Faculty timeline

Current Faculty

L. DeGroot, C. Leary, S. Lehman, N. Manz (chair), M. Nieberding

Laura DeGroot, Assistant Professor of Physics, BS at Michigan State University in 2009; MS, PhD at University of California in 2011, 2015. Galaxy morphology.


Cody Leary, Associate Professor of Physics. BS at University of Puget Sound in 2003; MS, PhD at University of Oregon in 2004, 2010. Experimental quantum optics.


Susan Lehman, Victor J. Andrew Professor of Physics. BA at Goshen College in 1993; MS, PhD at University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in 1996, 1999. Experimental condensed matter, nanostructures, and optoelectronics.


Niklas Manz, Associate Professor of Physics. BS, MS at Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina at Braunschweig, Germany, 1991, 1997; PhD at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany, 2002. Pattern formation and nonlinear phenomena.


Megan Nieberding, Assistant Professor of Physics. BS at University of Arizona in 2015; MS, PhD at Ohio State University in 2019, 2022. Physics Education Research.

Emeritus Faculty

John Lindner, Professor of Physics, The Moore Professor of Astronomy. BS at University of Vermont 1978-1982; PhD at California Institute of Technology 1982-1988. Nonlinear dynamics, celestial mechanics, neural networks.

Shila Garg, The William F. Harn Professor of Physics, Emeritus. BS at University of Madras (India) in 1970; MS at University of Sussex (Great Britain) in 1972; PhD at University of Kent at Canterbury (Great Britain) in 1975. Static and dynamic instabilities in liquid crystals, nonlinear flow effects in liquid crystals.

Don Jacobs, Victor J. Andrew Professor of Physics, Emeritus. BA, MA at University of South Florida in 1971, 1972; PhD at University of Colorado in 1976. Experimental investigations into critical solution points in binary liquid mixtures, polymer-solvent systems, and self-organized criticality.

Former Faculty
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