Physics and Space Sciences

Faculty and Staff

All phone numbers use area code 321. Offices are in the Olin Physical Sciences Building (OPS). Click here for a campus map.

Dr. Marc Baarmand Marc Baarmand, Ph.D.


Experimental high-energy particle physics at Fermilab and CERN, multi-TeV proton-proton collisions with CMS experiment, grid computing.

237 OPS email 674-7266

Dr. Laszlo Baksay Laszlo Baksay, Ph.D.

Professor, Physics & Space Sciences, Education & Interdisc. Studies 

Fellow, Amer. Physical Society

UNESCO Sat, experimental high-energy physics at LHC, detector development           

email 674-7205

Dr. Daniel P. Batcheldor
Daniel Batcheldor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director Olin Observatory

Supermassive black holes, galaxy evol., space-based obs. astronomy, extreme contrast ratio imaging.

337 OPS email 674-7717

Dr. Samuel Durrance Samuel Durrance, Ph.D.


Effects of space flight on humans, astrobiology, planetary science.

346 OPS email 674-7313

Joseph Dwyer, Ph.D.

Professor, Department Head

Thunderstorms, lightning, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs), runaway breakdown, x-rays from lightning.

350 OPS email 674-7208

Mr. Jim Gering James Gering, M.S.

Instructor, Director of Undergraduate Laboratories


138 OPS email 674-7106

Dr. Marcus Hohlmann Marcus Hohlmann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Experimental high-energy physics with CMS at CERN, particle detector development, muon tomography, high-performance grid computing.

343 OPS email 674-7275

Dr. Ningyu Liu Ningyu Liu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Atmospheric electricity and space physics, gas discharge physics, plasma chemistry & materials processing, computational physics.

348 OPS email 674-7348

Dr. Dwayne McCay T. Dwayne McCay, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Professor

Materials science, materials processing in space.

Provost's Suite, Bldg 401 email 674-7297

Catherine Neish, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Planetary science, radar remote sensing, impact cratering, astrobiology.

335 OPS email 674-8081

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi Hakeem Oluseyi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Solar/stellar astrophysics, cosmology, solid-state detectors, semiconductor manufacturing, history of astronomy, science education.

233 OPS email 674-7247

Dr. Eric Perlman Eric Perlman, Ph.D.


Active galactic nuclei, jets, observational cosmology, high-energy & multiwavelength astrophysics.

234 OPS email 674-7741

Darin Ragozzine, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Planetary science, exoplanets, Kuiper belt objects, orbital dynamics, transiting planet light curves, astrobiology.

336 OPS email 674-7207

Dr. Hamid Rassoul Hamid Rassoul, Ph.D.

Professor, Dean of College of Science

Planetary lightning, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs), cosmic rays, space weather, low- & mid-latitude aurorae.

302/351 OPS email 674-8778

Mr. Ben Sawyer Benjamin Sawyer, M.S.

Assistant Professor


235 OPS email 674-7355

Francisco Yumiceva

Francisco Yumiceva, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Experimental high-energy physics at CERN, search for exotic particles, simulation and development of particle detectors.

236 OPS email 674-7338

Ming Zhang

Ming Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor, Director of Geospace Physics Laboratory (GPL)

Cosmic radiation and interactions with plasma and magnetic fields in the interstellar medium, the heliosphere, and magnetospheres.

349 OPS email 674-8891





Professors Emeriti

  • Joel H. Blatt, Ph.D.
  • Terry Oswalt, Ph.D.
  • James D. Patterson, Ph.D.

Research Professors

Research Scientists

Administrative Staff

Graduate Students

  • Jawaher Alshammari
  • Shahab Arabshahi
  • Sayali Avachat
  • Dylan Bell
  • Vallary Bhopatkar
  • Katherine Boedges
  • Kristine Boykin
  • David Chesny
  • Devon Clautice
  • Doug Cramer
  • Eric Cramer
  • Mary Cwikla
  • Tanya Dax
  • Ismael Diaz
  • Raad Foadi
  • Erich Geisert
  • Hector Hernandez Rojas
  • Stacy Irwin
  • Himali Kalakhety
  • Burcu Kosar
  • George Leisure
  • Rob Lucia
  • Matt Merlo
  • Trisha Doyle (nee. Mizusawa)
  • Aiken Oliver
  • Brice Orange
  • Jordan Robertson
  • Titas Roy
  • Samaneh Sadighi
  • Mohammad Salem
  • Megan Schaal
  • Evan Smith
  • Robert Treen