Faculty of Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College faculty have a wide range of research interests.

Department of Biology

Stephen C. Adolph, Stuart Mudd Professor of Biology

Education: PhD, University of Washington.
Research interests: Physiological, evolutionary and behavioral ecology of lizards; mathematical models in ecology and evolution; statistical estimation of physiological performance.

Anna Ahn, Professor of Biology

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley.
Research interests: Neural control and mechanics of animal locomotion.

Eliot Bush, Associate Professor of Biology

Education: PhD, California Institute of Technology.
Research interests: Molecular evolution of noncoding DNA.

Matina Donaldson-Matasci, Barbara Stokes Dewey Assistant Professor of Biology

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Karl Haushalter, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biology and Associate Dean of Research and Experiential Learning

Education: PhD, Harvard University.
Research interests: The biochemistry of protein:nucleic acid interactions in the context of DNA repair and the innate immune response to HIV infection.

Jae Hur, Assistant Professor of Biology

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Catherine S. McFadden, Vivian and D. Kenneth Baker Professor in the Life Sciences and Chair, Department of Biology

Education: PhD, University of Washington.
Research interests: Molecular systematics of Octocorallia; life history evolution in colonial marine invertebrates

Danae Schulz, Assistant Professor of Biology

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley.
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Daniel M. Stoebel, Assistant Professor of Biology

Education: PhD, The State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Research interests: Function and evolution of bacterial regulatory networks.

Emeriti Faculty

William K. Purves, Professor of Biology Emeritus

Education: PhD, Yale University.
Research interests: Learning strategies, educational software.

Department of Chemistry

Robert J. Cave, Professor of Chemistry

Education: PhD, California Institute of Technology.
Research interests: Electronic structure theory and the quantum mechanical treatment of electron transfer reactions with a particular focus on understanding how distance and orientation affect the rate of electron transfer in biological and synthetic electron transfer reactions.

G. William Daub, Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Professor of Chemistry

Education: PhD, Stanford University.
Research interests: The development of new regio- and stereoselective reactions for organic synthesis.

Karl Haushalter, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biology and Associate Dean of Research and Experiential Learning

Education: PhD, Harvard University.
Research interests: The biochemistry of protein:nucleic acid interactions in the context of DNA repair and the innate immune response to HIV infection.

Lelia Hawkins, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Education: PhD, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
Research interests: characterization of light-absorbing compounds in atmospheric aerosol.

Adam R. Johnson, Professor of Chemistry

Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Research interests: Design of ligands for the synthesis of chiral transition metal complexes; enantioselective catalysis.

Kerry K. Karukstis, Ray and Mary Ingwersen Professor of Chemistry and Chair, Department of Chemistry

Education: PhD, Duke University.
Research interests: Applications of absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy to supramolecular assemblies (micelles, reverse micelles, vesicles) and macromolecular host-guest systems (cyclodextrins, dendrimers); spectroscopic analyses of surfactant aggregations and drug-delivery systems; determination of phase diagrams via fluorescence spectroscopy; incorporation of the case study method in chemistry courses to explore the interaction of science and society and develop critical thinking, teamwork, and oral communication skills; women as leaders in science and engineering.

Gerald R. Van Hecke ’61, Donald A. Strauss Professor of Chemistry

Education: B.S., Harvey Mudd College; PhD, Princeton University.
Research interests: Studies of liquid crystals: synthesis, thermodynamics of mixtures, polarized spectroscopy and computer simulations of liquid crystalline mixtures; thermodynamics of liquid mixtures studied by laser light scattering.

Katherine M. Van Heuvelen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Research interests: synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of bio-inspired transition metal complexes.

Hal Van Ryswyk, John Stauffer Professor of Chemistry

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin.
Research interests: Solar energy conversion, study of energy and electron transfer in self-assembled systems; electronic materials; monolayer chemistry at surfaces; analytical chemistry.

David A. Vosburg, Professor of Chemistry

Education: PhD, The Scripps Research Institute.
Research interests: Biomimetic cyclizations, natural product synthesis, green chemistry.

Emeriti Faculty

Mitsuru Kubota, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus

Education: PhD, University of Illinois.
Research interests: study of catalysis by metal compounds and inorganic chemistry.

Philip C. Myhre, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus

Education: PhD University of Washington.
Research interests: organic chemistry.

F. Sheldon Wettack, Professor of Chemistry and Dean Emeritus

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Computer Science Department

James C. Boerkoel Jr., Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Education: University of Michigan.
Research interests: Artificial intelligence, automated planning and scheduling, human-robot teamwork and user experience design.

