Faculty and Staff

Index

Faculty

Lecturers

Staff


Faculty

Paul Dixon

Professor & Chair

The experimental investigation of complex fluid systems using dynamic light scattering and various dynamic susceptibilities. At the moment, I am particularly interested in the non-equilibrium thermodynamics of granular systems near the onset and quenching of fluidization. Another ongoing project involves the development and study of electro-active gels. The creation and improvement of experimental techniques for complex fluids research: this includes Specific Heat Spectroscopy (SHS), Third-Harmonic Dielectric Spectroscopy (THDS), and Speckle Visibility Spectroscopy (SVS). Currently, I am focusing on a two year NSF-funded project to improve SVS and develop it into a more robust experimental tool for use by non-specialists. The design of computer-based data acquisition and control systems for research and instruction - including the Digital Lock-in Analyzer (DLI) and the National Instruments Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrument Suite (NI-ELVIS). Presently, I am involved in a long-term project to integrate NI-ELVIS into a self-paced instructional environment.

E-Mail: pdixon *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-5399
Office: PS-117


Leo Connolly

Professor Emeritus

Professor Connolly is a Professor Emeritus. All inquiries should be directed to the department office at (909) 537-5397.


Carol Hood

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hood studies the low mass black holes found at the centers of some galaxies. She also has a strong interest in physics and astronomy education.

E-Mail: chood *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-5389
Office: PS-111


Karen Kolehmainen

Professor

Current research involves computer modeling of the population genetics of a class of human genetic diseases called trinucleotide repeat diseases, which include Fragile X syndrome, Huntington's disease, and myotonic dystrophy. These disorders involve complex non-Mendelian genetics, and my work correlates their inheritance patterns to recently discovered molecular details of the mutations. This work should improve understanding of the underlying molecular genetics, as well as improving risk estimates for genetic counseling. Past, and potentially future, research projects involve computer modeling of the properties of matter at very high density and temperature, including applications to heavy ion collisions, supernova explosions, and the early universe.

Professor Kolehmainen's Website: http://physics.csusb.edu/~karen/
E-Mail: karen *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-5401
Office: PS-118


Paul Renteln

Professor

My current research interests lie in the field of combinatorics. I am particularly interested in hypergraph theory, combinatorial commutative algebra, and enumerative combinatorics. My past research activities centered on the development of a quantum theory of gravity and on the quantization of spacetime.

Professor Renteln's Website: http://physics.csusb.edu/~prenteln/
E-Mail: prenteln *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-5402
Office: PS-116


Javier Torner

Professor

Professor Torner is currently serving as Interim Associate Vice President of IRT and University Information Security Officer. He can be reached at (909) 537-5099 or (909) 537-7262 or by email at the address below.

Professor Torner's Website: http://physics.csusb.edu/~jtorner/
E-Mail: jtorner *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-5403


Timothy Usher

Professor

Ferroelectrics research: Ferroelectric materials remember electric fields. Therefore, they have obvious applications in computer memory and smart cards. They also have other applications ranging from nonlinear laser communications to microwave applications. Ferroelectric materials derive their amazing properties from their structure, therefore by studying ferroelectric materials we can probe fundamental properties of materials. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) fund this research.

Piezoelectric research: Piezoelectric materials respond to applied voltages by moving (actuating). They also exhibit the reverse property of producing a voltage in response to an applied force. They have a wide range of applications ranging from microrobotics to outdoor gas grill lighters. We are currently working with NASA-Dryden to apply piezoelectric actuators to morphable wings. This research is funded by NASA and DoD.

Education: While the research results are of value, student training is at least as important. These students will be the future scientists and engineers that our country desperately needs. The research laboratory is one of the best "classrooms". In addition, we bring our research experience into the traditional classroom. An example of this is the electronics teaching system known as NI-ELVIS that we invented and is now commercially produced by the world leader in computer-based instrumentation (National Instruments).

Professor Usher's Website: http://physics.csusb.edu/~tusher/
E-Mail: tusher *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-5410
Office: PS-113


Laura Woodney

Associate Professor

Dr. Woodney studies the physics and chemistry of comets, concentrating on their chemical composition and the clues they provide about the formation of the solar system. Recent activities have included studying cometary jet morphology to draw conclusions about their nuclear composition and investigating whether or not cometary nuclei are heterogeneous collections of ices.

Professor Woodney's Website: http://physics.csusb.edu/~lwoodney/
E-Mail: woodney *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-7593
Office: PS-115


Lecturers


Heather Abushanab

Lecturer

E-Mail: habushan *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-7734
Office: PS-114


Riley Litzenberger

Lecturer

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John McGill

Lecturer

John McGill's Website: http://physics.csusb.edu/~jmcgill/
E-Mail: jmcgill *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-7734
Office: PS-114


Yannick Munyakayanza

Lecturer

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Linh Phan

Lecturer

E-Mail: lphan *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-7734
Office: PS-021


James Sheu

Lecturer/Instructional Support Technician

E-Mail: sheu *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-5404
Office: PS-018


Diana Wall

Lecturer

E-Mail: dwall *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-7734
Office: PS-021


Nick Westberg

Lecturer

E-Mail: westberg *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-7734
Office: PS-024


Staff

Maureen Murphy

Administrative Support Coordinator

E-Mail: mmurphy *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-5397
Office: PS-119


James Sheu

Lecturer/Instructional Support Technician

E-Mail: sheu *at* csusb.edu
Phone: (909) 537-5404
Office: PS-018