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Physics Department

Location: 180-204
Phone: (805) 756-2448
Fax: (805) 756-2435
Chair: Karl Saunders

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The Physics Department office is located in building 180, room 204. (map)

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Physics Department
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0404
Phone: 805–756-2448
Fax: 805–756–2435

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Department Staff

Name Title phone Email Office
Saunders, Karl

Professor, Physics, 

Department Chair

805-756-2447 180-204B
Coulombe, Kevin Instructional Support Technician, Physics 805-756-2449

Hushing-Kline, Mikele Administrative Support Coordinator 805-756-1752

Wardrop, Michelle Administrative Support Assistant 805-619-5106

Soderberg, Steve Instructional Support Technician, Physics 805-756-6250 180-640A
Thompson, Kevin Instructional Support Technician, Physics 805-756-6251 180-271A

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Current Full-Time Faculty

Name Title phone Email Office

Beekman, Matt

Assistant Professor, Physics 805-756-7129 180-511
Bennert, Vardha N. Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-7317 180-622
Bensky, Tom Professor, Physics
Department Scheduler
805-756-7655 180-616
Christiansen, Jodi Professor, Physics 805-756-2778 180-617
Culbreath, Christopher Full-Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-1613 180-111
Demsetz, Elizabeth Senior Lecturer, Physics 805-756-7334 26M-107
Echols, Robert

Professor, Physics

805-756-7649 180-606
Echols, Sean Senior Lecturer, Physics 805-756-1692 25-200
Edwards, Louise Assistant Professor, Physics 805-756-7674 180-619
Fernsler, Jon Professor, Physics 805-756-2438 180-522
Fraser, Scott Senior Lecturer, Physics 805-756-2800 25-206
Garcia, Antonio Professor, Geology 805-756-2430 180-607
Gillen, Glen Professor, Physics 805-756-2364 180-612
Gillen, Katharina Professor, Physics 805-756-2199 180-615
Granger, Brian Professor, Physics [On Leave]  
Gutierrez, Thomas D. Professor, Physics 805-756-2455 180-611
Heston, Nathan Full-Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-7658 25-204
Hoellwarth, Chance Professor, Physics
CESaME Director
805-756-1665 25-124
Holtzapple, Robert Professor, Physics 805-756-2602 180-512
Horst, William Full-Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-7650 26M-108
Jacks, Hilary Full-Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-1604 180-111
Jasbinsek, John J. Professor,
Geology & Geophysics
805-756-2013 180-520
Jeffery, Elizabeth Assistant Professor, Physics 805-756-2019 180-604
Johnston, Scott Professor, Geology 805-756-1650 180-521
Keim, Nathan Assistant Professor, Physics [On Leave]  
Klay, Jennifer Professor, Physics 805-756-1250 180-620
Kogan, Oleg Full-Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-2473 180-274
Kuriabova, Tatiana Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-1664 180-519
Leyton, Michael Full-Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-1635 180-111
Lu, Lei Full-Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-1612 180-111
Marlow, Colleen Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-2065 180-508
Mastoridis, Themis Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-2197 180-609
Mewes, Matt Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-2881 180-510

Miller, Chad

Full-time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-2029 180-111

Mitchell, David

Professor, Physics 805-756-5290 180-614
Moelter, Matt Professor, Physics 805-756-2656 180-605

Rios, Laura

Assistant Professor, Physics 805-756-2458 180-610
Sanchez, Alfredo Full-Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-1610 180-111
Schwartz, Pete Professor, Physics 805-756-1220 180-608
Sharpe, John Professor, Physics 805-756-2069 180-621

Shlaer, Ben

Full-time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-1663 180-111
Sungar, Nilgun Professor, Physics 805-756-2851 180-618
Vokos, Stamatis

Professor, Physics

STAR Director

805-756-2306 25-127
Walter, Ryan Associate Professor 805-756-1357 180-509
Wissel, Stephanie Assistant Professor, Physics [On Leave]  

Part-Time Faculty

Field, Bob

Research Scholar-in-Residence 180-642
Wang, Xiaofeng (Jack)

Part Time Lecturer,




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Emeritus Faculty

Balthaser, Lawrence

Professor Emeritus,

Brown, Nicholas Professor Emeritus, Physics
Brown, Ron Professor Emeritus, Physics
Buffa, Anthony Professor Emeritus, Physics
Cary, Arthur Professor Emeritus, Physics
Chipping, David Professor Emeritus Geology
Dickerson, Robert Professor Emeritus, Physics
Foster, Theodore Professor Emeritus, Physics
Frankel, Richard Professor Emeritus, Physics
Hafemeister, David Professor Emeritus, Physics
Hoffman, Kenneth Professor Emeritus, Physics
Knight, Randy Professor Emeritus, Physics
Mottmann, John Professor Emeritus, Physics
Poling, John Professor Emeritus, Physics
Saenz, Richard A. Professor Emeritus, Physics
Stowe, Keith Professor Emeritus, Physics
Wall, Leonard Professor Emeritus, Physics
Wilson, Walter Professor Emeritus, Physics
Wyngaarden, Willem Van Professor Emeritus, Physics
Zammit, Ron Professor Emeritus, Physics

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