Department: Physics School: College of Arts and Sciences Campus: Bahrain
Member of NYIT Since: 2005
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Outdoor activities like hiking and snorkeling, traveling, reading, going to the cinema, dining, meeting with friends.
People Would Be Surprised to Learn
I worked at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and birthplace of the internet. I had a great time working there; and was treated with great respect by Nobel Prize winners — even though I was only a student at the time. I try to do the same in return to my own students
My experience in investment banking is also an eye-opener to most. I understand the private industry requirement and bring real life examples to business students when they are taking math courses. I try to show them how math will be important in their future careers.
Path to NYIT
I loved math, but one day I got bored and discovered that physics was just applied math — Heaven opened!
I also always wanted to live in the Middle East. I am an experimental physicist who believes in hands-on learning. Being a great communicator with a doctoral degree in physics, and experience in research, academia, and the private industry, I though I could bring a lot to the role.
Math, physics, foundations of science. I believe my students are the future leaders of tomorrow and want to make use of my ability to explain difficult things in an easy way —I can provide them with knowledge and more choices, and want them to enjoy science as much as I do.
Convincing students who hate physics and math that it is not that bad! I usually succeed, and most get to enjoy them. More importantly, doing well increases their self–confidence. About half of my students are young women — I try to lead by example and hope to encourage them into further education and highly-positioned roles during their careers.
Proudest NYIT Accomplishments
I thank NYIT for giving me the chance to make some of my lifetime dreams come true: allowing me to dedicate myself to teaching full-time, setting up the physics lab, building an NYIT collaboration with CERN, sending one of my own students to CERN, and getting to know the Middle East. I love the insight to their culture that my students in Bahrain share with me.
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Neil Petchers Class of 1995 Profession: President and chief executive officer for NORESCO