Faculty limeline

Current Faculty

R. Bjorkquist, S. Bolton, L. DeGroot, C. Leary, S. Lehman (on leave), N. Manz (chair)


Robin Bjorkquist, Assistant Professor of Physics. BA at Reed College in 2009; MS, PhD at Cornell University in 2015, 2019. Experimental particle physics and accelerator physics.


Sarah Bolton, Professor of Physics and President of The College of Wooster. BS at Brown University in 1988; MS, PhD at University of California (Berkeley) in 1991, 1995. Nonlinear optics.


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.


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.

In the spring of 1987, one of Dr. Russell’s last classes surprised him with the retirement gift of a tree.

Budd Roswell Russell, the emeritus William F. Harn Professor of Physics at The College of Wooster, died Sunday 4 March 2007 in Columbus Ohio at the age of 87. He was born 11 August 1919 in Ridgeville Corners Ohio to the late Floyd O. and Bertha M. Russell. He was a graduate of University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D. in physics. He taught physics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1947-1955 and at The College of Wooster from 1955-1987. In 1945, Dr. Russell was one of 70 Manhattan Project employees who signed the Szilard Petition to the President of the United States. Dr. Russell was survived by his loving wife, Wilma, whom he married 14 July 1951; his four children and their spouses, Neil (Sue) Russell of Wakefield MA, Susan (Bob) Doersam of Columbus, Nancy Russell (Carl Miller) of Columbus, and Ned (Shu San) Russell of Tucson, AZ; and five grandchildren, Neil Swinger, Nicole Russell, Robert Doersam, Eileen Russell and Paul Swinger. Donations were suggested to either the Carter Center or the American Friends Service Committee.

Former Faculty
(> 1 Semester)

Peter Morse (1994-1995)

Russell Kulas (1979-1983)

Tim Pritchett (1991-1992)