Faculty Members Conducting Research

Students are encouraged to work with faculty mentors on research.

Benjamin Brown, Professor and Chair, Ph.D. Brandeis University, studies positron interaction with atoms and molecules at low energies which has applications in atomic physics, chemistry, and astrophysics.

Joseph Collins, Associate Professor, Ph.D. IIT, studies biological liquid crystals with particular interest in self-assembly behavior as a function of temperature and chemical environment in order to advance our understanding of intercellular communication and certain diseases such as sickle cell anemia.

Paul Joseph, Lecturer, M.S. University of Utah, is the Chief Meteorologist of the Journal Broadcast Group’s Milwaukee operation of Today’s TMJ 4, WTMJ and WKTI. He has been forecasting Milwaukee’s weather for over 33 years and has a strong interest in science education.

John Karkheck, Professor, Ph.D. SUNY Stony Brook, develops and analyzes statistical models of fluids in order to advance our understanding of transport processes and irreversible behavior in fluids and of the nature of interparticle forces.

Andrew Kunz, Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, simulates magnetic materials in order to better understand the dynamic response of such systems. The simulation results are used to create physical models for magnetoresistive and other spintronic devices. He is also interested in improving physics education.

Rev. Donald Matthys, S.J., Professor, Ph.D. Washington University, develops optical measurement and imaging techniques for precision determination of surface deformation and contouring.

Michael Politano, Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of Illinois, models populations of interacting binary stars with emphasis on model populations of cataclysmic variable stars, such as novae. He is interested in physics education and teacher preparation.

Zbigniew Sorbjan, Research Professor, Ph.D. Warsaw, models turbulence, diffusion and clouds in atmospheric boundary layer, the lowest mile of the atmosphere.

Christopher Stockdale, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Oklahoma, is actively engaged in a multi-wavelength study of core collapse supernovae. He observes the radio emission from these events and their surroundings using a variety of instruments, but primarily the Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico.


Physics Department Mission Statement

The Physics Department is committed to excellence in undergraduate physics education and embraces the Ignation ideal of cura personalis, or "care for the whole person." The Department is a community of faculty, staff and students: Faculty advance the frontiers of physics in both research and education, staff contribute their expertise in facilitating all endeavors of the department, and students participate in learning and scholarship with the guidance of the faculty.