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Room 216 SC
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  Department of Physics and Engineering

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Overview and Welcome Message

The mission of the Department of Physics and Engineering is to provide a quality high education and training in physics and engineering to students of diverse background. The students are prepared to achieve professional success and leadership status, opening opportunities to a highly demanding multidisciplinary market.

The Department of Physics and Engineering is also home to the Optical Sciences Center for Applied Research (OSCAR), a major research center specializing in optical sciences and their broad applications. The center houses the Center for Research and Education in the Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA),  an NSF-CREST center, and the Optics for Space Technology and Applied Research (O*STAR) Center funded by NASA MIRO program.  Undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students with keen interest in, among others, optics, lasers, imaging, photonics, and space sciences are invited to apply to our programs with possibility to receive financial support, one-on-one faculty mentoring, training in state-of-the-art technologies, and opportunities for professional development.

We look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to welcome you to our department and university community.



Physics Degree Program:

The program provides students with well-rounded physics education to enable their entry into careers or graduate programs in a broad range of physics fields.  The Physics degree program leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics.

Engineering Physics Degree Program:

The Engineering Physics program is a multidisciplinary program that seeks to train its students with a broad-based foundation in fundamental engineering and physics principles with the depth of disciplinary knowledge needed to succeed in a career in engineering or related fields. Engineering Physics majors can choose from three tracks including:

The Engineering Physics degree program leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics.

PHYSICS/ENGINEERING PHYSICS MINOR: A student who desires a minor in  Engineering physics must complete Physics 201 and 202, and twelve (12) additional hours of physics/Engineering courses with the approval of the department.


MS Applied Optics-Thesis Option

MS Applied Optics-Non-Thesis Option

MS Physics-Thesis Option

MS Physics-Non Thesis Option

PhD Optics



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Faculty Profile


Dr. Essaid Zerrad
Office: SC 241, Lab: SC230
Associate Professors:
Dr. Hacene Boukari
Office: A308, lab:A332, OSCAR Building
Dr. Qi Lu
Office: A211, Lab: A236, OSCAR Building
Dr. Gour S. Pati
Office: A210, Lab: A233, OSCAR Building

Dr. Thomas A. Planchon (faculty research webpage)

Director of the Graduate Program
Office: A312, Lab: A336, OSCAR Building
Dr. Mukti Rana
Office: SC216A, Lab: SC205
Dr. Deborah Santamore
A204, OSCAR Building

Dr. Renu Tripathi
Office: A212, Lab: A234, OSCAR Building

Research  Assistant Professor:
Dr. Yuri Markushin
Office: A106, Lab: A130, OSCAR Building

Assistant Professors:
Dr. M. Amir Khan
Office: A213, Lab: A238, OSCAR Building 
Dr. Sokratis Makrogiannis
Office: A206, OSCAR Building

Dr. Jun Ren
Office: SC204, Lab: SC 225

Director of Imaging Facility:
Dr. M. Amir Khan (Interim)
Office: A213, Lab: A238, OSCAR Building 


Department Assistant 
Mrs. Amal Juracka,
SC 216B

Technical Secretary:
Mrs. Rose Shields
SC 216