Tom joined AACC in January 1999 after a four-year stint in private industry. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years. Tom initially served aboard submarines as an enlisted Reactor Operator. After obtaining a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State University, he was commissioned and subsequently served as a Nuclear Weapons Officer in both the Pacific and Atlantic submarine fleets. He earned an M.S in Physics (Nuclear Weapons Effects) at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA. His final assignment while on active duty was teaching physics at the United States Naval Academy.
As the Physics Laboratory Manager at AACC, Tom is responsible for the preparation and support of all Physics, Astronomy, and PHS labs, including the production of laboratory manuals for all courses. In addition to organizing and maintaining all the lab spaces, he purchases all equipment and materials required to support the labs and classroom instruction. He also provides administrative support to the department chair, including budgets, schedules, staff supervision, surveys, reports, and textbooks. Tom also teaches various physics courses as an AACC adjunct professor.