Category: "Physics"

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 […]

“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 […]

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, […]