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Carlos Gutierrez - Professor

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Job Info

Texas State University - San Marcos - TxState

Position Type:

Job skills:
Complex problem solving
Synthesizing information
Mathematical skills
Lab or instrumentation skills
Knowledge of physics principles
Modeling or simulation
Data analysis

Carlos Gutierrez's Job:
Some of Gutierrez's recent work has been on nanostructures and thin films,  searching for new materials that could be used for sensors or sensor applicants. To do this,  he shoots a target made of the material with an ion beam. Atoms fall from the target and create a thin film which then is analyzed.

Gutierrez also works with the commercial sector to develop materials for telecommunications and microelectronics.

Career Facts

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Current Location:
San Marcos, TX

Physics Degree:

Educational Information

B.S. in Physics from the University of Dallas
Ph.D. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University
NRC Postdoctoral Associate in Material Physics at the Naval research Lab

More about Carlos Gutierrez

Carlos Gutierrez's other interests:
Gutierrez is active in promoting Hispanic participation within physics. He is the faculty adviser for the Society of Mexican-American Engineers and Scientists and a member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

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Carlos Gutierrez


Carlos Gutierrez first became interested in science while listening to his grandmother folk tales. The folk tales often included elements of astronomy. This influence,  coupled with a biochemist aunt,  inspired him to become an astrophysicist.  As a child he was discouraged by the lack of Hispanic physicists. He wonders whether or not he was cut out for it,  or whether or not his race would play a part. "...I did wonder whether or not there was just something different in the way that people were put together that made certain nationalities better for physicists." says Gutierrez,  "Now I'm a lot wiser,  and I realize that a lot of it has to do with your background,  in terms of the educational opportunities that you have."

Gutierrez attended the University of Dallas,  where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Physics,  and then earned his Ph.D.,  specializing in material physics.