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, Associate Professor, Director Olin Observatory

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

145/337 OPS email 674-7717

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.

Associate Professor

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

Catherine Neish, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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

335 OPS email 674-8081

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

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.

346 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

Benjamin Sawyer, M.S.

Assistant Professor

235 OPS email 674-7355

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, 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.

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Professor

Materials science, materials processing in space.

Joint appoint between Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Physics & Space Sciences.

Provost's Suite, Bldg 401 email 674-7297

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 Aldabbagh
  • Hadi Alsagur
  • Ali Alzahrani
  • Shahab Arabshahi
  • Sayali Avachat
  • Dylan Bell
  • Vallary Bhopatkar
  • Perry Bird
  • Alan Bozarth
  • Devon Clautice
  • Eric Cramer
  • Mary Cwikla
  • Ismael Diaz
  • Trisha Doyle (nee. Mizusawa)
  • Corinne Fletcher
  • Raad Foadi
  • Danielle Hastings
  • Hector Hernandez Rojas
  • Stacy Irwin
  • Himali Kalakhety
  • Rebeca Kinser
  • Burcu Kosar
  • Kyle Leaf
  • Rob Lucia
  • Darren Mareskas-Palcek
  • Ankit Mohapatra
  • Carl Monroe
  • Karlee Radford
  • Titas Roy
  • Samaneh Sadighi
  • Mohammad Salem
  • Evan Smith
  • Peter Solenski
  • Elizabeth Starling
  • Bryon Timbs
  • Robert Treen
  • Beverly Watson
  • Shiyuan Xu
  • Christian Zelenka