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Good luck to Dr. Mostafa Ahmadzadeh!

Last week was our last week with Mostafa.  5 years ago he came to the NOME group at WSU.

We both looked a bit younger then, but here we are now.

Mostafa also wanted to share his first glass he made here.

He’ll be starting at Exponent in the Boston area very soon.

Good luck Mostafa!

Happy Holidays!

It’s important to celebrate, and we had a smashing good time at the annual NOME Christmas Party.  We had two ‘alums’ join us: Jose and Saehwa.  It was great!  Cheers everyone (and enjoy the snow from this morning!)

Congratulations to (now) Dr. Muad Saleh!

Last Friday Muad Saleh defended his dissertation, “Characterization and Optimization of Dopants, Impurities, and Defects in Bulk Optical and Semiconductor Materials ZnS, beta-Ga2O3, and Nd:YAG.”

Congratulations Muad!


Cougs take over Prague

Four Cougs descended on Prague at a recent conference. Dr. Jose Marcial, Emily Nienhuis, Dr. Travis Olds, and Dr. John McCloy.  Pražský hrad (Prague castle) is in the background.

Our local Rock Star

See this nice article about our very own Dr. Travis Olds.

Rock star

Then check out him presenting last week in the Brevnov monastery in Prague, where several of us recently attended the 9th European Conference on Mineralogy and Spectroscopy. And ‘yes’ that is a fresco and giant painting behind him!

If that weren’t enough, later we went to look at all the minerals he collected in the Jáchymov mine with in the Czech Republic with friend and colleague Jakub Plášil.  They found some things that ‘might be interesting.’  Perhaps another new mineral?