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.

Department Head, Professor

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

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

Saida Caballero-Nieves, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Director Olin Observatory

Massive stars, massive binaries and multiplicity, adaptive optics, stellar spectroscopy, interferometry, space based astronomy.

336 OPS email 674-7594

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

Steven Lazarus, Ph.D.


Climate change, hurricanes, coastal meteorology, wind/wave modeling, thunderstorm electrification/transient luminous events, mesoscale analysis, data assimilation and modeling.

Amitabh Nag, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 

Atmospheric electricity, lightning physics, electromagnetics, detection, protection, and warnings, applications of lightning data.

346 OPS email 674-7717

Csaba Palotai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Atmospheric dynamics, cloud physics of giant planets, terrestrial and jovian comet and asteroid impacts.

335 OPS email 674-8081

Jean-Carlos Perez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 

Nonlinear dynamics, turbulence in space plasma flows, analytical and numerical modeling using magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and multi-fluid models.

350 OPS email 674-8084

Eric Perlman, Ph.D.


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

234 OPS email 674-7741

Pallav Ray, PhD.

Assistant Professor

Tropical climate variability, weather-climate interactions, high-resolution regional climate models, climate change, tropics-extratropics interactions and predictability, climatic impacts on society.

Jérémy Riousset, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Plasma discharges, crustal field/plasmasphere interactions on Mars, star-planet electromagnetic interactions.

Shermineh Rostami Fairchild, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Infrared laser filamentation, ultrafast laser pulse propagation and their interactions with gases.

George Rybicki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 

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

232 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.


Martin Richardson, Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Professor

Lasers, Fiber Optics, Optoelectronics & Integrated Photonics, Nonlinear & Quantum Optics, Imaging, Sensing & Display.


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

Hakeem Oluseyi, Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Professor, Space Science Education Manager, NASA HQ 

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

Professors Emeriti

  • Joel H. Blatt, 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
  • Abdulrahman Aljasim
  • Augustus Azelis
  • Dylan Bell
  • Vallary Bhopatkar
  • Sakhee Bhure
  • Levi Boggs
  • Elena Botella
  • Alan Bozarth
  • Devon Clautice 
  • Antoine Crite
  • Grace Disher (nee. Green)
  • Trisha Doyle (nee. Mizusawa)
  • Zachary Eckert
  • Naziha El Hush
  • Corinne Fletcher
  • Eric Hansen
  • Scott Johnson
  • Kyle Johnston
  • Elizabeth Juelfs
  • Matthew Knote
  • Craig Kolobow
  • Darren Mareskas-Palcek
  • Carl Monroe
  • Juan-Carlos Palacios Caicedo
  • Mehdi Rahmani
  • Titas Roy
  • Ramanakumar Sankar
  • Mark Saunders
  • Sailee Sawant
  • Evan Smith
  • Brendan Steffens
  • Naomi Watanabe
  • Beverly Watson