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Dr. Thayer received a Ph.D. from MIT in 1983. Dr. Thayer has expertise in the theoretical studies of plasmas, fusion, fluids, turbulence, and nonlinear dynamics. During the past ten years at UW he has focused on high quality physics instruction. Prior to UW, Dr. Thayer had an extensive research career in university, national laboratory, and industry environments (including a wide variety of science business development at SAIC directly under the CEO). At UW, Dr. Thayer’s research has recently focused on the computational analysis of chemical plume tracing using CFD simulations associated with robotic swarms. Finally, as an aside, Dr. Thayer is passionate on his pursuit of a deeper understanding of nature through novel studies of quantum mechanical foundations.