Warren Rogers, Blanchard Chair and Professor of Physics, B.S. Physics from Harvey Mudd College, Ph.D. in physics, University of Rochester, NY, and post-doctoral research associate at University of Washington. I joined the IWU physics department in Fall 2016, having taught most recently at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.
I have worked with numerous students in research over the years, many of whom are co-authors on our group’s research publications. I conduct research in the areas of experimental nuclear physics and cosmic muon physics. I am a co-founding member of the Modular Neutron Array (MoNA) Collaboration centered at Michigan State University, made up of physicists from 11 primarily undergraduate institutions and Michigan State University. We conduct our accelerator-based research at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at MSU, investigating the properties of exotic neutron-rich nuclei using an accelerator-based technique called Invariant Mass Spectroscopy. We have also recently conducted an experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to measure the scattering characteristics of neutrons in plastic scintillator for comparison with simulation. See our research group webpage for more details.
A few more things about me … I am a lover of music and play classical piano regularly. I’ve developed a course on the topic of the Physics of Music, which brings together two areas of deep interest for me. I’ve written an unpublished textbook for the course, and have recently developed a laboratory sequence of experiments and measurements designed to deepen understanding of the fundamental concepts in this wonderful topic.
Some of the professional honors I’ve been privileged to receive include:
- 2006: Fellow, American Physical Society Fellow
- 2009: Distinguished Service Award from the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Nuclear Physics
- 2018 I received the Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution.