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  • William Butler, PhD
    William Butler, PhD
    Science Building, SCI 164
    Phone: 509.359.7417
    Fax: 509.359.6973

    An Alumni of EWU, Dr. Butler received his B.S. in Physics and B.S. in Computer Science in 1998.  Moving to University of Rochester for his PhD he collaborated with the 2017 Nobel Prize winning team at Cal-Tech and MIT to work on Gravitational Wave Detection at the LIGO Hanford site.  After earning his PhD in 2004 he went to work for Intel doing Lithography, Silicon Validation, and Engineering Management before coming to EWU in 2017 to explore sharing his passion for Physics with others.

  • Berenice Emehiser
    Berenice Emehiser
    Science Building, SCI 162
    Phone: 509.359.6958
    Fax: 509.359.6973
  • Brian D. Houser, PhD
    Brian D. Houser, PhD
    Science Building, SCI 152
    Phone: 509.359.7005
    Fax: 509.359.6973

    Dr. Houser's interests include the use of x-ray spectroscopy in the determination of the atomic structures of materials, specifically, crystalline solids under extreme pressures; all aspects of modern medical imaging, such as MRI and CAT scanning; and an interest in the scientific literacy of students in general.

  • Chrysanthos Kyriakides, PhD
    Chrysanthos Kyriakides, PhD
    Science Building, SCI 148
    Phone: 509.359.4123
    Fax: 509.359.6973
  • Robert W. Ruotsalainen, PhD
    Robert W. Ruotsalainen, PhD
    Science Building, SCI 150
    Phone: 509.359.7465
    Fax: 509.359.6973

    Robert Ruotsalainen co-majored in physics and astronomy at the University of Washington, receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in 1974. After earning a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Hawaii in 1982, he joined the Physics Department at Eastern Washington University in the fall of 1983. His instructional emphases include introductory algebra- and calculus-based physics, as well as upper-division courses in quantum and atomic physics, optics and astrophysics. Current research interests include the computational modeling of stellar populations and star formation within irregular galaxies.

  • Achin Sen, PhD
    Achin Sen, PhD
    Science Building, SCI 160
    Phone: 509.359.7469
    Fax: 509.359.6973

    Dr. Sen received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1976, specializing in Theoretical Particle Physics. He came to the Physics Department at Eastern Washington University in 1984. He currently teaches courses on Electromagnetism, Intro to Quantum Physics, Quantum Physics, Atomic Physics, Descriptive Astronomy, and Relativity.

  • David Syphers, PhD
    David Syphers, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Science Building, SCI 158
    Phone: 509.359.6959
    Fax: 509.359.6973
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