A photographic tour of the DepartmentA photographic tour of the DepartmentProfessor John Huennekens with graduate students in Atomic and Molecular LabStudy of close, interacting binary stars. Artist's conception of U CepheiProfessor Dimitrios VavylonisProfessor Ou-Yang and students manipulating cell organelles with laser tweezersProfessor Biaggio works with a graduate student in one of his laser labsProfessor and Chair, Volkmar Dierolf in condensed-matter physics labStudents in engaged in REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) ProgramUndergraduate students in a first-year labStudents view the moon through telescopes in introductory astronomy labLehigh graduate student assists a third-grade student in the construction of an electric motor

Department of Physics at Lehigh University

A Message from the Chair

Lehigh University Physics - Volkmar DierolfFall 2014.  Students are back. In fact, they are back in big numbers, resulting in a record-breaking enrollment for our intro-level courses. Nevertheless, thanks to Gary DeLeo’s organizational skills and additional TA and adjunct funding from the Provost office, we got off to a smooth start. While our REU program was running smoothly during the summer, I had some time to work on department reports. While digging into numbers, I ran across some interesting statistics. Did you know that currently 25% of our undergraduate students, 40% of our graduate students, and 40% of our post-docs are female? These numbers are well above the national averages in Physics. Faculty productivity also went up. Comparing the time period of 2000-2005 for which NRC ranking data had been collected with 2008-2013, I found that the number of publications increased by 60% while the citations of these publications tripled during the same period (from 1,047 to 3,365). We are on our way up!! Finally, I would like to welcome our newest faculty member, Paola Cereghetti, who was appointed Professor of Practice starting this Fall. Paola earned a Ph.D in Physics from ETH in Switzerland, and also holds an M.A. in Chinese studies from University of Pennsylvania. She will mostly teach courses in our intro-level physics series (Phys 5, 10, and 13). Have a great semester!

Volkmar Dierolf

About the Department

Our Department offers programs leading to the B.A. in Astronomy, the B.S. in Astrophysics, and to the B.A., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics, as well as a summer research program for undergraduates.

Research Opportunities are available in the following areas...

The Department of Physics is housed in the Sherman Fairchild Center for the Physical Sciences, containing Lewis Laboratory, the Sherman Fairchild Laboratory for Solid State Studies, and a large connecting research wing.

Lehigh University Physics - Sherman Fairchild Center for the Physical Sciences