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Jason Engbrecht, in his tenth year teaching at St. Olaf, earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan, where he focused his studies on atomic and antimatter physics. He is currently researching atomic collisions involving antimatter and autonomous robotic navigation. Engbrecht’s lifelong interest in education and the construction of scientific apparatus led to his advising of the St. Olaf Rube Goldberg team which won the 2009 and 2012 National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.

Dana Morrow graduated from St. Olaf College with a physics degree in 2006, and has been teaching physics at Minnetonka High School since that time. She earned a Masters of Education degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary’s University, Winona, in 2010. A dedicated teacher, she notes that her students thrive when she gives them a project to create or a problem to solve. Currently, her students are using their knowledge about sound waves to build pan pipe instruments that play specific notes to a recognizable song. Because she knows that students find strong, successful solutions to problems when they are given the space and time to brainstorm, plan, build, check, and then revise their work, she is excited to serve as assistant director for the 2013 St. Olaf Summer Engineering and Physics Camp for Girls.