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 2015:  As we transition back into our academic-year mode, fresh air is breezing through the fourth floor of Lewis Lab in the form of two new faculty members who we welcome into our department.

Sera Cremonini joins us from the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics at Texas A&M University. Her research field is String Theory. The excitement for this field in our department is readily apparent, judging by the high enrollment in her new course, “Introduction to String Theory.”

Rosi Reed enriches our department through her research in experimental high-energy physics. She joins us from Wayne State University where she was an Assistant Professor, and a member of the ALICE experiment at the large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland. She studies the properties of a peculiar state of matter, the quark-gluon plasma, which existed for a short time after the big bang and can be recreated in accelerators. Rosi is now a member of the STAR collaboration at Brookhaven National Lab.

Both Sera and Rosi join us as tenure track Assistant Professors, with their active research programs adding to the department's research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

The renewal of the department continues. During this academic year, we have initiated another faculty search. Click for Details

We further welcome a new class of eleven graduate students. Two of them come with fellowships from the University and the Dean, respectively. Most notable to me was our success in strengthening the quality of this cohort by attracting several former participants of our REU program, and students who faced a “two-body problem” (i.e., they came as pairs). We will continue to take an opportunistic approach to the enrollment and assistantship support for pairs of excellent students.

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.

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