Physics

Education

  • BS, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • MS, Lehigh University
  • PHD, Lehigh University

Assistant Professor of Physics

Contact Information

From early on in my life I have always enjoyed puzzles and problem solving, so in school I naturally gravitated toward the sciences, specifically physics. For me, studying physics is not only about learning how the physical world works but also about being able to think critically about any sort of problem and break it down into a simple elegant solution.

I believe that some of the richest learning experiences happen outside of the classroom. As a student, I spent a great deal of time developing and building cantaloupe-throwing devices. I have constructed two air cannons and two catapults. At SU, with the help of students, we work on projects like this as often as possible. When I am not trying to make fruit fly, I spend my free time solidifying my proud geek lifestyle with gaming and comics.

Studying and teaching physics in a liberal arts college setting, like SU, is a very rewarding experience. Typical roles of students and teachers are replaced with a community of friends and coworkers. My hope is that I am able to share my passion for physics with my students so that they can reach their own lightbulb moments and be able to develop a new way of looking at the world around them.

My research focus in atomic and molecular laser spectroscopy. I study the interactions between high-lying electronic states of alkali diatomic molecules. Spin-orbit and nonadiabatic interactions result in molecular states described by mixed component wavefunctions. By fitting theoretical simulations to experimental bound-free resolved fluorescence spectra, sensitive information about these interactions can be obtained.

Dynamic collision processes are also studied. When a molecule experiences an inelastic collision with a nearby atom, population and orientation is transferred between nearby energy levels. A combination of laser induced fluorescence and polarization spectroscopy can be used to determine the rates of such processes and how they are affected by the initial conditions and types of atoms taking part in the collisions.

  • BIOL-450: Advanced STEM Seminar
  • PHYS-101: Digital and Analog Electronics
  • OFFP-NOLA: GO New Orleans
  • OFFR-NOLA: GO New Orleans
  • OFFS-NOLA: GO New Orleans
  • PHYS-500: Independent Study
  • PHYS-100: Introductory Astronomy
  • PHYS-100L: Introductory Astronomy Lab
  • PHYS-201: Introductory Physics I Lab
  • PHYS-202: Introductory Physics I: Algebra-Based
  • PHYS-204: Introductory Physics I: Calculus-Based
  • PHYS-207: Introductory Physics II Lab
  • PHYS-206: Introductory Physics II: Calculus-based
  • PHYS-405: Mathematical Physics
  • PRDV-104: Perspectives
  • PHYS-108: Physics of Music
  • PHYS-550: Physics Research
  • PHYS-402: Quantum Mechanics
  • BIOL-250: STEM First-Year Seminar

About Me

From early on in my life I have always enjoyed puzzles and problem solving, so in school I naturally gravitated toward the sciences, specifically physics. For me, studying physics is not only about learning how the physical world works but also about being able to think critically about any sort of problem and break it down into a simple elegant solution.

I believe that some of the richest learning experiences happen outside of the classroom. As a student, I spent a great deal of time developing and building cantaloupe-throwing devices. I have constructed two air cannons and two catapults. At SU, with the help of students, we work on projects like this as often as possible. When I am not trying to make fruit fly, I spend my free time solidifying my proud geek lifestyle with gaming and comics.

Studying and teaching physics in a liberal arts college setting, like SU, is a very rewarding experience. Typical roles of students and teachers are replaced with a community of friends and coworkers. My hope is that I am able to share my passion for physics with my students so that they can reach their own lightbulb moments and be able to develop a new way of looking at the world around them.

Professional Experience

My research focus in atomic and molecular laser spectroscopy. I study the interactions between high-lying electronic states of alkali diatomic molecules. Spin-orbit and nonadiabatic interactions result in molecular states described by mixed component wavefunctions. By fitting theoretical simulations to experimental bound-free resolved fluorescence spectra, sensitive information about these interactions can be obtained.

Dynamic collision processes are also studied. When a molecule experiences an inelastic collision with a nearby atom, population and orientation is transferred between nearby energy levels. A combination of laser induced fluorescence and polarization spectroscopy can be used to determine the rates of such processes and how they are affected by the initial conditions and types of atoms taking part in the collisions.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL-450: Advanced STEM Seminar
  • PHYS-101: Digital and Analog Electronics
  • OFFP-NOLA: GO New Orleans
  • OFFR-NOLA: GO New Orleans
  • OFFS-NOLA: GO New Orleans
  • PHYS-500: Independent Study
  • PHYS-100: Introductory Astronomy
  • PHYS-100L: Introductory Astronomy Lab
  • PHYS-201: Introductory Physics I Lab
  • PHYS-202: Introductory Physics I: Algebra-Based
  • PHYS-204: Introductory Physics I: Calculus-Based
  • PHYS-207: Introductory Physics II Lab
  • PHYS-206: Introductory Physics II: Calculus-based
  • PHYS-405: Mathematical Physics
  • PRDV-104: Perspectives
  • PHYS-108: Physics of Music
  • PHYS-550: Physics Research
  • PHYS-402: Quantum Mechanics
  • BIOL-250: STEM First-Year Seminar