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.

Daniel Batcheldor, Ph.D.

Interim Department Head, Professor

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

145 OPS email 674-8098

Marc Baarmand, Ph.D.


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

 237 OPS email 674-7266

Samuel Durrance, Ph.D.


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

338 OPS email 674-7313

James Gering, M.S.

Instructor, Director of Undergraduate Laboratories

138 OPS email 674-7106

Marcus Hohlmann, Ph.D.


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

343 OPS email 674-7275

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

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

Csaba Palotai, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor


335 OPS email 674-8081

Jean-Carlos Perez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


350 OPS email 674-8084

Eric Perlman, Ph.D.


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

234 OPS email 674-7741

Véronique Petit, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Stellar astrophysics, massive star magnetospheres.

337 OPS email 674-8267

Darin Ragozzine, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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

336 OPS email 674-7207

George Rybicki, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor

Nuclear Physics, Radiation Detection and Measurement, Nuclear Non-Proliferation.

OPS email 674-8098

Benjamin Sawyer, M.S.

Assistant Professor

235 OPS email 674-7355

Francisco Yumiceva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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

236 OPS email 674-7338

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

Faculty at Large

T. Dwayne McCay, Ph.D.

President, CEO and Professor

Materials science, materials processing in space.


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 674-7573

Professors Emeriti

  • Joel H. Blatt, Ph.D.
  • J. Burns, Ph.D.
  • Ron-sheng Jin, Ph.D.
  • James D. Patterson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professors

Research Professors

Research Scientists

Administrative Staff

  • Leslie Smith, Administrative Assistant
  • Kathy Alger, Administrative Assistant

Graduate Students

  • Omar Al-dabbagh
  • Afrouz Ataei
  • Sayali Avachat
  • Dylan Bell
  • Vallary Bhopatkar
  • Levi Boggs
  • Alan Bozarth
  • Devon Clautice
  • Trisha Doyle (nee. Mizusawa)
  • Corinne Fletcher
  • Grace Disher (nee. Green)
  • Naziha El Hush
  • Amanda Fry
  • Danielle Hastings
  • Erich Geisert
  • Kyle Johnston
  • Rebeca Kinser
  • Matthew Knote
  • Craig Kolobow
  • Mariah MacDonald
  • Rebecca MacInnis
  • Darren Mareskas-Palcek
  • Carl Monroe
  • Juan-Carlos Palacios Caicedo
  • Mehdi Rahmani
  • Titas Roy
  • Mohammad Salem
  • Mark Saunders
  • Sailee Sawant
  • Evan Smith
  • Peter Solenski
  • Elizabeth Starling
  • Julia Tilles
  • Naomi Watanabe
  • Beverly Watson