Katherine Breeden, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Education: PhD, Stanford University.
Research interests: Computer graphics, human gaze response.

Zachary Dodds, Leonhard-Johnson-Rae Professor of Computer Science

Education: PhD, Yale University.
Research interests: Real-time computer vision, vision-based autonomous robotics and mapping; and the development of low-cost robots for research and education.

Michael A. Erlinger, Professor of Computer Science

Education: PhD, University of California, Los Angeles.
Research interests: Computer networking (protocols, management, security and wireless sensor networks), implementation and use.

Robert M. Keller, Professor of Computer Science

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley.
Research interests: Intelligent music software, programming languages, logic, model-checking, parallel and real-time computing, soft computing, formal methods.

Geoff Kuenning, Professor of Computer Science and Director, Computer Science Clinic

Education: PhD, University of California, Los Angeles.
Research interests: Operating systems, file systems, trace analysis, computer systems performance.

Colleen M. Lewis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Education: PhD, University of California at Berkeley.
Research interests: Computer science education.

Ran Libeskind-Hadas, R. Michael Shanahan Professor of Computer Science

Education: PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [GTE Fellow].
Research interests: Computational biology, algorithms, optical networking.

Julie Medero, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Education: PhD, University of Washington.
Research interests: Natural language processing.

Melissa O’Neill, Csilla and Walt Foley Professor of Computer Science and Chair, Computer Science Department

Education: PhD, Simon Fraser University.
Research interests: Functional programming languages and parallelism.

Christopher A. Stone, Professor of Computer Science

Education: PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Research interests: Type theory, programming language semantics, object calculi and compilers, concurrency.

Elizabeth A. Sweedyk, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley.
Research interests: Algorithms, complexity theory, computational biology, visualization, computer games, and computer graphics.

Katherine Elizabeth Trushkowsky, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Education: University of California, Berkeley.
Research interests: Database systems, human computation.

Benjamin Wiedermann, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin.
Research interests: Programming languages.

Yi-Chieh (Jessica) Wu

Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Research interests: Computational biology.

Department of Engineering

Lori C. Bassman, Professor of Engineering and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Education: PhD, Stanford University.
Research interests: Deformation mechanisms in polycrystalline metals, computational mechanics and plant biomechanics.

Anthony Bright, John Leland Atwood Professor of Engineering Science

Education: PhD, University of Bradford, England.
Research interests: hydrodynamics of jets and drop formation.

Brian Bryce, Assistant Professor of Engineering

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Mary Cardenas, Anthony W. LaFetra Chair in Environmental Engineering

Education: PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Research interests: numerical modeling of the fate and transport of sediments and toxic contaminants in water, both surface waters and groundwater.

Philip D. Cha, Professor of Engineering and C.F. Braun & Company Fellow

Education: PhD, University of Michigan.
Research interests: Effects of parameter uncertainties on the dynamics of structures; model updating; imposing nodes for arbitrarily supported elastic structures during harmonic excitations; frequency analysis of combined dynamical systems; vibration of beams carrying spring-mass-damper systems; vibration suppression using oscillators.

Christopher Clark, Professor of Engineering and Associate Department Chair

Education: PhD, Stanford University.
Research interests: multi-robot systems and their applications.

Albert Dato, Assistant Professor of Engineering

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Ziyad H. Duron ’81, Jude and Eileen Laspa Professor of Engineering

Education: B.S. Harvey Mudd College, PhD, California Institute of Technology.
Research interests: earthquake engineering, aerospace engineering, fire engineering, system characterization, structural dynamics, field test procedures or large civil structures including large concrete dams.

Okitsugu Furuya, Clinical Professor of Engineering

Education: PhD, California Institute of Technology.

Kash Gokli, Professor of Manufacturing Practice and Director, Engineering Clinic

Education: M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Research interests: manufacturing, engineering, product development, quality management and process improvement.

Gordon C. Krauss, Fletcher Jones Professor of Engineering Design

Education: PhD, Boston University.
Research interests: friction, wear and lubrication in mechanical and biological systems, design education.

David Money Harris, Harvey S. Mudd Professor of Engineering Design

Education: PhD, Stanford University.
Research interests: Digital systems, integrated circuit design and microprocessors.

Nancy K. Lape, Associate Professor of Engineering

Education: PhD, University of Minnesota.
Research interests: The effects of hydration and mechanical stretching on transport of drugs and toxins across human skin; Design and modeling of nanocomposite gas separation membranes; Engineering education.

Fred Leichter, Clinical Professor of Engineering

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Patrick Little, J. Stanley and Mary Wig Johnson Professor of Engineering Management and Chair of the Faculty

Education: ScD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Research interests: transportation, reliability and management of engineered systems.

