VOLUME 17 #2

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Physics alumni gather on campus

Physics alumni with Hadjipanayas
Photo by Duane Perry
George Hadjipanayis (center) with former students Yuqiao Yang, AS ’99PhD (left), and Xuhua “Howard” Lin, AS ’94M.

ALUMNI | Graduates of the Department of Physics and Astronomy are scattered around the U.S. and the world, from Fairbanks (Alaska) to Flushing (New York) to Frederiksberg (Denmark), working in academia, for industry and at major national research laboratories.

In April, many of them returned to the UD campus for a weekend reunion that drew nearly 100 alumni, faculty and friends. Graduates mingled with former professors and toured the facilities in Sharp Lab.

The events included welcoming remarks by George Hadjipanayis, Richard B. Murray Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the department chairperson; George Watson, AS ’84PhD, who now is interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Art Campbell, AS’67M, ’71PhD. In addition to tours, participants had a luncheon in Sharp Lab and a dinner with slide shows and other presentations at the Deer Park Tavern.


The University has offered bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in physics since 1946 and doctoral programs since 1961. About 330 alumni hold bachelor’s degrees, and about 310 earned graduate degrees.

Alumni are employed as faculty, research scientists and postdoctoral researchers at major academic institutions including Cornell, the University of California and Boston, Michigan State and Texas A&M universities. A significant number are industrial researchers or executives of such companies as Seagate, Western Digital and DuPont.


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