Assistant Professor, Physics
PhD (Calgary), M.Sc. (Calgary), B.Sc. (Alberta), B.Ed. (Queen's)
5-138N, City Centre Campus10700 - 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-497-5788
Dr. Orla Aaquist has a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, a B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and a MSc and PhD in physics, with a specialization in astrophysics, from the University of Calgary. During his masters and doctoral research he carried out a survey of compact planetary nebulae at radio wavelengths using the Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico. Since receiving his doctorate, he has focused his efforts on teaching physics and astronomy at the undergraduate university level and participating in community science outreach efforts, working with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Scientist in the School programs and other science outreach organizations. Since 2009 his interests have focused on developing undergraduate research projects for MacEwan University students in the areas of physics and astronomy. He is collaborating with the Centre of Particle Physics at the University of Alberta in a venture to develop undergraduate research projects at big science research facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, SNOLAB in Sudbury, and the CARISMA array in Northern Canada. He is currently working with MacEwan students to develope a new technology scintillator to detect high energy cosmic rays; he is working with the Edmonton Science Outreach Network to develop teaching and learning kits for junior high school teachers; he is collaborating with the University of Calgary and Athabasca University observatories to develop undergraduate projects in observational astronomy; and he is developing observing projects using MacEwan's SBIG ST-8300 CCD camera and their Meade LX200-ACF telescope. He is also collaborating with Athabasca University on projects to develop inexpensive laboratory experiments for distant learning and single concept learning tools for first year university physics courses.
Available to supervise honours or individual study students.
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