Faculty and Staff

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.


Adam Gibson-Even, Ph.D.Associate Professor

Haiying He, Ph.D.Associate Professor

Todd Hillwig, Ph.D.Professor

Lukas Leisman, Ph.D.Assistant Professor

Andrew Richter, Ph.D.Professor, Department Chair

Shirvel Stanislaus, Ph.D.Professor

Stan Zygmunt, Ph.D.Professor

Bruce Hrivnak, Ph.D.Senior Research Professor

Donald Koetke, Ph.D.Senior Research Professor

Lynn WellsandAdministrative Assistant for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy

Paul NordCurator of Physics