Category: "Physics"

HMC Physics Community Attends APS

March 22, 2018

APS sign

When designing his solid state physics course for the 2018 spring semester, Professor Nicholas Breznay ’02 had an ultimate goal in mind: Get as many students as he could to attend the American Physical Society March Meeting, held this year in Los Angeles. “The idea was to give students ownership of the language and active […]

Sahakian Authors Physics e-Book

March 15, 2018

Cover of Physics on the Edge

In his new book, Physics on the Edge, Vatche Sahakian, professor of physics at Harvey Mudd College, seeks to share topics of modern physics with a general audience using novel e-book technology. Beginning April 5, to celebrate the book’s release, Sahakian will deliver a series of lectures on campus called “Physics on the Edge of […]

Harvey Mudd Alumni Association Announces 2018 Awards

March 14, 2018

HMC seal

The Harvey Mudd College Alumni Association Board of Governors (AABOG) has announced its annual awards, which recognize impact on Harvey Mudd College as well as service to society. The awards will be presented Saturday, April 28, during the College’s annual Alumni Weekend festivities. Outstanding Alumni Given from alumni to alumni, the award recognizes individuals who […]

HMC Students Make Physics Discovery

January 17, 2018

Students in Gerbode physics lab

Science and serendipity are old pals, meeting throughout history when people intending to do one thing realize they’ve accidentally discovered another. This was the case for Harvey Mudd physics researchers, resulting in the discovery of “optical blasting,” which allows people to internally sculpt colloidal crystals and could lead to new ways of modifying material properties. […]

Shuve Named KITP Scholar

December 12, 2017

Brian Shuve

Compared to many scientific disciplines that require specific instrumentation or a laboratory in which to conduct experiments, physics professor Brian Shuve’s research is rather unadorned. As a theorist, he says, “I need my mind, paper and pencil and a computer, but I also need a way of staying connected to the community.” As a 2018 […]

Physics Research Reveals New State of Matter

December 11, 2017

Nicholas Breznay

The scaling theory of localization—the idea that metals cannot exist in two dimensions and that all electrons confined to a 2-D existence will eventually localize, becoming immobile and forming an insulating state—has been part of the standard model of solid state physics for the last 40 years. But recent studies by Harvey Mudd College physics […]

Leung ’17 Wins LeRoy Apker Award for Undergrad Physics Work

October 27, 2017

Calvin Leung '17

Calvin Leung ’17, a mathematics and physics double major, has become the fourth Harvey Mudd College student to win the LeRoy Apker Award from the American Physical Society for outstanding achievement in physics by an undergraduate. He joins Stephanie Moyerman ’06, Nathaniel Stern ’03 and Gwen (Bell) Porter ’98. The Apker Award is presented to […]

It’s all Relative. Or is it?

September 21, 2017

Vatche Sahakian

Recent developments in physics seem to point to a foundational rethinking of our understanding of physics principles and the notion of space-time. Harvey Mudd College physics professor Vatche Sahakian has begun research aimed at the ultimate resolution of these puzzles with “RUI: Emergent Spacetime in Matrix Theory,” a project recently funded by the National Science Foundation […]

Harvey Mudd Engineer Named Astronaut Scholar

September 6, 2017

Charles Dawson '19, Harvey Mudd engineer and Astronaut Scholar

The balance between real-world applicability and long-term research goals is not always easy to achieve. But, that doesn’t deter Charles Dawson ’19, winner of the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship for the 2017–2018 academic year. “In my career, I hope to find this balance by being mindful of the bigger picture of how to bring technological developments […]

Promotions and Tenure Approved for Harvey Mudd Faculty

July 7, 2017

Seal of Harvey Mudd College

Promotions and tenure appointments for Harvey Mudd College faculty were approved during the May meeting of the HMC Board of Trustees and became effective July 1, 2017. Based on recommendations from the Educational Planning Committee, the board of trustees unanimously approved Lelia Hawkins for tenure and promotion to associate professor of chemistry. Hawkins conducts research in […]