Stephen Van Hook
Dr. Stephen J. Van Hook is Lecturer in physics at Penn State
University Park. He received his M.A. in physics from the University
of California at Berkeley, and his PhD in physics from the University
of Texas at Austin, where he worked in the Center for Nonlinear
Dynamics. His current research interest is in Physics Education
Research at both the K-12 and University level and he is the co-
Director of the K-3 Research-based Inquiry Physics Experience (RIPE)
project. He taught at Georgetown University and Bowling Green State
University before coming to Penn State in 2007.
phone: 717 872-3770
Dr. Mehmet Goksu is an Assistant 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.
Secretary: To Be Dtermined
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.
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Mifflin County High School
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Dave McCachren has been teaching physics in the Mifflin County School District
since 1973; currently at Mifflin County High School. He received his BS (1973) and
Med (1977) in Physics Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He has been a PTRA Representative since 1995.
Dr. Lynn K. Aldrich is an Associate Professor of Physics at Misericordia University and has
been teaching physics there since 1988. She
received her Ed.D. in Science Education from
Temple University and her M.S. in Physics
from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Her research interests include topics in
Physics Education such as self-efficacy
in pre-service elementary teachers of science
and service learning in introductory
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Harrisburg Area Community College
Gregory Dolise is an Associate Professor of Physics at Harrisburg Area Community College.
He teaches astronomy as well as physics courses in traditional and online formats.
Greg has worked in the aerospace sector,
where he specialized in star simulation and space optics.
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. Greg has written test
banks for astronomy and physics texts and is currently involved in a project for
teacher certification exams.
Lock Haven University
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.
Michael R. Gallis
Penn State Schuylkill
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.