Department Chairs change July 2019

Richard Van Fleet and Grant Hart finished their term as department chair and associate chair, respectively, in June 2019.  Under their leadership, the department saw a growth in the number of mentored of research opportunities, as evidenced by the tremendous increase in number of sessions at the Student Research Conference and students who co-authored journal articles.  We appreciated all their efforts to keep the department running smoothly and encouraging us all to keep progressing.

Our new department chair, Kent Gee, and his associate chairs, Eric Hintz and Scott Bergeson, began their new responsibilities in July 2019.  They are focusing on key priorities that will help the department grow in unity as we continue to enhance opportunities for students.   Some of the new items that will be highlighted in upcoming news stories include a new telescope on top of the ESC, new machining facilities, redesigned department office area, and new collaboration on a major telescope program.

News and Events

Image for Particle Fever at International Cinema
Award winning particle physics documentary screening free of charge at International Cinema January 19, 20, 21 2022
Image for Capturing Images at the New Mexico Observatory
Students and faculty from theBYU Astronomy and Physics department captured images from space at an observatory in New Mexico to research explaining the evolution of the universe.
Image for Dr. Scott Sommerfeldt Awarded an ASA Silver Medal
Dr. Scott Sommerfeldt awarded the Silver Medal of the Acoustical Society of America for work in active noise control
Image for Sabbatical at Cambridge for Dr. Gus Hart
Dr. Hart's sabbatical propels work on new techniques for constructing interatomic potentials
Image for Dr. Richard Sandberg, Brings Ultrafast Optics to Materials Research
Sandberg group studying ultrafast optics to find new materials
Image for Dr. Steve Turley -NSF Program Officer
Dr. Turley influences the future of physics education during his time as program officer for education division of the National Science Foundation
Image for Planetarium Updates
A new and improved planetarium experience
Image for How Physics Students Thrive in a Pandemic
Ways Students have Adapted to the Pandemic
Image for New Professor Dr. Benjamin Boizelle
Dr. Boizelle brings radio astronomy to the department
Image for Dr. Dennis Della Corte launches Consortium of Molecular Design
Dr. Della Corte's computational biophysics is the heart of the new Consortium of Molecular Design