Dr. Andrew Ferstl
University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS, Physics and Mathematics 1993
University of Minnesota, PhD, Physics, 2000
My early research involved understanding of nature the very basic building blocks of nature: elementary particle physics. In particular, it included the application of particle physics to answer cosmologically motivated questions such as determining what is dark matter. You may visit arxiv.org for a daily listing of new research papers in physics. You may also search this website for the papers that I have published. My recent research focuses on student interests and include theoretical, experimental, and computational physics as well as engineering design projects.
I grew up on a dairy farm, attended school at UW-Madison where I double majored in mathematics and physics, and then graduated with my doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota. I have been teaching at Winona State University since 2000 and I thoroughly enjoy working with students to challenge them to reach their full potential. I have been involved in many aspects of the university including advising student clubs (physics and mountain biking), leadership roles (chairing numerous university committees), and helping with teacher education. Outreach is another important role for me as I help plan Science Fun Nights at local schools and participate in science fairs.
In addition, I enjoy the great outdoors, am an avid volleyball player, and bike almost daily. Ask me about my cross country bike trip through the Cascade Mountains and Glacier National Park.