Gerald Poirier

University of Delaware
Manager Advanced Material Characterization Lab

Lives in Delaware, married with three children.

Attended the University of Delaware studied Electrical Engineering and Physics.

Served 6 year in the Nuclear Submarine Navy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute / Naval Underwater Systems Center and studied acoustics onboard nuclear submarines.

Worked as a Senior Research Technician at the Department of Physics and Astronomy University of Delaware 1988 till 2008. Designed and built unique high energy cosmic ray detection experiment at the South Pole and North Pole. Have traveled to the North Pole eight times and the South Pole three times. Veteran of numerous high altitude balloon campaigns in Northern Canada. Was awarded the congressional Antarctic Service Medal.

Manager of the Imaging and Analysis center at Princeton University, Center for Complex Material and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Material from 2007 to 2014 before returning to the University of Delaware in 2014.

Is currently the Manager of the Advanced Material Characterization Lab at the University of Delaware's Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering lab.

Has published more than 20 papers and his research and microscopy work has been on the cover of Nature twice.

Also the President and Director of Delaware Science Olympiad and a member of the board of Directors of the National Science Olympiad organization, and the board of Delaware Teachers of Science. Serves on the State of Delaware Governors board, "Authority on Radiation Safety."


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