Dr. Yoshi Hirai is a faculty member in both the Central Lakes College Physics department and the Engineering department. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after receiving multiple B.S. degrees in Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics as well as Physics from UW-Madison as an international student. Dr. Hirai's interests include collaborating with local high school teachers on CIS Physics courses and working with local robotics coaches as a VEX Robotics regional coordinator. Central Lakes College students benefit from many hands on learning experiences in Dr. Hirai's courses such as the High-Altitude Ballooning project at CLC. He is an experimental condensed-matter physicist who teaches that science answers real questions and engineering solves real problems.