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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

Jessie Petricka

Jessie grew up in nearby Northfield Minnesota and attended Carleton College earning a B.A. in physics where his senior project was on Bose-Einsten Condensation. He then attended graduate school at Yale University, joining the group of Dr. Kasevich in a project to build a very-sensitive-yet-mobile gravity measurement device utilizing ultracold atoms. He then joined the group of Dr. DeMille, where his Ph.D. thesis was on the construction of a high-flux, cold molecular beam. After graduate school, Jessie…   (continue reading)

Jessie Petricka