Stu Personick is an EE and experimenter in several of the physical and electrical disciplines, fellow IEEE member, and is also one of the ham types who are allowed to access free spectrum and transmit signals with high powered equipment capable of sending signals halfway across the world.
Here is a shot of his home made ribbon microphone. It has that physics department look. I have spoken with Stu and heard his wooden-framed mic on the air! Check out Stu's website here.