Faculty Spotlight: Tom Carter

Tom Carter

Tom Carter
Program: Physics

Tom Carter isn't sure why he likes physics so much.

"I think I like the way it sits on the edge between philosophy and science, presenting a clear, logical way to view the world," he said. "Once you really grasp physics, you see the world in an entirely new way. Everything seems like a physics problem."

At first, his career took him in directions other than teaching: a diver for the U.S. Navy, a research physicist at Fermilab and an engineer in the telecommunications industry. However, Carter always wanted to get into the classroom and finally did so at College of DuPage.

"I always felt that one of the reasons that more people weren't interested in science and math was because there weren't enough motivated science teachers," Carter explained. "It didn't turn out to be as easy I as thought it would be, but I'm still trying."

He hopes his students gain an interest in physics and a logical way to view the world -- and some inspiration.

"I'm always inspired by great teachers and people who are totally committed to doing good things for the world," he said.

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