Faculty & Staff

headshot of Dr. Matt L. Trawick
Associate Professor of Physics
Chair, Department of Physics

Specialties:
  • Condensed matter physics and materials science
  • Polymer materials and self assembly
  • Black silicon
  • Nanotechnology and microscopy
Contact:
(804) 289-8253
headshot of Mr. Matthew  Belk
Laboratory Manager
Contact:
804-289-8963
headshot of Dr. Emory (Ted) F. Bunn
Professor of Physics
E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts

Specialties:
  • Big Bang cosmology (theory and data analysis)
Contact:
(804) 287-6486
headshot of Dr. Gerard P. Gilfoyle
Professor of Physics
Robert Edward and Lena Frazer Loving Chair of Physics

Specialties:
  • Electro-nuclear physics
  • Computational methods
  • Nuclear non-proliferation and science policy
  • Active learning strategies in introductory and advanced physics courses
Contact:
(804) 289-8255
headshot of Dr. Christine C. Helms
Associate Professor of Physics
Pre-Engineering Advisor

Specialties:
  • Biophysics
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Nanomechanics
Contact:
(804) 289-8256
Teaching Faculty of Physics

Specialties:
  • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
  • Geometric-Phase Oscillations
Contact:
(804) 662-3021
headshot of Dr. Ovidiu  Lipan
Associate Professor of Physics

Specialties:
  • Discrete systems in Mathematical Physics
  • Nonlinear models
  • Stochastic processes
Contact:
(804) 287-6670
headshot of Dr. Mariama  Rebello de Sousa Dias
Associate Professor of Physics

Specialties:
  • Electronic transport
  • Nanophotonics
  • Plasmonics
  • Design of optical-electro nanostructures
  • Optical properties of metallic and semiconductor nanostructures
  • Structure and electronic properties of semiconductor nanowires, quantum dots, hetrojunctions, and superlattices
Contact:
(804) 662-3147
headshot of Dr. Jack  Singal
Associate Professor of Physics

Specialties:
  • Multiwavelength astrophysics analysis
  • Data challenges in large survey astrophysics
  • Studies of the diffuse radio background
  • Instrumentation methods in visible and radio wavelengths
Contact:
(804) 287-6537
headshot of  Susan  Wolski
Academic Administrative Manager
Contact:
(804) 289-8529