Dr. Ehsan Khatami wins 2017 Early Career Investigator Award
The SJSU Research Foundation awards this prize to tenure-track faculty who have excelled
in research at an early point in their careers at SJSU. As a computational condensed
matter physicist, Dr. Khatami uses computer models to simulate the low-temperature
properties of atoms trapped in artificial lattices created by laser beams to better
understand exotic states of matter such as superconductors, superfluids, and quantum
New Acting Chair
Dr. Michael Kaufman is serving as Interim Dean of the College of Science. Dr. Monika
Kress will serve as Acting Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department.
Students attend local Women in Physics conference at UC Santa Cruz.
Attending the 2015 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, SJSU physics students
Beth Johnson, Stephanie Lorelli , Jennifer Vu, and engineering student Franchesca
Owens enjoyed networking, lab tours, and talks on careers in physics.
Aaron Romanowsky Wins 2015 Early Career Investigator Award
The SJSU Research Foundation awards this prize to tenure-track faculty who "have excelled in areas of research..... at an early or beginning point in their careers
at SJSU." Read more about his award here.
The Outstanding Lecturer Award recognizes a lecturer for excellence in teaching effectiveness and service to the
SJSU campus community. This year’s winner comes from the College of Science.
Physics undergraduate conducts research in Hawaii
Richard Vo, now a graduate student at San Francisco State University, conducted astrophysics research at the Keck telescopes at Mauna Kea, Hawaii in spring 2014, with the guidance of
his adviser, Dr. Aaron Romanowsky.
Physics & Astronomy students Angelica-Lorraine Lee, Stephanie Hadley, and Bitha Salimkumar
at the 2016 PHYSCON conference, meeting with Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer
of the the first pulsars
Physics & Astronomy Students Tour Lick Observatory
Students and faculty went to the top of Mt. Hamilton to learn about modern and historical
telescopes. Here they are seen on the catwalk outside the 120" reflector
2012-2013 Outstanding Professor Alejandro Garcia
The Outstanding Professor Award recognizes a faculty member with overall excellence in an academic assignment. This
year’s winner comes from the College of Science.
Fall 2018 Tenure-Track Faculty Positions Available:
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at SJSU prepares students for a variety of
careers in the high-tech sector of the vibrant Silicon Valley and beyond. We also
provide our students with a solid foundation to pursue graduate work in Physics, Astronomy,
Engineering, or other areas of Physical Sciences. Our small class sizes allow us to
give students individual attention and to provide hands-on experience. Because SJSU
is committed to serving the Silicon Valley community, the Department of Physics and
Astronomy can be your launch pad to an exciting career in high tech!