Faculty

Dr. Joseph Kozminski
Professor, Department Chair
(815) 836-5393
kozminjo@lewisu.edu

Education:
Ph.D. in Experimental High Energy Physics, Michigan State University
M.S. in Physics, Michigan State University
B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests:
  • High Energy Physics
    • Collaborator on Mu2e experiment at Fermilab
    • Simulation work for future Muon Collider
    • Former collaborator on the D-Zero experiment at Fermilab
  • Materials for Detector Development
  • Physics and Astronomy Pedagogy
Professional Positions:
  • Principle Investigator, NSF S-STEM Grant #1458353
  • Meetings Committee and Committee on Laboratories member, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
  • Executive Committee, AAPT Undergraduate Curriculum Task Force
  • Section Representative to National AAPT, Chicago Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (CSAAPT)
  • Chair, Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) Physics Division


Dr. Philip Chumbley
Assistant Professor
Director, Lewis University Center for Scientific Innovation

(815) 836-5787
chumblph@lewisu.edu

Education:
Ph.D.  in Solid State Physics, University of Missouri
M.S. in Solid State Physics, University of Missouri
B.S. in Engineering Physics, University of Illinois

Research Interests:
  • Thermodynamics
  • Lasers


Dr. Chuck Crowder
Associate Professor
(815) 836-5599
crowdech@lewisu.edu

Education:
Ph.D. in Solid State Physics, University of Missouri
M.S. in Physics, University of Missouri
B.S. in Physics, University of Missouri

Research Interests:
  • Lasers and Fiber Optics
  • Optical Telecommunication Systems


Dr. Ryan J. Hooper
Assistant Professor
(815) 836-5560
hooperry@lewisu.edu

Education:
Ph.D. in Experimental High Energy Physics, University of Notre Dame
M.S. in Physics, University of Notre Dame
B.S. in Physics, Michigan State University

Research Interests:
  • High Energy Physics
    • Collaborator on the D-Zero Experiment at Fermilab
  • Physics Pedagogy
  • Caterpillar Diesel Engines
Professional Positions:
  • Faculty advisor for the Lewis University Chapters of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma


Dr. John Parker
Assistant Professor 
(815) 836-5892
parkerjo@lewisu.edu 

Education: 
Ph.D. in Physics, Purdue University
M.S. in Physics, Purdue University
B.S.  in Physics Northeastern Illinois University

Research Interests:
  • Nanomaterial synthesis and characterization
  • Entrepreneurial Development of Technology Commercialization


Dr. Leonard Weisenthal
Emeritus Professor
weisenle@lewisu.edu

Education:
Ph.D. in Theoretical Solid State Physics, Wayne State University
B.A. in Physics, Wayne State University

Research Interests:
  • Computational Physics and Modeling
  • Aviation Physics