederriter

Chuck grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, a fairly diverse blue collar town on the shores of Lake Erie.His childhood was full of outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, biking, skiing, and snowmobiling.After attending St. Marks Seminary High School, he went on to GannonCollege (now GannonUniversity) to study physics.Gannon was similar to Gustavus in many ways, but different in that it had an engineering program.So, the physics program at Gannon was small.Chuck had one…   (continue reading)

Charles Niederriter

Steve Mellema ’72

Born and raised in the Twin Cities, I graduated from Edina High School in 1968. Before beginning my senior year there, I didn't even know what the "physics" class was, but my friends all told me to take it because, they said, "You like math, and physics uses a lot of math." My high school physics teacher that year, Mr. William Jepson, was a huge influence in my life. I still remember how empowering it felt when I first learned that one could use mathematics and physical reasoning to make accurate…   (continue reading)

Steve Mellema ’72