Meet Our Faculty
Kevin Riggs, PhD
Professor of Physics
Department Chair and Pre-Engineering AdvisorOffice: 204 Sage Hall
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.
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, Riggs can be found engulfed in current events on the web or playing his electric guitar or his banjo. Riggs also enjoys playing guitar in the faculty jazz band, Thin Film Magnetism.
George Glander, PhD
Professor of Physics
Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Office: 108 Sage Hall
Glander's professional interests lie in LEED (low energy electron diffraction), and is actively involved in cutting edge research involving Kikuchi electron diffraction.
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, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physics
Office: 209 Sage Hall
Holley Lynch received her PhD 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.
Ping (Grace) Lu, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor Physics
Office: 206 Sage Hall
Grace Lu received her PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from University of Rhode Island. Grace worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She enjoys teaching physics lecture courses at both introductory and advanced levels.
Grace's research interest is theoretical condensed hard/soft matter physics, computational physics with Monte Carlo methods, molecular-dynamics simulations of ion-surface interactions, theoretical biophysics, experimental biophysics and single-molecule technology.