Elizabeth J. Orwin ’95, James Howard Kindelberger Professor of Engineering and Chair, Department of Engineering

Education: B.S., Harvey Mudd College; PhD, University of Minnesota.
Research interests: Tissue engineering, bioreactor design and soft tissue biomechanics.

Donald S. Remer, Oliver C. Field Professor of Engineering Economics

Education: PhD, California Institute of Technology.
Research interests: Management including technical and project management, leadership styles, engineering economics and capital investment evaluation and cost estimation.

Matthew Spencer, Assistant Professor of Engineering

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R. Erik Spjut, Professor of Engineering, Union Oil Company Engineering Design Fellow

Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Research interests: Materials processing (especially containerless), process control, optical diagnostics and heat transfer (especially radiant).

Tanja Srebotnjak, Hixon Professor of Sustainable Environmental Design

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TJ Tsai, Assistant Professor of Engineering

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Ruye Wang, Professor of Engineering

Education: PhD, Rutgers University.
Research interests: image processing, pattern recognition, vision systems, data mining, remote sensing, neural computation and bioinformatics.

Qimin Yang, Associate Professor of Engineering and Associate Director, Engineering Clinic

Education: PhD, Princeton University.
Research interests: Optical Communications, Optical Packet Switching networks, QoS in Optical Networks.

Werner Zorman, Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair in Leadership

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Emeriti Faculty

Carl J. Baumgaertner, Clinical Professor of Engineering Emeritus

Education: B.S., St. Thomas College; postgraduate studies at University of Minnesota.
Research interests: Engineering challenges in the aerospace and defense industry, particularly analog electronic circuits and closed loop control systems.

Mack Gilkeson, Professor of Engineering Emeritus

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Joseph A. King, Professor of Engineering Emeritus

Education: PhD, University of Oklahoma
Research interests: materials science related phenomena with particular interest in the materials-environmental interactions

John I. Molinder, Professor of Engineering Emeritus

Education: PhD, California Institute of Technology
Research interests: communication systems and signal processing

James E. Monson, Professor of Engineering Emeritus

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J. Richard (Rich) Phillips, Professor of Engineering Emeritus

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Wing Cheung Tam, Professor of Engineering and Computer Science Emeritus

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B. Samuel Tanenbaum, Professor of Life Sciences and Engineering and Dean Emeritus

Education: PhD, Yale University.
Research interests: Analysis of sustainability technologies and issues, particularly those related to energy use.

Harry E. Williams, Professor of Engineering Emeritus

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Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

William Alves, Professor of Music

Education: DMA, University of Southern California.
Research interests: Music composition, computer music, tuning systems, abstract animation, gamelan and other world music.

Isabel Balseiro, Alexander and Adelaide Hixon Professor of Humanities

Education: PhD, New York University.
Research interests: Contemporary writers and filmmakers from Africa and Latin America. Teaches on cultural and race studies, cinema and postcolonial literatures.

Hal S. Barron, Louisa and Robert Miller Professor of Humanities

Education: M.A., PhD, University of Pennsylvania.
Research interests: History of rural America; immigration and ethnicity; food and American culture.

David Cubek, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Claremont Concert Orchestra, Scripps College (Joint Music Program)

Education: DMA, Northwestern University.
Research interests: conducting symphonic and operatic repertoire; research on alternative modes of orchestral training and music as an interdisciplinary art form.

Marianne de Laet, Professor of Anthropology and Science, Technology and Society

Education: PhD, University of Utrecht.
Research interests: Social studies of science; cultural anthropology; technology and culture; video game culture; practices of knowledge-making; collaboration and management in big science.

Erika W. Dyson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Education: PhD, Columbia University.
Research interests: religion and science; intersections between social-change activism and religion; American religious history; and church and state.

Gary R. Evans, Ruth and Harvey Berry Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership and Director, Entrepreneurial Network

Education: PhD, University of California, Riverside.
Research interests: financial institutions and small business development, enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Ken Fandell, Michael G. and C. Jane Wilson Chair in Arts and the Humanities

Education: MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Research interests: interdisciplinary arts.

Jeffrey D. Groves, Professor of Literature

Education: PhD, The Claremont Graduate School.
Research interests: nineteenth-century American literature and publishing, the history of the book.

Vivien Hamilton, Associate Professor of History

Education: PhD, University of Toronto.
Research interests: History of physics; history of medicine; gender and science; disciplinary cultures in science.

