New Physics Course helps students learn about research opportunities and support systems
Department Chair Dr. Monika Kress and Physics Club Students welcome our new majors
to the Department of Physics and Astronomy with a new course, "Invitation to Physics
and Astronomy."Students learn about our student research opportunities and support
systems. Building a welcoming and inclusive physics community is a priority for students
and faculty alike.
Dr. Peter Beyersdorf Wins 2018 Outstanding Professor Award
The Outstanding Professor Award recognizes a faculty member for overall excellence
in academic assignment. This year’s winner comes from the College of Science. Congratulations!
Read more here. Photo credit: David Schmitz.
3D Printing for the Visually Impaired
Thomas Madura, in collaboration with Gavilan STEM intern Oscar Lopez, presented at
the 2017 Gavilan College STEM Symposium. They designed and developed 3-D printed astronomy
models for the visually impaired. Read more here. Photo credit: Jan Janes, Gavilan College.
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
Dr. Monika Kress is our Department Chair
Dr. Michael Kaufman is the Dean of the College of Science.
Message from the Department Chair Regarding Online for Fall 2020
The Department of Physics and Astronomy will be offering all of our courses 100% online
throughout Fall 2020, regardless of whether social-distancing rules are eased by August.
We will provide a supportive online environment in which our students can meet the
learning goals in all of their courses, including all labs and lectures.
Our BS, BA, and MS Physics graduates go on to rewarding careers in the tech and data
sectors of the Silicon Valley and beyond. Our graduates are also well prepared to
pursue graduate work in physics, astronomy, engineering, and other areas of physical
sciences. Our small class sizes provide physics majors with close mentorship by world-class
faculty in well-appointed teaching laboratories. There are many opportunities for
students to engage in research. Come join our team!
Physics Professor Khatami Publishes Latest Groundbreaking Research in ‘Science’
Dr. Romanowsky discusses the July 2018 lunar eclipse and the line-up of Mars, Jupiter,
Venus, and Saturn in the evening sky.
Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dr. Thomas Madura is a co-author on a new study
published in Nature Astronomy: NASA's NuSTAR Mission Proves Superstar Eta Carinae
Shoots Cosmic Rays
Dr. Khatami is featured in Physics Girl!