Department of Physics & Astronomy

Chair: Joseph Barranco
Associate Chair: Adrienne Cool
Graduate Admissions: Jeff Greensite
Graduate Advisors: Maarten Golterman (Physics), Adrienne Cool (Astronomy)
Undergraduate Major Advisors: Adrienne Cool, Maarten Golterman, Jeff Greensite, Weining Man, AKM Newaz, Huizhong Xu
Advisor for Secondary School Teacher Preparation: Adrienne Cool


Faculty

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Joseph Barranco

Professor
PhD Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
Office: TH 334
Phone: 415-338-2450
E-mail: barranco
Research: Astrophysical & geophysical fluid dynamics.
At SFSU since 2007.


John Brewer

Assistant Professor
PhD Astronomy, Yale University, 2016
Office: TH 527
Phone: 415-338-1697
E-mail: jmbrewer
Research: Exoplanetary science.
At SFSU since 2019.


Zhigang Chen

Professor
PhD Physics, Bryn Mawr College, 1995
Office: TH 526
Phone: 415-338-3876
E-mail: zhigang
Research: Quantum optics & photonics.
At SFSU since 1998.


Kim Coble

Professor
PhD Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 1999
Office: SCI 387
Phone: 415-338-1654
E-mail: kcoble
Research: Physics & astronomy education.
At SFSU since 2016.
ON LEAVE AUG. 2021 - JUL. 2022.


Adrienne Cool

Professor
PhD Astronomy, Harvard University, 1994
Office: TH 416
Phone: 415-338-6450
E-mail: cool
Research: Galactic astronomy - globular clusters & binary stars.
At SFSU since 1996.


Maarten Golterman

Professor
PhD Physics, University of Amsterdam, 1986
Office: TH 525
Phone: 415-405-0903
E-mail: maarten
Research: Theoretical high-energy physics.
At SFSU since 2001.
ON LEAVE AUG. 2021 - JUL. 2022.


Jeff Greensite

Professor
PhD Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1980
Office: TH 304
Phone: 415-338-1600
E-mail: greensit
Research: Theoretical high-energy physics.
At SFSU since 1984.


Weining Man

Professor
PhD Physics, Princeton University, 2005
Office: SCI 386
Phone: 415-338-2731
E-mail: weining
Research: Quantum optics & photonics.
At SFSU since 2008.
ON LEAVE JAN. 2022 - JUL. 2022.


AKM Newaz

Associate Professor
PhD Physics, Stony Brook University, 2006
Office: TH 317
Phone: 415-338-2944
E-mail: akmnewaz
Research: Quantum materials & nanodevices.
At SFSU since 2014.
ON LEAVE AUG. 2021 - DEC. 2021.


Charli Sakari

Assistant Professor
PhD Astronomy, University of Victoria, 2014
Office: TH 532
Phone: 415-338-2072
E-mail: sakaricm
Research: Extragalactic astronomy, near-field cosmology, galactic archaeology.
At SFSU since 2019.


Huizhong Xu

Professor
PhD Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, 2004
Office: TH 316
Phone: 415-338-1602
E-mail: huizhong
Research: Nano-optics & biophysical imaging.
At SFSU since 2016.




Lecturer Faculty


Salma Begum

Lecturer Faculty
PhD Physics, Kent State University, 2018
E-mail: salmab19




Jeanne Digel

Lecturer Faculty
PhD Physics, Northeastern University, 1993
E-mail: digelj




Jessica Fielder

Lecturer Faculty, Supplemental Instruction Program Director
M.S. Physics, San Francisco State University, 2007
E-mail: jfielder




Violeta Grigorescu

Lecturer Faculty
M.S. Physics, San Francisco State University, 2015
E-mail: vgrigore




Arefa Hossain

Lecturer Faculty
M.S. Physics, University of British Columbia, 2005
E-mail: arefa16




Katie Kooistra

Katie Kooistra

Lecturer Faculty
M.S. Physics (Astro), San Francisco State University, 2019
E-mail: kkooistra



Alexandra Liguori

Lecturer Faculty
PhD Physics, University of Trieste, 2010
E-mail: aliguori




Chris McCarthy

Adjunct Assistant Professor
M.S. Physics, San Francisco State University, 1995
PhD Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001
Office: TH 520, Phone: 415-338-1880
E-mail: planets
Research: Exoplanetary science.


Andrew Sturner

Lecturer Faculty
M.S. Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences, U. Colorado, 2015
E-mail: asturner




Elaine Tennant

Lecturer Faculty
PhD Physics, New Mexico State University, 2012
E-mail: et1083




Aaron White

Aaron White

Lecturer Faculty
M.S. Physics (Astro), San Francisco State University, 2019
E-mail: aaronwh




Polin Yadak

Polin Yadak

Lecturer Faculty
M.S. Physics, San Francisco State University, 2010
Ed.D. Learning & Instruction, U. San Francisco, 2020
E-mail: poliny



David Yee

David Yee

Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, City College of San Francisco
M.S. Physics, San Francisco State University, 1990
E-mail: dyee1





Afilliated Faculty


Ron Adler

Staff at Stanford KIPAC
Adjunct Professor at SFSU
PhD Physics, Stanford University, 1965
Research: General relativity


Mary Barsony

Research Scientist at SETI
Adjunct Professor at SFSU
PhD Astronomy, California Institute of Technology
Research: Galactic astronomy, star formation


Debra Fischer

Prof. of Astronomy at Yale U.
Adjunct Professor at SFSU
M.S. Physics, San Francisco State University, 1990
PhD Astronomy, University of California, Santa Cruz
Research: Exoplanetary Science


Ron Marzke

Assoc. Dean of College of Science & Engineering
PhD Astronomy, Harvard University, 1994
Office: TH 323
Phone: 415-338-2955
E-mail: marzke
Research: Extragalactic astronomy.
At SFSU since 2000.




Professors Emeriti


Roger Bland

Professor Emeritus
PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1968
E-mail: bland
Research: Experimental Physics, Underwater Acoustics.
At SFSU since 1979. Emeritus since 2009.


Gerald Fisher

Professor Emeritus






Oliver Johns

Professor Emeritus






Susan Lea

Professor Emerita
PhD Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley, 1974
E-mail: slea
Research: Theoretical astrophysics.
At SFSU since 1980. Emerita since 2019.


Jim Lockhart

Professor Emeritus
PhD, Stanford University, 1976
E-mail: jmlock
Research: Experimental General Relativity
At SFSU since 1983. Emeritus since 2011.


Barbara Neuhauser

Professor Emerita
PhD Physics, Stanford University, 1985
E-mail: barbjn
Research: Solid state physics & cryogenic electronics.
At SFSU since 1986. Emerita since 2021.


Jim Peters

Professor Emeritus






Robert Rogers

Professor Emeritus






Jeffrey Royer

Professor Emeritus






Charles Shapiro

Professor Emeritus








Former Faculty


John Burke

Professor Emeritus
PhD Astronomy, Harvard University, 1971
At SFSU 1972-2006. Emeritus 2006-2019.




Charles Hagar

Professor Emeritus
M.A. Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley, 1960
At SFSU 1959-2004. Emeritus 1994-2013.





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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