Faculty and Staff

Major John E. Alerding III

Instructor
M.S. - University of Arkansas
333 Mallory Hall
540-464-7509
alerdingje2@vmi.edu

Dr. Robert L. Beran

Instructor
Adjunct Professor
Professional Engineer
Ph.D. - University of Wisconsin
323 Nichols
540-464-7445
beranrl@vmi.edu

Colonel George M. Brooke IV, Ph.D.

Professor
Ph.D. - Physics, Old Dominion University
Specialty: Atomic/Molecular Physics
331 Mallory Hall
540-464-7707
brookegm@vmi.edu

Sherry D. Byers

Administrative Assistant
320 Mallory Hall
540-464-7225
byerssd@vmi.edu

Colonel Timothy M. Hodges, Ph.D.

Department Head, Physics and Astronomy
Professor
Ph.D. - University of Virginia
Specialty: Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis
720 Nichols
540-464-7123
hodgestm@vmi.edu

Colonel Tomas J. McCormick

Adjunct Professor
Ph.D. - George Washington University
333 Mallory Hall
540-464-7509
mccormicktj@vmi.edu

Lieutenant Colonel Chhanda Samanta, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. - University of Maryland, College Park
Specialty: Nuclear Physics
331 Mallory Hall
540-464-7506
samantac@vmi.edu

Colonel John R. Thompson, Ph.D.

Professor
Ph.D. - Georgia Institute of Technology
Specialty: Nonlinear and Statistical Optics
327 Mallory Hall
540-464-7504
thompsonjr@vmi.edu

Colonel Daniela M. Topasna, Ph.D.

Professor
Ph.D. - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Specialty: Nanoscale Materials and Nonlinear Optics
329 Mallory Hall
540-464-7046
topasnadm@vmi.edu

Colonel Gregory A. Topasna, Ph.D.

Professor
Ph.D. - Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Specialty: Astronomy, Thin Films and Thin Film Devices
330 Mallory Hall
540-464-7502
topasnaga@vmi.edu

Colonel Stacia K. Vargas, Ph.D.

Professor
Ph.D. - University of Connecticut
Specialty: Nonlinear Optics and Laser Spectroscopy
332 Mallory Hall
540-464-7027
vargassk@vmi.edu

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