Research scientists focused on teaching.

Physics and astronomy professors are intensely involved in every facet of education, from the classroom and laboratory to individual research and advising.

The physics and astronomy faculty at Valparaiso University has expertise in fields including:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Computational Condensed Matter
  • Nanoscience
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Particle Physics
  • X-ray and Neutron Scattering

All teaching faculty members conduct research, and they use their projects as opportunities to mentor students in the lab.


Todd Hillwig, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department Chair

Stan Zygmunt, Ph.D.


Shirvel Stanislaus, Ph.D.


Bruce Hrivnak, Ph.D.


Andrew Richter, Ph.D.


Adam Gibson-Even, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Haiying He, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Lukas Leisman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Donald Koetke, Ph.D.

Senior Research Professor

Lynn Wellsand

Administrative Assistant for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy

Paul Nord

Curator of Physics



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