Category: "Physics"

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 […]

“How Good is Your Camera?” Harvey Mudd Physics Researchers Seek Answer

June 29, 2017

Young boy takes photo of parent at Harvey Mudd event

In a study published in the American Journal of Physics (May 16, 2017), Harvey Mudd researchers describe methods for measuring the spatial resolution of devices, such as digital cameras; it tries to answer the question, “How good is your camera?” The first author of this study is recent physics graduate Calvin Leung ’17, who worked with co-author […]

Harvey Mudd Writing Course a Model for Other Institutions

June 1, 2017

Classroom at Harvey Mudd College

While learning about the relationships between STEM disciplines through Common Core courses, Harvey Mudd students are also getting a healthy dose of writing instruction, including through the relatively new course, Introduction to Academic Writing (Writ 1). Highlighted in a recent Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Peer Review article, Writ 1 is showcased as […]

New Math and Physics Joint Major

May 31, 2017

Students collaborating at Harvey Mudd College

A joint major in Mathematics and Physics was approved by Harvey Mudd College faculty during fall 2016. It is the only such major at The Claremont Colleges, and Harvey Mudd is one of few American colleges that offers it. “The aim of this joint major program is to create a path for students whose interests […]

Harvey Mudd Leadership Awards

May 3, 2017

Shanahan Center, Harvey Mudd Coillege

Harvey Mudd recognized exemplary examples of leadership at its fifth annual Leadership Awards ceremony, which celebrates students, faculty and staff for their contributions on campus and beyond. “We value leadership, big and small, on our campus and in our community, and it is important to take time to join together and recognize this as a […]

Alloys Research Earns TMS Best Poster Prize

April 26, 2017

Adam Shaw '18, winner of 2017 best poster, Light Metals Division, TMS

Adam Shaw ’18 won a Best Student Poster prize at The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Annual Meeting held earlier this year in San Diego, California. Shaw’s poster, “Phase Stability of bcc MgSc Alloys via Cluster Expansion and Monte Carlo Methods,” received the top award in the undergraduate Light Metals Division. With faculty advisors, […]

Seniors, Alumni Garner NSF Fellowships

April 10, 2017


Two Harvey Mudd College seniors are recipients of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, which recognize outstanding students pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering. Seven recent Harvey Mudd graduates also received the prestigious fellowships. Three seniors and three alumni received honorable mentions. The fellowship supports graduate students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited […]

Harvey Mudd Alumni Association Announces 2017 Awards

March 1, 2017

Seal of Harvey Mudd College

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 29, during the College’s annual Alumni Weekend festivities. Outstanding Alumni The Board of Governors selected seven alumni to receive the […]