Charles W. Kamm, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choirs, Scripps College (Joint Music Program)

Education: DMA, Yale University.
Research interests: Conductor of the Claremont Concert Choir and the Claremont Chamber Choir; professional vocal soloist and conductor; research on performance practices of renaissance and early Baroque music, 19th century nationalism in music and contemporary Scandinavian choral repertoire.

Debra Mashek, Professor of Psychology

Education: PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Research interests: Psychology of close relationships, causes and consequences of feeling “too close” to intimate others, how jail inmates manage potentially competing allegiances to the criminal community and the community at large.

Rachel Mayeri, Professor of Media Studies

Education: MFA., University of California, San Diego.
Research interests: contemporary art, media studies (especially film studies), cultural studies, science studies, video and new media production and installation.

Paul F. Steinberg, Malcolm Lewis Chair in Sustainability and Society

Education: PhD, University of California Santa Cruz.
Research interests: Comparative and international environmental politics; environmental governance in developing countries; biodiversity; research methods.

Lisa M. Sullivan, Vice President and R. Michael Shanahan Dean of the Faculty Willard W. Keith Jr. Fellow in the Humanities; Professor of Economic History

Education: PhD, University of Toronto.
Research interests: Economic anthropology and economic history, specifically the comparative history of work and work ethics; political economy of higher education.

Darryl Wright, Willard W. Keith Jr. Fellow in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy

Education: PhD, University of Michigan.
Research interests: History of ethics; moral and political philosophy.

Emeriti Faculty

Tad A. Beckman, Professor Philosophy Emeritus

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley.
Research interests: History of Western philosophy, philosophy of science and environmental philosophy. Founder of the HMC Center for Environmental Studies.

Michael Lamkin, Professor of Music Emeritus (Joint Music Program)

Education: PhD, University of Iowa.
Research interests: Central European music and history 1750-1950, intersections of European cultures.

Richard G. Olson ’62, Professor of History Emeritus

Education: B.S. Harvey Mudd College; PhD, Harvard University.
Research interests: Historical interactions between developments in the natural sciences and other cultural domains, especially religion and ideology; Scientific and anti-scientific movements in the nineteenth century.

David S. Sanders, Professor of Literature Emeritus

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Department of Mathematics

Arthur T. Benjamin, Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University.
Research interests: Combinatorics, game theory, and number theory, with particular emphasis on combinatorial proofs and Fibonacci numbers.

Andrew Bernoff, Kenneth A. and Diana G. Jonsson Professor of Mathematics

Education: PhD, Trinity College, Cambridge University.
Research interests: Fluid Mechanics including thin films, free surface problems, modelling of intermolecular forces, microfluidics and generation of micron-sized aerosols, mixing and advection/diffusion processes; material science, in particular continuum modelling and surface diffusion; mathematical methods, in particular dynamical systems, pattern formation self-similarity and scaling phenomena, and asymptotic methods.

Alfonso Castro, Professor of Mathematics

Education: PhD, University of Cincinnati.
Research interests: Existence, multiplicity and bifurcation of solutions to nonlinear partial differential equations, general applied mathematics.

Lisette G. de Pillis, Norman F. Sprague Jr., Professor of Life Sciences and Professor of Mathematics; Chair, Department of Mathematics

Education: PhD, University of California, Los Angeles.
Research interests: Cancer immunology modeling, mathematical biology, optimal control, parallel computing, numerical analysis, computational fluid dynamics, numerical linear algebra.

Weiqing Gu, Avery Professor of Mathematics and Director, Mathematics Clinic

Education: M.A., PhD, University of Pennsylvania.
Research interests: Differential geometry and topology; geometrical modeling and design, applications to math-biology, applications to industrial mathematics (optimal control, encryption and color scheme).

Jon Jacobsen, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Education: PhD, University of Utah.
Research interests: Partial differential equations, dynamical systems, pattern formation, mathematical biology.

Dagan Karp, Associate Professor of Mathematics; Associate Department Chair and Associate Dean for Diversity

Education: PhD, University of British Columbia.
Research interests: Geometry and algebraic geometry. Including quantum geometry, Gromov-Witten theory and related subjects.

Rachel Levy, Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Education: PhD, North Carolina State University.
Research interests: Fluid dynamics with applications in industrial and biological systems.  The mathematical models are comprised of nonlinear systems of hyperbolic and parabolic partial differential equations.  Physical contexts  include industrial coating processes, particle-laden slurry flows, surfactant replacement therapy for premature infants and animal locomotion.

Susan E. Martonosi, Joseph B. Platt Chair in Effective Teaching and Professor of Mathematics

Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Research interests: Operations research techniques applied to problems in homeland security; other public sector applications of mathematical modeling.

Mohamed Omar, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Education: PhD, University of California, Davis.
Research interests: Algebraic methods in graph theory and discrete/combinatorial optimization.

