Jason Engbrecht, in his thirteenth 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.
Karin Gilije is excited for her fourth year of camp. Currently, she works at Illinois Institute of Technology on the PROSPECT experiement, where she studies neutrino production of nuclear reactors. She is a St. Olaf alum and earned her PhD from Stony Brook University. She is excited to serve as assistant director for the 2016 St. Olaf Summer Engineering and Physics Camp for Girls.