Students Are Inducted Into Physics Honor Society
Congratulations to UTB's inagural members of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. UTB and UTPA physics students were inducted in a ceremony on May 3rd at UTPA's Ccostal Studies Laboratory on South Padre Island. Click here for more information.
Formal Presentation of Experimental Labs
The Optics and Nanophotonics Laboratory and the Advanced Nanoscience Laboratory have transformed the physics research that takes place at the University of Texas at Brownsville. The impact if these facilities was emphasized in a formal public ceremony that took place on April 25th in SETB. The College of Science, Math, and Technology Advisory Board and members of the community toured the labs as part of the ceremony. Click here for more information.
Monday Night Physics Returns with 'Escher Part II: Playing with perception'
Dr. Joe Romano will present the talk “Escher Part II: Playing with perception” at Monday Night Physics, which will take place on April 29, 2013 in BRHB 1.222 at 7:15pm. This is the second of two lectures about mathematics, perception and the art of M.C. Escher. The community is cordially invited to attend. Contact Robert Stone (email@example.com) for more information.
Physics Students Win First Place At Symposium
At the fifteenth annual UTB research symposium, Physics students Francisco Lozano and Jose Puente orally presented on the topic of "Mapping Magnetic Fields in 3D Space Utilizing Commodity Hardware." The students, under the supervision of their faculty mentor, Dr. Cristina Torres, managed to win the top spot in the undergrad division, scoring a big win for the physics department, and further advancing the goals of the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy.
Physics Alum Awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship
One year after receiving his BS in physics from UTB Sergio Cantu was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship will provide Sergio with a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 and $10,500 for tuition and fees. He currently attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but the fellowship will allow him to do his research at any accredited US graduate institution. Click Here to Know more.
Department of Defense Research Grant Awarded to Physics Professors
Dr. Malik Rakmanov and Dr. Volker Quetschke were awarded a $623,860 dollar grant to perform research in collaboration with Dr. Xu of Rice University. The research will focus
on the area of nano-photonics and to study light at the nanoscale for telecommunications and computation. The grant will enable a postdoctoral research assistant and a graduate student at the university to work alongside the professors. The students working on the research will travel to Rice University to fabricate micro toroidal resonators using E-beam lithography instruments. Much of the work will occur in the university's Optics and Nanophotonics Lab in the Science, Engineering and Technology Building at The University of Texas at Brownsville.
Our department is always encouraging research, said Dr. Soma Mukherjee, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The more we expand into newer areas the more opportunities it opens up for our students and for emerging and new kinds of research.
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Graduate Student named Outstanding Female International Student
Congratulations to physics graduate student Liliana Ruiz-Diaz for being named the Outstanding Female International Student by the Office of Global Engagement. She was awarded a plaque and scholarship on March 8 as part of the International Women's Day observance. Liliana was chosen from among 17 women who were nominated by faculty members. More info...
Physics undergraduate students perform impressively in prestigious programming contest
The Physics and Astronomy's team "Prelude" participated in the 2012
International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) which took place
at Baylor University, Waco TX. The team took the stunning 6th place
following Rice and UT Austin and leaving behind more than 50
participating teams which represented all major universities and
colleges in the South Central region of the United States. The team
consisted of three undergraduate students from UTB's Department of
Physics and Astronomy: Ali-Amir Aldan, Satzhan Sitmukhambetov, and
Johnathan Aguilar, who were accompanied to the contest by their coach
Dr. Malik Rakhmanov, Assistant Professor in Physics. The ICPC contest
is universally regarded as one of the most prestigious programming contests
in the world and its winners receive invitation for job interviews at major
high-tech companies, including Google and IBM --- the official sponsor
of the contest.
Dr. Matthew Benacquista publishes Astrophysics book.
Dr. Matthew Benacquista has published a book titled 'An Introduction to the Evolution of Single and Binary Stars'. The publisher is Springer. The book features an introduction to the Evolution of Single and Binary Stars. Concepts of astronomy, stellar structure and atmospheres, single star evolution, binary systems and mass transfer, compact objects, and dynamical systems are covered in the text. The book in targeted at advanced undergraduate students in physics and astronomy.
Monday Physics is Back.
Monday night physics is back for 2013 Comes Join us with Dr. Joseph Romano, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He will deliver a public lecture titled Learning math from the prints of M.C. Escher on January 28 as part of the Monday Night Physics Lecture series. The lecture will take place at 7:00pm in BRHB 1.222. The community is cordially invited to attend. Contact Robert Stone (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Dr. Richard Price named AAAS fellow.
Dr. Richard Price is the first member of the University of Texas, Brownsville faculty to be elected as a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The Department of Physics proudly congratulates Dr. Price for this achievement. More info...
Graduate Student earns award at Texas' American
Physical Society's (TSAPS) Fall 2012 conference
Congratulations to our second year M.S. Physics student, Mkhitar
Hobosyan! His presentation "Self-Assembled Nano-energetic Gas Generators
based on Bi2O3 " has earned him the *Texas Section of American
Physical Society's (TSAPS) award at the Fall 2012 conference.
Mkhitar will be receiving a cash award from the TSAPS in recognition of
his honor. More info...
Graduate Student Jose McKinnon named winner at NASA Research Center Virtual Poster Session
Jose's poster entitled Mapping the Milky Way Galaxy with LISA was the top winner in the Human Exploration and Operations category out of 40 at the NASA University Research Center Virtual Poster Session on November 2. Jose's poster was based on research he has been doing at UTB with Dr. Matt Benacquista, as well as work he did this past summer as an intern at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Read the full story...
Dr. Quetschke awarded U.S. Patent
Dr. Volker Quetschke was awarded patent no
US 8,279,511 B2
, Method and Apparatus for Modulating Light. The patent arose from the research geared towards developing instrumentation for the next generation Gravitational Wave detector Advanced LIGO (aLIGO). The newly developed electro-optical modulators (EOM) can handle more than 200W of continuous laser power with little to no beam degradation. This opens a wide new range of applications not only for scientific research geared towards the study of Gravitational Waves, but also opens the door for applications in other measurement based science fields. Read More...