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Mr. Ty Kretser

Lecturer of Physics


  • M.S. in Teaching, Adolescent 7–12 Physics, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2010
  • M.Eng., Space Systems and Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 1997
  • B.S., Physics and Biology, St. Lawrence University, 1995

Teaching Areas

  • Introductory physics
  • Physics for the life sciences

Professional Appointments

  • Physics Lecturer, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2012–present
  • Physics Teacher, Beekmantown High School, 2009–2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Mathematics, Clinton Community College, 2002–2009
  • Senior Learning Skills Coordinator, Clinton Community College, 2007–2008
  • Orbital Analyst and Mission Planner, Boeing Satellite Systems, 1997–2002
  • Lead Spacecraft Controller, Thuraya, UAE, 2000–2001
  • Mathematics Instructor, Marymount College, Palos Verdes, CA, 1998–1999
  • Lead Mission Designer NASA GOES, Hughes Space and Communications, 1997–1998
  • Systems Analyst NASA TIDI, Space Physics Research Laboratory, 1996–1997


Mr. Kretser spent six years working as an Aerospace Engineer, Orbital Analyst, and Spacecraft Controller for several commercial spacecraft firms designing rocket launch trajectories and satellite transfer orbit missions. He was a member of flight teams responsible for launching and piloting spacecraft to orbit including DirectTV1R, Sirius Satellite Radio, XM Radio, NASA Goes-N, Astra 1-G, and Bonum. Mr. Kretser was also a flight team member for the first geosynchronous commercial satellite launch from a sea based launch vehicle, called Sea Launch.

After leaving the commercial sector, Mr. Kretser joined the faculty at Clinton Community College as an Adjunct Professor, where he taught introductory mathematics courses. He was appointed to an administrative position as the Senior Learning Skills Coordinator of the Tutoring Center where he was instrumental in redesigning the center and creating the Math Lab.

In 2009 Mr. Kretser transitioned to public education through the Master of Science for Teachers program at Plattsburgh State University. He was employed by the Beekmantown Central School District with the task of reinventing the physics program. During his three years with the district, Mr. Kretser redesigned the program to include digital data collection, computer analysis, and comprehensive laboratory activities.


Mr. Kretser is interested in space science and exploration, particle physics, audio electronics, music, and building computers. When time permits, he enjoys playing drums and harmonica. Mr. Kretser enjoys kayaking, hiking, sailing, motorcycling, and camping with his wife and two young children.

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