Michael Orrison Jr., Professor of Mathematics

Education: PhD, Dartmouth College.
Research interests: graph theory, voting theory, representation theory, computational noncommutative harmonic analysis.

Nicholas Pippenger, Avery Professor of Mathematics

Education: PhD, MIT.
Research interests: discrete mathematics, probability, applications to computation and communication.

Francis Su, Benediktsson-Karwa Chair in Mathematics

Education: PhD, Harvard University.
Research interests: Geometric and topological combinatorics, fair division problems in game theory and mathematical economics.

Talithia D. Williams, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Education: PhD, Rice University.
Research interests: Statistical techniques applied to problems in the environment, dynamic space – time modeling, nonstationary covariance estimation, change-of-support problem.

Darryl H. Yong ’96, Professor of Mathematics

Education: B.S., Harvey Mudd College; PhD, University of Washington.
Research interests: partial differential equations and asymptotics, mathematics education.

Emeriti Faculty

Courtney S. Coleman, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus

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John Greever, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus

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Robert T. Ives, Associate Professor of Mathematics Emeritus

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Henry A. Krieger, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus

Education: PhD, Brown University.
Research interests: Probability theory and stochastic processes.

Alden F. Pixley, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus

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Department of Physics

Chih-Yung Chen, Associate Professor of Physics

Education: PhD, MIT.
Research interests: Solid-state physics, including electromagnetic and optical properties of high-temperature superconductors, semiconductors and magnetic materials.

Thomas D. Donnelly, Professor of Physics and Core Curriculum Director

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley.
Research interests: Experimental laser physics, including studies of laser-driven fusion and related microfluid aerosols, the generation of polymer nanoparticles and nonlinear optics.

James C. Eckert, Professor of Physics

Education: PhD, University of Southern California.
Research interests: Magnetic thin films.

Ann Esin, Associate Professor of Physics

Education: PhD, Harvard University.
Research interests: Astrophysics, with a focus on observations and theoretical modeling of young stellar clusters.

Sharon Gerbode, Iris and Howard Critchell Assistant Professor of Physics

Education: PhD, Cornell University.
Research interests: Soft condensed matter.

Richard C. Haskell, Burton G. Bettingen Professor of Physics, Director, Physics Clinic, and Director, Center for Environmental Studies

Education: PhD, The Johns Hopkins University.
Research interests: Biophysics and optics, including laser light scattering to study membranes and muscle; photon diffusion and optical coherence microscopy to image biological tissue.

Theresa W. Lynn, Associate Professor of Physics and Chair, Department of Physics

Education: PhD, California Institute of Technology.
Research interests: Atomic and optical physics, including quantum optics; observational study of ultra-high energy cosmic rays.

Gregory A. Lyzenga ’75, Professor of Physics

Education: B.S., Harvey Mudd College; PhD, California Institute of Technology.
Research interests: geophysics, including observational study of crustal deformation and earthquakes using geodetic, seismological and gravimetric methods; computer simulation of tectonic processes.

Peter N. Saeta, Professor of Physics

Education: PhD, Harvard University.
Research interests: Nonlinear optics and semiconductor physics, including surface and buried interface effects, metal surfaces and > nanoparticles; magneto-optics; plasmonics and solar energy conversion.

Vatche V. Sahakian, Professor of Physics

Education: PhD, University of Chicago.
Research interests: Theoretical particle physics, string theory, quantum gravity, cosmology.

Patricia D. Sparks, Professor of Physics

Education: PhD, Cornell University.
Research interests: solid-state physics, including study of the optical and magnetic properties of metals and interfaces.

John S. Townsend, Susan and Bruce Worster Professor of Physics

Education: PhD, The Johns Hopkins University.
Research interests: Theoretical particle physics and quantum field theory.

Emeriti Faculty

Thomas M. Helliwell, Professor of Physics and Dean Emeritus

Education: PhD, California Institute of Technology.
Research interests: Theoretical general relativity, relativistic astrophysics, and cosmology; the foundations of quantum theory.

Daniel C. Petersen, Professor of Physics Emeritus

Education: PhD, Harvard University.
Research interests: Biophysics, including physical properties of membranes, optical coherence microscopy; chaos.

William H. Sandmann, Professor of Physics Emeritus

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Jack H. Waggoner, Jr., Associate Professor of Physics Emeritus

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Robert P. Wolf, Professor of Physics Emeritus

Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Research interests: Energy resources, especially solar energy, environmental effects; Nonlinear phenomena, including chaotic behavior; computer modeling; Solid state physics, especially low-temperature phase transitions.