Colloquium: A Physicist Gets Down to Business: From Quarks to Improving Healthcare

Robert Brown, Case Western Reserve University

Abstract: I was doing pretty well in my particle physics research when something happened to change everything: Former students came back to ask me to work with them in industry. They wanted me to help solve problems using physics skills they knew I had from the classes they took with me. I will detail examples of how we solved problems largely involving the magnetic field physics of MRI, and in performance optimization with rather old-fashioned analytical modeling of hardware coil products. One example is going from the functional analysis of quantum field theory to the manufacturing of optimized gradient magnetic field coils. It will be fun to intersperse stories such as how this industrial problem solving and successful start-up businesses fed back into my teaching, textbook writing, getting jobs for more students in more ways than I can count, and understanding the need for “soft skills.”



Start date
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, 3:35 p.m.
End date
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, 4:35 p.m.

Tate B50/remote option via zoom