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Prof. Andres Larraza

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Prof. Dick Harkins

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Prof. Kevin B. Smith

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833 Dyer Road
Monterey, CA 93943-5216
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Steven R. Baker: Associate Professor of Physics, PhD. UCLA 1985

Dr. Baker joined the faculty of NPS in 1985.  His research has focused on sonar transducer performance monitoring and modeling, 

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Joe Blau: Research Associate Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, 2002

Dr. Blau joined NPS in 1989. His research interest is computer simulations of Free Electron Lasers.

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Brett Borden: Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 1986

Dr. Borden joined the faculty of NPS in 2002, after 22 years as a Research Physicist at The Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, CA.

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Ronald E. Brown: Research Professor of Physics Ph.D. Chemistry, USC, 1972

Dr. Brown joined the NPS faculty in 2002, after 40 years of work in industry.  His work has specialized in modeling explosive detonation processes, shaped charge jet formation, and high velocity impact phenomena.

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Keith Cohn: Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Mathematical Education.

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Bill Colson: Distinguished Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Physics, Stanford University, 1977

Dr. Colson joined NPS in 1989. His research is centered on the theory and simulation of free-electron lasers.

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Peter Crooker: Senior Lecturer of Physics, Ph.D. Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, 1967

Dr.Crooker joined the NPS faculty in 2002, after a 30 year tenure at the University of Hawaii, where he was a Professor of Physics.

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Scott Davis: Associate Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Physics, Purdue, 1976

Dr. Davis joined the faculty of NPS in 1989. His research interests include: atomic, molecular and optical physics; fundamental spectroscopy; ultraviolet imaging spectroscopy; infrared astrophysics.

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Bruce C. Denardo: Associate Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Physics, UCLA, 1990

Dr. Denardo joined the faculty of NPS in 1998.  His research interests include  acoustics, nonlinear waves, fluid dynamics, and educational physics.

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Dragoslav Grbovic: Assistant Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Physics, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Dr. Dragoslav Grbovic joined NPS faculty in 2010. His research interests are microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for sensing and energy harvesting applications.

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Nancy M. Haegel: Distinguished Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Material Science, UC, Berkeley, 1985

Professor Haegel joined the faculty of NPS in 2003. She served previously on the faculties of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at UCLA....

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Richard M. Harkins: Associate Chair of Academics and Administration, M.S. Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, 1988

Senior Lecturer Harkins joined the faculty of NPS in 2000 after a career as a Surface Warfare officer in the US Navy.

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Joseph P. Hooper (Vita): Assistant Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Physics, Tulane University, 2006

Dr. Hooper joined NPS in 2011, following five years as a Research Physicist for the Navy at NSWC Indian Head.

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Daphne Kapolka, LCDR, USN (ret) (Vita): Senior Lecturer of Physics, Academic Associate for Undersea Warfare, Ph.D. Applied Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, 1997

Dr. Kapolka joined the NPS faculty in 2000.  Prior to joining NPS, Prof. Kapolka served as an Assistant Program Manager for Fixed Surveillance Systems...

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Gamani Karunasiri: Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Physics, U. of Pittsburgh, 1984

Dr. Karunasiri joined the faculty of NPS in 2000.  He conducts research in multicolor infrared detectors, uncooled infrared sensors, and semiconductor sensors which mimic biological vision systems.

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Fred A. Kruse: Research Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Geology, Colorado School of Mines, 1987

Dr. Kruse joined the NPS faculty in 2009. He has been involved in multispectral, hyperspectral (HSI), and synthetic aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing research and applications for over 28 years in positions with the U. S. Geological Survey...

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Andres Larraza: Physics Department Chair, Ph.D. Physics, UCLA, 1987

Dr. Larraza joined the faculty of NPS in 1994.  His research interests include  wave turbulence, nonlinear acoustics and optics, acoustic analogs to electromagnetic zero-point field effects...

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James Luscombe: Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Physics, University of Chicago, 1983.

Dr. Luscombe joined the faculty of NPS in 1994. He is active in theoretical condensed matter physics research, with more than 60 journal articles published and more than 100 conference presentations made.

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Richard C. Olsen: Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Physics, UC San Diego, 1980

Dr. Olsen joined the faculty of NPS in 1987. His research interests include: remote sensing, primarily with national technical means (NTM); spectral imagery, from UV to LWIR, and high-spatial resolution commercial systems.

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Sebastian Osswald: Assistant Professor of Physics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Ph.D. Physics and Materials Science & Engineering, Drexel University and Technische Universität Ilmenau (Germany), 2008

Dr. Sebastian Osswald joined NPS in 2010. He is highly experienced with the synthesis and characterization of a wide range of nanomaterials and has extensively studied their chemical and physical properties.

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Jonathan Phillips: Research Professor of Physics, Ph.D, Materials Science, U. Wisconsin-Madison 1981

Dr. Phillips joined NPS in 2012. He has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Madison Wisconsin.  He completed his post doc work at Technion, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Haifa, Israel 1982.

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Joseph A. Rice: Research Professor of Physics, M.S.E.E. Applied Ocean Science, UCSD, 1990

Prof. Rice has been a US Navy research engineer at SSC since 1981, developing digital signal processing and numerical modeling concepts for solving undersea acoustics problems.

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Craig F. Smith: Research Professor of Physics, Ph.D. Nuclear Science and Engineering, UCLA, 1975

Dr. Smith is the Lawrence Livermore Chair Professor at NPS. His research interests include nuclear energy, non-proiliferation and counterterrorism technologies.

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Kevin B. Smith: Associate Chair of Research, Ph.D. Applied Marine Physics, U. of Miami, 1991

Dr. Smith joined the faculty of NPS in 1995. His research interests include all aspects of underwater acoustic propagation and propagation in littoral...

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Richard Swent: Research Associate Professor of Physics

Dr. Swent joined NPS in 2009. He has a B.A. in Physics from Occidental College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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Christopher G. Smithtro, Colonel, USAF, Associate Dean of GSEAS, Ph.D., Utah State University, 2004.

  

David Trask, Colonel USAF (ret): Profressor of the Practices of MASINT, M.S. Aeronautical Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2001

 

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