Department chair: Kara Beauchamp  |  Contact info


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    Kara Beauchamp

    W.F. Johnston Professor of Physics and Engineering

    Teaches courses in physics, including Astronomy, Introductory Mechanics, Modern Physics, and Astrophysics. She currently collaborates with students on astrophysics research projects, and she has also studied high-temperature superconductors, magnetic materials, dye-sensitized solar cells, and local wind energy project feasibility. Ph.D. in Physics, University of Minnesota.

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    Brian Johns

    Assistant Professor of Engineering

    Teaches courses covering a range of engineering topics, including design principles, mechanics, thermodynamics, and materials. He also teaches upper-level electives and the engineering capstone course. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa.

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    Niloofar Kamran

    Assistant Professor of Engineering

    Teaches introductory physics and engineering courses, as well as upper-level courses in engineering, such as Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer, and Signals and Systems. Her research focuses on controlling complex systems, with applications in control of satellites and of fluid flow of fuel in a rocket thruster. Ph.D. in engineering physics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; M.S. in aerospace engineering, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran; B.S. in mechanical engineering, Guilan University, Iran.

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    Derin Sherman

    Professor of Physics and Engineering

    Teaches courses in physics and engineering, including Engineering Circuits, Lagrangian Mechanics, upper-level Electricity and Magnetism and the physics capstone Advanced Experimental Physics. He also teaches the nonmajors courses Science through Film and Fiction and Electronics for Everyone. Ph.D. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Emeriti Faculty

  • Harlan (Cot) Graber

    Professor Emeritus of Physics

    Ph.D. in Physics, University of Kansas.

  • Richard Jacob

    Professor Emeritus of Physics and Computer Science

    Ph.D. in Physics, University of Wisconsin.