I graduated with a BS in Physics in 1984, and went on to get an MS and Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Colorado in 1986 and 1991, respectively.
After finishing graduate school, I went to work for Melles Griot, designing all types of diode laser assemblies, from low cost-high volume scanner modules to high precision, wavelength stabilized lasers for spectroscopy and DNA analysis. During that time I was volunteering as a firefighter for a local department. I worked my way up to the Assistant Fire Chief position as well as being the Engineering Manager at Melles Griot, and an opportunity came up to do the Assistant Chief's position professionally. I took the plunge and went into emergency services.
I am now the Administrative Chief and Fire Marshal of a department in Boulder, CO. I still use my physics training doing fire modeling, which is applied computational fluid dynamics, and designing fire apparatus. I teach fire science part time at a local community college, in particular fire behavior and Arson investigation.
"Miami was a great place to get a Physics undergraduate degree. The small class size and personal contact with the professors was what really drew me to the university."
- Jeff Webb, BS Physics 1984