Eric Dutra

LMC Transfer Path 2007-2009
Bachelor of Arts in Physics, UC Berkeley ‘11

After being a professional musician for a few years, I came to LMC to pursue my other passion: science!    I can't really name when my interest in physics started, but probably in high school. I have always been fascinated with the how and the why.

I had a great experience at LMC with the physics faculty, and feel I had probably the best physics professors in the area during my time there). While at LMC, I focused on completing my transfer requirements and transferred to UC Berkeley where I majored in physics and earned my Bachelor of Science in Physics.

At UC Berkeley, I worked at the cyclotron working on designing and building an ion beam trap. Since then my focus has been laboratory plasmas and spectroscopy. Right now I work as a scientist for National Securities Technologies, LLC, a company that manages and operates the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) in support of national defense as well as research and development programs for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and are contractors to the Department of Energy (DOE). My career path is focused on plasmas produced by “pinches”. Ultimately the spectroscopic study of these plasmas and how it can be used to further our knowledge of different kinds of reactions like fusion.