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David Guerra, Ph.D.

Prof. David GuerraI am currently a professor of physics at Saint Anselm College. Previously, I was on the faculty of Western Maryland College (assistant professor), Montgomery College (instructor), and The Bullis School (physics/economics teacher and football/lacrosse coach). I received my B.A. in physics from Middlebury College and my M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from American University in Washington, D.C.

As a graduate student and National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral researcher, I developed laser systems for atmospheric sensing , in the photonics group at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). For the past two decades, I have worked with a group from NASA-GSFC's Laboratory for Atmospheres on the development of a novel lidar (laser radar) system that employs a hologram of a point source as its receiver and scan mirror. Currently, I am working on data analysis algorithms for this lidar system. 

In addition, I do many research projects with my students on Atmospheric Sensing, Laser Physics, Optics, and Fluid Dynamics, some of which have resulted in published work.  Please see my publication list for A Bernoulli’s Law Lab in a Bottle, An Introduction to Laser Modeling Studies with a Nitrogen-pumped Dye Laser, A SAASE Outreach Project – Field Tests of Han-Held Haze Detectors, and Service Learning in Physics: The Consultant Model.

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David V. Guerra, Ph.D.
Department of Physics
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
(603) 641-7142