Patrick Thrasher

Optical Sciences and Engineering

University of Arizona – 2014

Patrick just graduated with a Bachelors from UA, with minors in Math and Music, and will return to pursue his Masters degree in the fall.  He has been playing the Trumpet for the last 12 years, playing in many bands and orchestras in the Tucson area.  A strong electrical emphasis in his optical degree exposed Pat to circuit design and coding, which led to his internship at TI this summer as well as last.  He also worked in photonic communications while he conducted research with the Center for Intergrated Access Networks (CIAN) during his Sophomore and Junior years.  Pat’s Senior year was spent working at Photon Engineering, a small Tucson company, where he did extensive work in FRED, an optical CAD program.  The work that Pat has done at TI has sparked an interest in opto-electrical system design and interfacing, which will be the topic of his Master’s report.