Department chair: Lyle Lichty  |  Contact info


Kara Beauchamp, Professor of Physics, teaches Astronomy, introductory mechanics, Modern Physics, and upper level Electricity and Magnetism. Her collaborative research with students and other Cornell physics faculty involves the fabrication and analysis of dye-sensitized organic solar cells. She also collects and studies wind speed data to determine local viability of wind energy production. She served on the board of the Iowa Renewable Energy Association from 2001-2008, and as the president of the board from 2005-2008. Ph.D., University of Minnesota; B.A., Carleton College

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Kara Beauchamp

Lyle Lichty, Professor of Physics, teaches introductory courses, as well as Electronics, Intro to Quantum Mechanics, and the non-majors courses Astronomy and Acoustics, Music, and Audio Systems. He collaborates with physics faculty and students during summer research on dye-sensitized organic solar cells. He also coordinates Cornell's 3-2 pre-engineering program in conjunction with the University of Minnesota. Ph.D., Iowa State University; B.A., Oberlin College  

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Lyle Lichty

Derin Sherman, Professor of Physics, teaches courses on wave phenomenon, Lagrangian mechanics, and Advanced Experimental Physics, in which students spend a block designing, building, and conducting independent research projects. He also teaches the non-majors courses Science through Film and Fiction and Conceptual Physics.  His research activities include a collaboration with the other members of the Cornell physics department and physics students investigating organic photovoltaics. Ph.D. and B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

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Derin Sherman

Harlan (Cot) Graber, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Richard JacobProfessor Emeritus of Physics


Carol Brokel, Faculty Secretary, has served Cornell for more than 40 years

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Carol Brokel