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President
Term: 2016-2017

Abaz Kryemadhi
Messiah College

akryemadhi [insert @ symbol here] messiah.edu

Education: B.S., University of Tirana, Albania 1996; Diplom Physik, University of Siegen, Germany, 1998 M.S., Indiana University, 2000 Ph.D., Indiana University, 2004
Research Interests: At Indiana his research focused on search for CPT violation with D-mesons and measuring the lifetime of the Lb particle. Abaz continued his work on Lb at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory as a post-doctoral researcher with University of Virginia. In 2006, he joined Messiah College where he teaches Physics. Current research interest include student research projects with cosmic ray detectors, developing new detection techniques for Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays, and Dark Matter searches.
Vice President
Term: 2016-2017

Nicholas Truncale
University of Scranton

nicholas.truncale[insert @ symbol here]scranton.edu

Prof. Nicholas P. Truncale is the undergraduate physics laboratory director for the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering at The University of Scranton. He received a BS and MS in Physics and Education from The University of Scranton. Before joining the Scranton faculty, he was a technical instructor for the Joint Cyber Analysis Course in Pensacola FL, a high school physics and mathematics teacher, and a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin. He teaches Physics, Earth Science, Its Only Rocket Science, Foundations of Physics and Engineering lecture courses, and various technical independent study courses. His research interests include sustainable energy and creating innovative laboratory experiments. He is also the coordinator of the Kane competition, a high school physics event held annually.
Secretary
Term: 2016-2017

Michael R. Gallis
Penn State Schuylkill
570-385-6053
mrg3 [insert @ symbol here] psu.edu

Dr. Michael R. Gallis is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Penn State Schuylkill where he has been teaching since 1990. He received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from Penn State in 1990. His original research interests were in the Dynamics of Quantum Open Systems with applications to Quantum Decoherence and Measurement Theory. His current focus is on developing visual materials for use in Astronomy and Physics Courses, and maintains a YouTube channel for his 3-D animations.
Treasurer
Term: 2016-2018

Sadari Khanna
York College
717-815-1264
skhanna [insert @ symbol here] ycp.edu

Dr. Sardari Khanna is Professor of Physics at York College, Pennsylvania since 1965. He received his Ph.D. from Saugar University, India. His thesis was in the area of Solid State Physics. He has been on the E-Board of the Academic Senate as a Treasurer for the last 32 years. The York College has set up an Academic Senate Scholarship last year in his name to honor him for his long and distinguished service.
High School Representative
Term: 2015-2017

Dave McCachren
Mifflin County High School
717-248-8459
kmccachren [insert @ symbol here] comcast.net

Dave McCachren is a retired high school teacher. He taught physics in the Mifflin County School District from 1973-2013. He received his BS (1973) and Med (1977) in Physics Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been a PTRA Representative since 1995.
Section Representative
Term: 2016-2017

Michael R. Gallis
Penn State Schuylkill
570-385-6053
mrg3 [insert @ symbol here] psu.edu

Dr. Michael R. Gallis is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Penn State Schuylkill where he has been teaching since 1990. He received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from Penn State in 1990. His original research interests were in the Dynamics of Quantum Open Systems with applications to Quantum Decoherence and Measurement Theory. His current focus is on developing visual materials for use in Astronomy and Physics Courses, and maintains a YouTube channel for his 3-D animations.

1954-2016
Two Year College Representative

Greg Dolise
Harrisburg Area Community College

It with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Greg Dolise on 13-August-2016. He was our dear friend and colleague. Greg faithfully served on the executive board from 2006-2016. He held the position of our Two Year College Representative. He was passionate about teaching and generous in sharing his knowledge and skills with others.

Gregory Dolise was an Associate Professor of Physics at Harrisburg Area Community College. He taught astronomy as well as physics courses in traditional and online formats. Greg worked in the aerospace sector, where he specialized in star simulation and space optics. On an early job was with Perkin-Elmer on the Hubble Space Telescope, Greg performed measurements for vibration testing of the secondary mirror, and helped with design and fabrication of the star simulator to test the Optical Control system and Fine Guidance System of HST. Later jobs with Bendix Aerospace involved star simulation for satellite navigation systems.

Web Master
Term: 2016-2018

John Reid
Lock Haven University
570-484-2078
jreid [insert @ symbol here] lhup.edu

Dr. John D. Reid has been a Professor of Physics at Lock Haven University since 1997. From 1981-1985 he worked for 4 years at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., in Sunnyvale, CA, as a Satellite Operations Engineer. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental High Energy Physics from Penn State in 1993. Before teaching at Lock Haven, he did his graduate work on Charmonium Spectroscopy at Fermilab, and postdoctoral work with Penn State and Vanderbilt University on Strange Quark Matter at Brookhaven Lab.
Past President
Term: 2016-2017

Mehmet Goksu
Milersville University
phone: 717 872-3770
Mehmet.Goksu [insert @ symbol here] millersville.edu

Dr. Mehmet Goksu is an Associate Professor of Physics at Millersville University of Pennsylvania since August 2007. He received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 2002. He taught several Physics courses at Truman State University for three years as an assistant professor before he joined the faculty at Millersville. He is a condensed matter experimentalist with extensive experience in low temperature physics. His research interests include quantum computing, Edgemagnetoplasmons, projects on physics education, and renewable energy. He has a strong interest in sustainability and energy related issues are his passion. He has supervised several successful senior projects on renewable energy since he joined the department.