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After 57 years, Sachtleben introduces students to the night sky one last time

From his first day at Hastings College in 1960 as a “24-year-old kid with a crew cut,” to this past January Term as a seasoned educator, Dr. Clyde Sachtleben has spent most of his life as a Hastings College professor of physics. Even after his retirement from teaching in 2001, he returned to the College year after year to instruct a J-Term course that fueled his passion in a place that bears his name: “Intro to the Night Sky, ” an astronomy course that included class visits to the Sachtleben Observatory just south of town. But this January was different. It marked the official conclusion to ...Read more

Memory Maker

Scott DeBoer ’89 has had incredible success since graduating from HC in physics and math. He continued his education at Iowa State University and graduated in 1992 with a masters in physics and then again in 1995 with his doctorate in electrical engineering. ...Read more

Hastings College student builds robotic hand

Jordan Borrell wants to give others a helping hand — literally. The Hastings College Physics major who graduated in 2013, took a step toward a career in designing and building prosthetics when he chose to build a robotic hand for his senior project. Using research from engineers at Hiroshima University in Japan and his own research and experiments, Jordan constructed a robotic working hand. Based on his hand, the final product successfully gripped and released items. Jordan completed the project in three and half months and demonstrated his project at the Hastings College Academic Showcase, a ...Read more