Faculty and Staff

Who are we?

The physics faculty is a small but diverse group, dedicated to providing high quality undergraduate education and high-impact experiences.

Meet the faculty

Varun Makhija, Assistant Professor

B.S. Drew University
Ph.D. Kansas State University
Postdoc: University of Ottawa / Canadian National Research Council

Professional Interests: Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics, Chemical Physics

Phone: 540-654-1376

Office: Jepson 464

emailvmakhija@umw.edu

Desmond Villalba, Assistant Professor

B.S. University of North Georgia

M.S. University of Alabama at Birmingham

Ph.D. University of Alabama

Professional Interests: Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology, Green energy

Phone: 540-654-1430

Office: Jepson 463

email: dvillalb@umw.edu

Manula Pathirana, Visiting Assistant Professor

B.S. University of Kelaniya

M.S. Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems, Middle East Technical University

M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia

M.S. Physics, Old Dominion University

Ph.D. Physics, Old Dominion University

Professional Interests: Computational Physics, Energy-efficient circuit design

Phone: 540-654-1207

Office: Jepson 462

email: mpathira@umw.edu

William Alexander

William Alexander, Adjunct Professor

B.S. Bethany College
M.S. Marshall University
Ph.D University of Virginia

email: walexand@umw.edu

Professional Interests: Astronomy Education Research, fiber-optic chemical sensors

Dave Fallest, Adjunct Professor

B.A. Beilot College
M.S., Ph.D North Carolina State University

email: dfallest@umw.edu

Professional Interests: Astrophysics; Soft Condensed Matter/Fluid Dynamics; Coach, U.S. Physics Team

Meet the administration and staff

 Janet A. Asper
Chairperson Department of Chemistry and Physicsjasper@umw.edu
540-654-1143
Jepson 441
angela-andrews Angela Andrews
Laboratory Specialistaandrews@umw.edu
540-654-1529
Jepson 201C
jmurphy Jessica Murphy
Office Managerjconnoll@umw.edu
540-654-1016
Jepson 201A
wwillard Wilma Willard
Office Managerwwillard@umw.edu
540-654-1182
Jepson 201F

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