Physicists are problem solvers. The analytical skills they learn make them versatile and adaptable. The undergraduate physics program at UVM will provide you with a deep foundation of knowledge and practical experience which will prepare you for any field.

Although many of our graduates continue their careers in physics or astronomy, a degree in physics also offers preparation for careers in such areas as industrial research and development, engineering, environmental sciences, medical physics, geophysics, oceanography, computer science and energy resource management. It’s also an ideal preparation for entering professional schools such as medicine, law, teaching, engineering, or business management. The department’s minor concentration in physics or astronomy are excellent complements to degrees in engineering, related sciences or other fields. In fact, because of the broad interdisciplinary focus of the College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate program, political science majors are equipped with a broad range of transferable skills that prepare them for success in any profession.

  • Justin Vagliano

    Startup Specialist

    Justin Vagliano joined Greenwoods Capital Partners, a private equity firm, in 2008 after spending ten years working on and with new business creations of all shapes and sizes. He has started four companies himself, sold three, and has consulted for start-ups and corporations in industries ranging from nanotechnology and aerospace service to supermarkets. Vagliano oversees the firm’s investments in Champion Broadband, Escapia, Specialists on Call, and 3D Machining. Today, he works as an independent investor and advisor for A2V, LLC where he advises private businesses on financing, start-up strategy, branding, cost accounting, exit strategy, partnerships, co-manufacturing agreements, and more. After graduating from UVM with a BA in physics he received an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management from Babson College, where he founded the Babson Biotech Network.

UVM physicists in technology focused companies

  • Applied Physics Lab (Johns Hopkins) -- TJ Howard
  • BioTek Instruments -- Jerry Gormley
  • Brion Technologies -- Rafael Howell
  • Bruker Nano -- Sean Hand
  • Coherent -- Paul Mark
  • Foley & Lardner --Thomas Bilodeau
  • GE Healthcare -- Konstantin Afanasyev, Alena Mernicky
  • Google -- Tony VoellmHighRes Biosolutions -- Ira Hoffman
  • IBM -- Yanting Zhang, Ian Goyette, Adam McPadden, Frances Clougherty, Chris Muzzy
  • Intel -- Ishviene Cour
  • JEOL USA -- Shaun Benjamin
  • Lockheed-Martin -- Andrew Winkler
  • LORD Microstrain Sensing Systems -- Jonathan Bessette
  • New Relic -- Kate Morrow
  • Phillips Healthcare -- Mark Ward
  • Pratt and Whitney -- Adam Doherty
  • Radiator Labs -- Meg Sutton
  • Vermont Information Processing -- Kasey Hulvey, Evan Laird

UVM physicists as entrepreneurs

  • Juniper Networks -- Xiang Zhu
  • MicroGen Systems, founder -- Robert Andosca
  • Quantum optics start-up, Washington -- Charles Foell
  • Solar cell start-up, China -- Wenjun Zhao
  • Veeco Instruments -- Paul Low

UVM physicists in business & finance

  • Greenwoods Capital -- Justin Vagliano
  • Lazard Freres -- Binran Wang
  • Morgan Stanley Wealth Management -- Daniel Khalaf
  • EY -- James Morris
  • WW Norton -- Mateus Teixeira

UVM physicists in academia

Careers in Physics

UVM faculty and staff are active mentors, helping students in the department establish career paths after UVM. These additional resources provide a wealth of information on physics careers -- job listings on each refelct the wide range of opportunities in the field today.

Careers in Physics 

Physics Today