Professor Borgardt came to Juniata in 1998 from the University of Arizona, where he was a lecturer in physics. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Arizona, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics, and Mathematics, from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
He has served as a post-doctoral associate at the University of Arizona and a Medical College Admissions Test Physics Instructor. He also co-founded 'Science Mentors,' a community outreach program at the University of Arizona, which promotes science education by placing college science majors in local kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms to present interactive demonstrations.
Dr. Borgardt received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Arizona, an AAPT Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, and has been recognized by Lockheed Corporation for outstanding contributions to a project.
Dr. Borgardt has a number of publications dealing with ion beam analysis, nuclear reactions and nuclear microprobes. He has also presented at conferences such as the 13th International Conference on Ion Beam Analysis and the 14th International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry. He is currently serving as an officer for the Central PA section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and is a member of the American Institute of Physics, the Council on Undergraduate Research, and the Philosophy of Science Association.
He lives in Huntingdon with his wife, Jennifer, and their two young boys, Aiden and Soren.