B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics
B.S. in Physics with Distinction, Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam N.Y.
M.S. in Physics, Brown University
Ph.D. in Physics, Brown University
What classes are you currently teaching?
Topics in Scientific Inquiry (Honors Class), FYS: Science on Stage with Prof. Dennis Barnett, Modern Physics, 2 sections of Digital Electronics Lab
What activities or campus organizations are you actively involved with?
Physics research every summer and school year, Physics club, Playground of Science, Chaplain's office for Passover sedar and Rosh Hashannah dinner.
What makes Coe stand out from other schools?
Blue collar hard-working students, exceptional research experiences and opportunities here, $2,000,000 of physics research equipment at Coe and access to hundreds of millions more and around the world, nationally active physics club and outreach activities.
What is your favorite class to teach and why?
Modern Physics. This is the class where the details of relativity and quantum physics are introduced. These are the coolest ideas one can imagine.
Name your most memorable Coe lecture and what it meant to you.
Nobel Laureate William Phillips and his lecture on ultra cold temperatures. We've had several nobel laureates over the years visit us.
What is your most memorable moment interacting with a Coe student?
- With former student Mario Affatigato, now my colleague, and Pres. Phifer in Washington when Mario got a Presidential Award after being nominated by the National Science Foundation.
- Giving a Coe diploma to my daughter Heidi.
- Helping Maranda Franke move in with her mom Maripat Franke. Maripat was my first student at Coe.
What research or projects are you currently working on with Coe students?
Many in glass science-on the manufacture of a rapid cooling device, on theoretical calculations of experimental spectra, on modeling glasses for storage of radioactive materials storage, on forming new vanadate glasses, on packing of atoms in glass, and much more.
What is your favorite website?
What book are you currently reading?
The Promise by Chaim Potok
What do you enjoy doing outside of class?
Travel the world, write on the history of money, theater in London, spend time with family, poker, baseball, going to my favorite deli, and much more.
What is the best getaway location, local or abroad?
London, Athens, Japan, NYC, local theater
What does teaching at Coe mean to you?
A lot. I've taught thousands of students in my 30+ year career here. Only family means more. In many ways Coe is like a family to me.
What is your favorite thing about Coe?
Students and watching them learn.
What is your favorite Coe tradition?
Physics student trip to Field of Dreams after watching the movie the day before-we do this every other year or so.
What advice would you give a prospective student?
Come to Coe! Take full advantage of the fantastic activities made available to you. In physics our students publish in professional journals. They give presentations and do research around the world. At Coe you will interact with teachers who care about you as a person. Come be part of our team.
Take the time to see what sets us apart if interested in physics. We are very different than most undergraduate physics departments. We are exceptionally active outside classroom with students in physics. We work with students for four years in research using state of the art equipment here and around the globe.