Dr. Cameron Pace built his first telescope in high school and then continued his astronomical studies to construct a robotic telescope while in college. Now at SUU, Dr. Pace is able to share his knowledge and expertise of astronomy with his students in the classroom and at the Ashcroft Observatory.
Assistant Professor of Physics
How long have you been working at SUU?
Where did you grow up?
Where did you attend college and what did you study?
-Bachelor’s in Physics/Astronomy at Brigham Young University
-Master’s in Physics/Astronomy at Brigham Young University
-Doctorate in Astronomy at Indiana University
Where did you work before coming to SUU?
I came to SUU right after grad school, however I had the opportunity to teach a number of astronomy classes during the summer while I was in Indiana.
When and how did you decide what you wanted your career to be?
Growing up in Bicknell, I had access to some very dark skies. I spent many hours outside looking up at the stars and learning their positions and movements. In high school, I ordered some telescope mirrors and built my own 8” telescope. This opened up many more wonders and solidified my desire to work in astronomy.
What do you feel is the most interesting thing about your field?
The most interesting thing is that while we have learned so much, there are still many unanswered questions. It seems that each new generation of telescope produces as many new questions as it answers.
Favorite thing to teach about your subject?
I love teaching about black holes. Students are very interested in them and I enjoy answering their questions about these fascinating objects.
Why do you love your field?
I love it because it’s accessible to anyone, no special equipment or ingredients required. Anyone can go outside and look up. I also teach physics, and I love teaching it because physics is everywhere. Almost any situation can be related back to physics.
What has been your proudest moment working at SUU?
I love it when I watch students teach one another the things they have learned in class and in lab. It’s so rewarding to see that students are learning things well enough to teach others.
What is one thing you wish to tell every student in your class?
Enjoy yourselves, but don’t waste too much time on things that ultimately do not matter.
What do you love about SUU?
I love the small class size. I really get to know my students and how to best meet their needs.