From yo-yos to physics, Rowan student masters it allNovember 07, 2006
Edward Greve is busy reading "The Hobbit," which probably isn't too unusual for an 18 year old. That the Glassboro resident is reading it in Dutch might be a tad out of the ordinary.
But, then, Greve is used to being unique. For instance, while many of his contemporaries are taking SATs, looking forward to the prom and high school graduation and sizing up colleges, Greve is planning what to do after he graduates from Rowan University in six months.
The senior physics and math double major, who lives at home, is completing a free ride at Rowan, having received one of the first Glassboro High School scholarships Rowan issued and a Presidential Scholarship.
A 2005 GHS graduate, the son of Claudia and Carlton Greve (and brother of soon-to-be Rowan graduate Andrew, 21) actually left high school in the spring of 2004 at age 16 to start college, looking for intense math and science courses.
When it came time to matriculate in 2005, he only explored Rowan for his undergraduate degree. "It was too convenient, and with the amount of time I had left it wouldn't have been worth looking somewhere else," he said. "Plus the physics program here is phenomenal . . ."
His higher educational experience has lived up to his expectations. "Science and math classes," Greve said, "have been great."
Along with his classroom work, Greve has been an active researcher at Rowan and elsewhere.
He worked with Dr. David Klassen, an astronomy and physics associate professor, on Martian spectral imaging, looking for what comprises the Martian atmosphere and how the atmosphere changes from season to season.
Currently he is working with Dr. Samuel Lofland, an astronomy and physics professor, on electron spin resonance, researching materials that become extremely magnetic at very low temperatures (around -300? Fahrenheit).
He's also working with mathematics Professor Dr. Tom Osler to translate works by 18th century Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler from French into English.
And, Greve participated in a competitive Research Experiences for Undergraduates project with the California Institute of Technology. For the REU, he traveled to Pisa, Italy, this summer to work at the University of Pisa for the European Gravitational Observatory generating data for an astronomy project. There, he assisted physics Professor Dr. Giancarlo Cella with work on an interferometer, a laser used to spot small changes at great distances that Greve said hopefully will be associated with the detection of gravity waves generated by distant galaxies and black holes.
Outside of the classroom, Greve is a member of Rowan's Philosophy Club and the Society of Physics Students, for which he is the associate zone counselor representing the Delaware Valley to the national organization.
Outside of Rowan, Greve is a gamer who plays some chess and the piano, speaks French and Italian and is learning Dutch, juggles and can do some mean tricks with a yo-yo, which he said helps him relax.
He'll be 19 when he graduates from Rowan, and after that he wants to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematical physics?which is basically cutting-edge theoretical physics, he said. He's hoping to study abroad, possibly in England or Holland, so he can try something new and pick up more classes in the field. "They have some world-class programs in Holland, too," Greve said.
His early professional goal is to make money so he later can pursue his main interest. "My current plan is to work in industry for a couple of years because they need a lot of mathematicians and scientists in general," he said. "I want to build a nice nest egg and after that get back into research and academia."