Ph.D., Astronomy, New Mexico St. U., Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S.A., 1990
B.S., Physics, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, U.S.A., 1985
2014 - present Chair, Department of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas2009 - present University Professor of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas1996 - present Supervisor, PSU/Greenbush Astrophysical Observatory2013 - 2014 Interim Chair, Department of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas2010 - 2013 Asst. Chair, Departments of Mathematics and Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas2002 - 2009 Professor of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas1995 – 2002 Associate Professor of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas1995 – 2000 Adjunct Professor of Astronomy, New Mexico State University1990 – 1995 Assistant Professor of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas
PHYS 130 Elementary Physics Lab IPHYS 500 Mathematical PhysicsPHYS 575 Introductory AstrophysicsPHYS 775 Advanced Astrophysics
PHYS 130 Elementary Physics Lab IPHYS 510 Analytical Mechanics IPHYS 810 Classical MechanicsPHYS 891 Research Project
Acousto-Optic Imaging and Spectrometry
I am currently involved in a project with Dr. Nancy Chanover (New Mexico State University Astronomy) and Dr. David Voelz (New Mexico State University Electrical Engineering). We are using both visible-near IR and mid-IR acousto-optic tunable filters along with appropriate imaging arrays to map the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn.
Recently, we finished integrating an AOTF spectrometer with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer at Goddard Spaceflight Center. I developed the control software for the spectrometer. The whole system is designed to analyze rock minerals, with the hope of further funding to land on the surface of Mars. Currently, we are testing and calibrating the instrument with standard rock samples in the laboratory at GSFC.
Using telescopes at the PSU/Greenbush Astrophysical Observatory, undergraduate physics students are helping me find and track recently discovered asteroids for follow-up observations. These observations include both astrometric and photometric information.
I have constructed two low-light intensity, all-weather video cameras combined with tracking software that obtains videos of meteors. The cameras are placed to obtained height information and hopefully will be used for science as well as science education.
American Astronomical Society (AAS)Division for Planetary Science of the AAS (DPS)American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)