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 and Department Chair

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, Associate 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

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, Barbara Stokes Dewey Assistant 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, Associate 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. Kenneth A. and Diana G. Jonsson Professor of Mathematics

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Zachary Dodds, Leonard-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, Csilla and Walt Foley 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

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Melissa O’Neill, Chair of the Computer Science Department and Professor of Computer Science

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

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Benjamin Wiedermann, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests: programming languages

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 Brynce, 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

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

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 and Associate Department Chair

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

John I. Molinder, James Howard Kindelberger Professor of Engineering

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

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 and Director, Engineering Clinic

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, Annenberg Professor of 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

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, Associate 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 and Vice President and R. Michael Shanahan Dean of the Faculty

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

Vivien Hamilton, Assistant 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, Associate 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 ’67 Professor of 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, Willard W. Keith Jr. Fellow in the Humanities and Professor of Economic History and Chair, Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

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 Associate 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 Professor of 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, Associate 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