The faculty of the department of Physics and Engineering span an impressive range of disciplines and interests from civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering to optics, astrophysics and cosmology, from atmospheric physics and hydrology to alternative energy and sustainable engineering technologies.

Dr. Christie Chatterley
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise

  • Water Quality Analysis and Treatment
  • On-Site Water and Sanitation for Low-Income Country Applications
  • Contextual Factor Influence on Technology Uptake
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Interventions

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado - Boulder, 2013
  • M.S., Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado - Boulder, 2009
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Idaho State University, 2003

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Dr. Jerry Crawford
Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise:

  • Cryogenics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Optics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Waves and sounds

Education:

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Oregon, 1983
  • M.A., Physics, University of Oregon, 1980
  • B.A., Physics, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1979

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Dr. Charlie Hakes
Senior Lecturer of Physics & Engineering

Expertise

  • Physics
  • Electrical Engineering

Education

  • Ph.D., Physics, Rice University, 1990
  • M.A., Physics, Rice University, 1987
  • M.E.E., Electrical Engineering, Rice University, 1983
  • B.A., Physics, Rice University, 1981

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Dr. Jeff Jessing
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise 

  • Solid state physics and electronics 
  • Device physics 
  • Nanosytems and microfabrication 
  • Microsensors and actuators 

Education 

  • B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1992 
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1994 
  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1998 

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Dr. Devin Leahy
Associate Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise:

  • Finite element analysis

  • Joint biomechanics and implant design

  • Helmet testing

  • Car, motorcycle, and airplane design

  • Lightweight structure optimization

  • Advanced composite material development

  • CNC prototyping 

Education:

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2012 
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2004 

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Dr. Yiyan Li
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise

  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Embedded Systems/FPGAs
  • Robots
  • Microfluidics/Digital Microfluidics

Education

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2016
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Chongqing University, 2012
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Henan University of Science and Technology, 2009

 

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Dr. Don May
Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise:

  • Civil design
  • International development – water and sanitation
  • Water supply systems in the developing world​
  • Open channel flow
  • Surface water hydrology
  • Water supply adequacy

Education:

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 1993
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 1982
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 1978

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Dr. William Nollet
Associate Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise:

  • Chemical & Exotic Rocket Propulsion

  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics

  • Space Physics

Education:

  • Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013 
  • M.S., Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011 
  • B.S., Space Physics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2009 

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Dr. Randy Palmer
Lecturer of Physics & Engineering

Expertise

  • Geophysics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Physics

Education

  • Ph.D., Geophysics, University of Oregon, 1997
  • M.S., Physics, University of Oregon, 1989
  • B.S., Physics, Fort Lewis College, 1987

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Dr. Ryan Smith
Associate Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise:

  • Robotics
  • Autonomous underwater vehicles
  • Control and planning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Single and multi-robot systems
  • Geometric control theory
  • Ocean modeling

Education:

  • Ph.D., Ocean and Resources Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008
  • M.A., Mathematics, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2002
  • B.S., Mathematics and Engineering Physics, Miami University, 1998

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Dr. Laurie Williams
Chair and Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise:

  • Energy applications, including alternative energy systems
  • Village Aid Project – meeting basic needs in the developing world
  • Methane emissions
  • Technologies for the developing world

Education:

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2001
  • M.S., Environmental Policy and Management, University of Denver, 1997
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 1983

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Dr. Andrew Young
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise

  • Structural mechanics
  • Inflatable structures
  • Numerical methods in engineering
  • Performance of composite materials

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine, 2017
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine, 2013
  • B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine, 2011

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Adjunct faculty

William Atkins
Visiting Instructor of Physics & Engineering
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Chuck Carson
Adjunct Instructor of Physics & Engineering 
907-259-2699
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Joanna Gordon-Casey
Visiting Instructor of Physics & Engineering
970-247-7514
2753 Sitter Family Hall
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Matthew Klema
Visiting Instructor of Physics & Engineering
970-247-7663
2758 Sitter Family Hall
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Staff

Jaimee McCullough
PREM Grant Coordinator
Sitter Family Hall, RM 2755A
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Barbara Rosten Barbara Rosten
Office Manager
970-247-7446
  Gabriel Sylvester
Laboratory Coordinator
Berndt Hall, RM 671
970-247-6335
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  Jason Wagner
Machine Shop Coordinator
Berndt Hall, RM 634
970-247-6490
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Emeritus Faculty

RYAN HAALAND, Emeritus
Professor of Physics and Engineering (2006 - 2019)

B.A., Physics and Math, Concordia College, 1985 
M.S. Space Physics, University of California Los Angeles, 1990 
Ph.D., Physics, University of Oxford, 1999

MARTHA IVERSON, Emeritus
Professor of Physics and Engineering (1992 - 2005)

B.S., Physics, University of Colorado, 1971
Ph.D. Physics, University of Colorado, 1976

TOM D. NORTON, Emeritus
Professor of Physics and Engineering (1973-2003)

B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1966
M.S., Physics, University of Oklahoma, 1967
Ph.D., Physics, University of Oklahoma, 1972

CARLA WILLIAMS, Emeritus
Professor of Engineering (1984-2002)

B.S.S.E., John Brown University, 1969
M.A., University of New Mexico, 1973
Ph.D., Computer Engineering., University of New Mexico, 1991

JAMES M. COSTELLO, Emeritus
Professor of Physics (1985-2000)

B.A., Doane College, 1959
M.S., University of Nebraska, 1963
Ph.D., Physics, University of Nebraska, 1967