Robert Barchfeld, joined the millimeter-wave and microwave research group, in the department of applied science, at UC Davis in the fall of 2010.   He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from CSU, Sacramento, graduating summa cum laude in 2009.  His interests include studying plasma physics, fusion, and millimeter-wave optics.  Outside of academics, Robert maintains interests in ballroom dancing, sailing, and he currently serves in the Coast Guard Auxiliary