Michael Hornish, Ph.D. 2002, M.A. 2000

Science Advisor (Nuclear Emergency Support Team /NEST), DOE/NNSA Office of Nuclear Incident Response (NA-84) – Washington, DC

Ph.D., Physics 2002; M.A., Physics 2000

How has being a Physics graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"It equipped me with the knowledge, skills and abilities to be a professional, well-organized critical thinker who can adapt to different roles and contribute meaningfully to society. I did not know where I would end up or what I would do for my long-term career while in graduate school, but Duke physics department was critical in building an important foundation for me."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Physics programs? 

"Trust the process, seek out opportunities, stay hungry, and work hard. Stay humble and recognize your limits, but do not let them define you or prevent you from challenging yourself. Good things will happen to those who are patient and persevere."