Lights hanging inside the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center

James Feeks

Major: Physics
Topic: Set up a robotic mount and mount a telescope in the new St. Thomas Observatory; designed the telescope’s mechanical and electronic components of the mirror cover; a transportation device for a secondary telescope and a system to align the telescope to the North Star
Faculty Mentor:

Dr. Gerald Ruch

  • Worked with his astronomy professor to set up a robotic mount and mount a telescope in the new St. Thomas Observatory.
  • Designed the telescope’s mechanical and electronic components of the mirror cover; a transportation device for a secondary telescope and a system to align the telescope to the North Star.
  • “It was really exciting knowing that we were making history at St. Thomas. We finally have our own, functional Observatory which will be so beneficial to students, professors and the surrounding community. It was great to be able to participate in making that happen for the University.”
  • Says his favorite experience at St. Thomas was “making ice cream using liquid nitrogen. It was delicious!”

What's next for James?

James is considering graduate school for medical physics. He’s excited to see the tremendous possibilities come from the new observatory.