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Physics Department

Location: 180-204
Phone: (805) 756-2448
Fax: (805) 756-2435
Chair: Jennifer Klay

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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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Name Title phone Email Office
Klay, Jennifer

Professor, Physics, 

Department Chair

805-756-2447 180-204B
Bowers, Kelcie Administrative Support Coordinator II 805-756-1752 180-204A
Coulombe, Kevin Instructional Support Technician, Physics 805-756-2449

Soderberg, Steve Instructional Support Technician, Physics 805-756-6250 180-640A
Thompson, Kevin Instructional Support Technician, Physics 805-756-6251 180-271A
Wardrop, Michelle Administrative Support Assistant 805-756-2448


 Current Full-Time Faculty

Name Title phone Email Office

Baylam Toker, Isinsu

Assistant Professor, Physics 805-756-6441 180-618
Beekman, Matt Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-7129 181-318
Bennert, Vardha N. Professor, Physics 805-756-7317 180-622
Bensky, Tom (Sabbatical) 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 180-511
Dawoodbhoy, Taha Lecturer, Physics 805-756-0680 180-111
Echols, Robert

Professor, Physics

805-756-7649 180-606
Echols, Sean Senior Lecturer, Physics 805-756-1692 25-200

Edwards, Louise 


Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-7674 180-619
Elbarbary,Ashraf Full Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-0782 180-111
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
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 Assistant Professor, Physics 805-756-1604 180-605
Jasbinsek, John J. Professor,
Geology & Geophysics
805-756-2013 180-520
Jeffery, Elizabeth Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-2019 180-604
Johnston, Scott Professor, Geology 805-756-1650 180-521
Kuriabova, Tatiana Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-1664 180-519
Lu, Lei Full-Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-1612 180-508
Marlow, Colleen Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-2065 181-319
Mastoridis, Themis Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-2197 180-609
Mewes, Matt Associate Professor, Physics 805-756-2881 180-510

Miller, Chad

Lecturer, Physics 805-756-2029 180-111

Mitchell, David

Professor, Physics 805-756-5290 180-614
Moelter, Matt Professor, Physics 805-756-2656 180-616
Monadi, Reza Lecturer, Physics 805-756-0679 180-111
Parajuli, Bishal Lecturer, Physics 805-756-1635 180-111
Powell, Ian Lecturer, Physics 805-756-0659 180-111

Rios, Laura

Assistant Professor, Physics 805-756-2458 180-610
Saunders, Karl Professor, Physics 805-756-1696 26M-107

Schwartz, Pete

Professor, Physics 805-756-1220 180-608
Sharpe, John Professor, Physics 805-756-2069 180-621

Shlaer, Ben

Lecturer, Physics 805-756-1614 180-111
Stair, Nick Lecturer, Physics 805-756-2261 52-E43
Tabatabai, Pasha Assistant Professor, Physics 805-756-2473 180-620
Vokos, Stamatis

Professor, Physics

STAR Director

805-756-2306 25-127
Walter, Ryan Associate Professor 805-756-1357 181-416

Part-Time Faculty


Field, Bob

Research Scholar-in-Residence


Heston, Nathan Ashesi Exchange Program Liaison  
Montakhab, Afshin Part-Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-0678 180-111

Veach, Erik

Part-Time Lecturer, Physics



Wang, Xiaofeng (Jack) Part-Time Lecturer, Physics 805-756-2071


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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
Sungar, Nilgun 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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