J. A. Panitz is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of New Mexico. He joined UNM in 1988 and during his tenure he was Professor of Physics, Professor of High Technology Materials and Professor of Cell Biology in the School of Medicine. At UNM he developed Visual E&M the first undergraduate laboratory courseware that encouraged critical thinking and role playing in the structured environment of cooperative learning groups.

From 1970 to 1988 Professor Panitz was a member of the technical staff at the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque. At Sandia he invented the LiFE Detector a novel immunochemical sensor and the 10cm Atom Probe, the first 3D atom probe (patented as the Field Desorption Spectrometer or Imaging Atom Probe) which became the progenitor of Atom Probe Tomography and the commercial atom probes in use today.  Contact Professor Panitz