Meet our faculty...
Our faculty value teaching undergraduate students and have chosen to teach at Stetson so that they may do so.
Kevin Riggs, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
Department Chair & Pre-Engineering Advisor
Dr. Riggs' professional interests are twofold and include the magnetic properties of thin films and also musical acoustics and vibrational holography. He keeps two research labs running as he follows these two paths.
Dr. Riggs teaches a course on acoustics for non-science majors: The Science of Music. For our majors he teaches most of the advanced upper division courses. He is also the advisor for all students interested in pursuing a career in engineering.
When he's not working on physics, Dr. Riggs can be found engulfed in current events on the web or playing his electric guitar or his banjo. Dr. Riggs also enjoys playing guitar in the faculty jazz band, Thin Film Magnetism.
George Glander, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Glander's professional interests lie in LEED (low energy electron diffraction), and is actively involved in cutting edge research involving Kikuchi electron diffraction.
Dr. Glander teaches the introductory series, University Physics, for our majors (PHYS 141/142), and his favorite upper-division course is Thermophysics.
When he's not on campus, Dr. Glander's favorite activity is working on improvements around his house, something which might be described as a practical application of the physics and engineering theories he teaches.
Holley Lynch, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Physics
Holley Lynch received her Ph.D. in Physics from Vanderbilt University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. She enjoys teaching and researching the physics of tissue migration. She finds the mechanics of biological tissues particularly interesting because they are a unique material: not quite a solid or a liquid and self-propelled. In addition, determining the basic mechanics of tissue migration will help inform efforts to engineer organs and to create therapies that deter cancer metastasis. Lynch's research involves both "wet" work with cells and computational work to automate data analysis and compare experimental data with physical models. She looks forward working with students interested in conducting research at the interfaces between biology and physics and between experiment and theory.
Thomas Vogel, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
Dr. Vogel received his Ph.D. from Leipzig University in Germany and has held postdoctoral positions at the Juelich Research Center, the University of Georgia, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Vogel is a computational physicist working in the fields of statistical physics, biologically motivated soft-matter systems, and materials science with emphasis on nanotechnology. A main aspect of his work is the development of cutting-edge simulation algorithms to facilitate his research.
He recently published research on the adsorption of polymers on carbon nanotubes – structures which are promising candidates for next-generation nano-materials with unimagined new behaviors – and on the nano-structure evolution of metallic crystals exposed to radiation of light atoms, a process anticipated to hinder the efficient operation of fusion generators for potential energy production in the future.
As our full-time machinist, it's Larry's responsibility to keep all our equipment in peak condition. He assists at every stage, ranging from the installation of new equipment to the repair of older equipment. He also is instrumental in facilitating projects in the lab when specialized equipment is required. Working with our faculty, he will produce customized pieces as needed to keep a research project going.