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Martin Shaffer | Faculty Profiles

Martin Shaffer

Instructor: Physical Science, Engineering Physics

Office: Galle Johnson 303K
Phone: 620.441.5329

“I have always been a student of science because I wanted to know how things work. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for science with students.”

Martin Shaffer has been at Cowley College since August 2011 as an instructor.

Shaffer grew up on a farm in Southwestern Oklahoma and attended school at Sentinel High School.

He earned a BS in Science Education at University of Oklahoma and a MS in Physical Science at Emporia State University. His published master's thesis was titled "The Experimentally Determined Average Flux Rate of Cosmic Ray Muons Near Topeka, Kansas." He taught high school physics and chemistry at Seaman High School in Topeka, KS, for 15 years before coming to Cowley.

Shaffer has been able to do research at Fermi National Laboratory near Chicago for several years and continues to study cosmic ray detection using a detector currently running at the classroom. He has worked on projects at Fermilab, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Mu2e and Colossal. He is currently a fellow for Quarknet Cosmic Ray E-lab group and does testing and training for cosmic ray researchers.

His favorite quote is, "A mind is not a container to be filled, but a fire to be lit."