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Physics Graduate Joins Defense Contractor as a Scene Developer/Analyst

Published: 11/26/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

“Earning a doctorate degree in physics gave me the competitive edge to secure a job before I even graduated,” explained Spencer LeBlanc.

The upcoming graduate will be relocating to Huntsville, Alabama, to begin his career as a Scene Developer/Analyst at AEgis Technologies, which has more than $100 million in revenue and for 25 years has been specializing in modeling and simulation technology.

Spencer will be using his physical knowledge to create highly physically accurate scene renderings for defense applications.

“I will get to directly apply my programming and data processing skills that I developed at Auburn University in the physics program,” he added.

He had to move his doctoral degree defense up seven weeks so that he could take this position.

“My advisor, Dr. Ed Thomas, Jr., was incredibly supportive to help me accelerate my defense so I could take this incredible opportunity in a rapidly growing industry,” Spencer said.

His dissertation, Investigation of Probe Induced Dust Voids in a Weakly Magnetized Plasma, prepared him for this field of work.

“I built vacuums and electrical systems, I tested optics, and I designed experiments that helped me build highly sought after, employable skills applicable to an array of rewarding and stable career paths,” he shared.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was recruited by Dr. Thomas at Auburn to attend the graduate program.

“Ed Thomas encourages all of his student to become well-rounded so they are ready to excel in today’s workforce,” Spencer said.

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