About the Human: Chad Orzel
Chad was born and raised in central New York state, near Binghamton, and attended Williams College. He got a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and did research as a graduate student at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD. His Ph.D. thesis advisor, Bill Phillips, shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics (though not because of anything Chad did). After graduating, he spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at Yale University, studying quantum mechanical effects in Bose-Einstein Condensates, which he will happily explain at great length if you ask him.
In addition to teaching and doing research at Union, he maintains a physics-oriented weblog, Uncertain Principles as part of the ScienceBlogs project run by SEED magazine. He's also on Facebook and Twitter. He lives in Niskayuna, NY with his wife, Kate Nepveu, their two children, and Emmy, the Queen of Niskayuna.