Category: "Physics"

Harvey Mudd Alumnae Compete in 42nd Air Race Classic

June 15, 2018

Harvey Mudd alumnae Nancy Smith ’76 and Barbara Filkins ’75

Harvey Mudd College physics alumnae Barbara Filkins ’75 and Nancy Smith ’76 are competing in the 42nd Air Race Classic, the annual all-women, cross-country airplane race, to raise money to support the College’s Iris and Howard Critchell Aeronautical Annual Scholarship. Filkins and Smith are graduates of the former Bates Aeronautics Program, which Iris and Howard […]

Harvey Mudd Welcomes New Faculty

June 12, 2018

Motivated by the mission of broadly educating students in science, engineering, mathematics and in the humanities, social sciences and the arts, faculty members at Harvey Mudd College develop innovative pedagogies, offer opportunities for student research, engage students in experiential learning and challenge students to develop an informed world view. The College welcomed new scholars who […]

Physics Paper Delves Inside the Box

April 24, 2018

Black Box

Somewhere in the basement of the Harvey Mudd Department of Physics, there’s a nameless black box. But its unremarkable looks and lack of an official moniker belie its capabilities. Built in 2016 by mathematics and physics major Calvin Leung ’17 and physics major Amy Brown ’17, the black box contains photon detectors, a camera lens […]

Three-day Showcase of Student Projects Begins April 30

April 19, 2018

Rsearch posters at Harvey Mudd College

In celebration of experiential learning, an integral part of the Harvey Mudd College experience, the entire College community celebrates students’ original projects in design or research each spring. This celebration of student achievement includes Presentation Days (April 30 and May 2), showcasing senior thesis research and class projects, and Projects Day, May 1, a showcase […]

NSF Graduate Fellowships Announced

April 16, 2018

NSF logo

Two Harvey Mudd College seniors, Jessica Lupanow and Kemper Ludlow, have been granted National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. In addition, three Harvey Mudd alumni were granted fellowships, and four seniors were awarded honorable mentions, which is considered a significant academic achievement. Ludlow, a physics major, will attend Cornell University and conduct research in experimental […]

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 […]