Marietta students present research at American Physical Society meeting

Headshots of David Erzen and Xuan Zhu

Marietta College’s David Erzen ’19 (Bethel Park, Pennsylvania) and Xuan Zhu ’19 (Shandong Province, China) recently shared their research at the spring meeting of the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society.

The meeting was held at the College of Wooster.

Erzen, who will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics, shared his research titled “Enhancing a solar energy technology lab.” His adviser was Dr. Dennis Kuhl.

Zhu, who will graduate with a BS degree in Physics, presented “Evaluating the effectiveness of a cleaning procedure of Au(111) surfaces using a residual gas analyzer.” His adviser was Dr. Craig Howald.

The theme of the meeting was “Frontiers in Nonlinear Science,” and nine Marietta students and four faculty members participated in seven plenary presentations while contributing to multiple other presentations.

The other students who attended the meeting were Alex Blackston ’22 (Lancaster, Ohio), Matthew Chih ’20 (Worthington, Ohio), Tom Farish ’20 (Brunswick, Ohio), Ryan McGuinness ’21 (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), Kyle O’Donnell ’22 (Vienna, West Virginia), Benjamin Pratt ’20 (Tallmadge, Ohio) and Yisi Wang (Haidian District, Beijing). The other faculty members were Drs. Ann Bragg and Cavendish McKay.