Office: SC 143
Dr. Bresser received a B.A. in physics from Thomas More College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from University of Cincinnati. His area of research is solid state physics.
Office: SC 141
Phone: (859) 572-7513
Dr. Cain received a B.S. in physics at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cain continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati and obtained a M.S. and Ph.D. in physics. He began teaching at Northern Kentucky University in 2015, and plans to begin research in the near future.
Office: SC 151
Phone: (859) 572-5492
Dr. De Lee received a B.S. in physics and a B.S. in astronomy at the University of Kansas. Dr. De Lee went on to receive a M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Michigan State University. His research interests are in astronomy, primarily focusing on: variable stars, brown dwarfs, exoplanets, and the structure and formation history of the Milky Way. He is also interested in working on algorithms and tools to explore large data sets.
Office: SC 203B
Dr. Divaratne received a B.S. in physics & mathematics, and an M.S in material science and engineering at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. She then completed an M.S. in physics at Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in physics at Ohio University.
Office: SC 204I
Phone: (859) 572-6549
Dr. Fernando received a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, M.Sc. in physics, M.Sc. in mathematics, and Ph.D. in physics from University of Cincinnati. Dr. Fernando’s research is on general theory of relativity and black hole physics.
Office: FH 595C
Dr. Huber received his B.S. in mathematics and physics from the University of Louisville. He then received his M.S. in physics from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky.
Office: SC 144
Phone: (859) 572-5405
Dr. Ramkumar received a B.S. and M.S. from University of Madurai, India, and the M. Tech. and Ph. D from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. Dr. Ramkumar does research in solid state physics.
Office: SC 114
Dr. Sarkar received a B.S. in Physics at Chennai Mathematical Institute in India, and a Ph.D. in Physics at University of Cincinnati.
Office: SC 142
Dr. Senanayake received her B.S. in physics from University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Wayne State University.
Office: SC 444
Phone: (859) 572-5115
Planetarium Website: nku.edu/planetarium
Christa Speights joined NKU in July 2015. She graduated with an MS in physics from Clemson University, where a majority of her responsibilities as a graduate assistant were in the planetarium, which had been newly outfitted with a Digistar 4 system. She is interested in science outreach, eclipsing binary stars, and star formation. Her future plans for the planetarium include continuing science outreach for a range of different sciences, and starting to use the data visualization capabilities for research purposes.
Office: LA 521
Dr. Xue received a B.S. in Microelectronics at Sichuan University. He then received a M.S. and Ph.D. in physics at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Office: SC 144
Phone: (859) 572-1365
Dr. Zacate received a B.S. from Northeast Missouri State University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Dr. Zacate’s area of research is in computational solid state physics.
Dr. Henry obtained a BS in physics from Duke University, and obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He retired form his work in radiation oncology in 2002, and began teaching at Northern Kentucky University in 2004.
Dr. Henry obtained a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly known as University of Missouri-Rolla), a MS in Physics from Southern Illinois University, and PhD in Physics from the University of Missouri.
Office: FH 595C
Phone: (859) 572-5767
Mr. Thatcher received a B.S. in Physics from Xavier University, and a M.S. in Physics from University of Cincinnati. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in Educational Studies, with a certificate in the Developmental and Learning Sciences, from University of Cincinnati. His primary area of research involves student temperament and it’s relationship to motivation and self-efficacy formation.
Dr. Filaseta received a B.S. in physics from University of Arizona, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Dr. Filaseta is interested in physics education research. He retired from NKU in 2015.
Dr. Hawkins received a B.A. from Greenville College and the Ph.D. from Dartmouth College. Dr. Hawkins is interested in astronomy. He retired from NKU in 2013.
Dr. McNeil received a B.S. from University of Illinois and the Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. His area of research is astronomy. He retired from NKU in 2013.
Dr. McPherson was the first physics faculty member in 1971, at the then NKSC. He served as department Chair as well. He retired from NKU in 1999.
Dr. Vogler received a B.S. and Ph.D. from University of Wyoming. He is interested in solid state physics. He retired from NKU in 2019.
Dr. Wagner was a physics professor at NKU. He retired in July of 1995.
Office: SC 204H
Phone: (859) 572-5309
Jamie Fearon joined NKU in 2017. She graduated with an M.S. in Earth Science from Montana State University where she studied dinosaur paleontology.
Office: SC 129
Phone: (859) 572-7661
Mr. Lehrter joined NKU in 2006. Initially he was the lab manager for the Engineering Technology program, and the Construction Management Department, in charge of the Manufacturing, CAD and Materials labs. Since 2008, he is also the lab manager for the Physics and Geology Department.