The Center for Applied Studies (CAPS) is located in Engineering Annex Facility and offers:

  • ~20,000 ft2 of laboratory and office space,
  • Machine shop, Electronic lab, Dark Room,
  • Cerberus: 25-node community cluster with 908 cores and over 70 TB of combined storage,
  • Shared human resources – technical and secretarial staff,
  • 16 faculty from physics, electrical engineering, biology and math, and
  • 2Tflops, 70TB community cluster.


Faculty and Staff

Headshot of Dr. Dentcho Genov

Dr. Dentcho Genov (Director)

J. J. Gordano and Entergy Endowed Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering
Director, Center for Applied Physics Studies
Research Interests: Optical materials by design, metamaterials, electromagnetic invisibility, light localization in disordered media, percolation theory.
Department: Physics, Electrical Engineering
Phone: (318) 257-4190 Fax: (318) 257-2777
Office: Engineering Annex, Room 220


Headshot of Dr. Zeno "Dick" Greenwood

Dr. Zeno D. Greenwood (Associate Director)

W.W. Chew Professor of Physics
Director, Nuclear Center
Department: Physics
Phone: (318) 257-2302
Fax: (318) 257-4228
Office: Engineering Annex, Room 113
Research Interests: High energy physics, Monte Carlo simulations, Grid and Cloud computing.


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Dr. Kathleen Johnston (Associate Director)

Joe D. Waggoner Professor of Physics
Department: Physics
Phone: (318) 257-4318/4092
Fax:(318) 257-4228
Office: Engineering Annex, Room 219
Research Interests: Neutrino oscillations, gravitational waves (LIGO), particle astrophysics, hadron structure and hypernuclear physics.


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Dr. Lee Sawyer

Charles and Newllyn Spruell Endowed Professor of Physics
Academic Director for Chemistry, Physics, and Nanosystems Engineering & Program Chair for Physics
Department: Chemistry, Physics, and Nanosystems Engineering
Phone: (318) 257-4053
Fax: (318) 257-3823
Office: Carson-Taylor Hall, Room 316
Research Interests: Experimental high-energy physics.


Headshot of Dr. Neven Simicevic

Dr. Neven Simicevic

Professor of Physics
Director, Center for Applied Physics Studies
Department: Physics
Phone: (318) 257-3591
Fax: (318) 257-4228
Office: Engineering Annex, Room 212
Research Interests: Experimental techniques, design and simulations in nuclear physics; electromagnetic, elastic, and acoustic wave propagation and interaction with material, including biomaterial. Sensors.


Headshot of Dr. Bala "Ramu" Ramachandran

Dr. Bala “Ramu” Ramachandran

Vice President of Graduate Studies
Hazel Stewart Garner Professor of Chemistry
Department: Chemistry, Physics, Nanosystems Engineering
Phone: (318) 257-4314
Fax: (318) 257-4339
Office: Bogard Hall, Room 330B
Research Interests: Computational chemistry, structure, energetics, and reactivity of organolithium compounds; catalytic reactions of oxide clusters and surfaces.


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Dr. Steven P. Wells

Associate Professor of Physics
Department: Physics
Phone: (318) 257-2194
Fax: (318) 257-4228
Office: Engineering Annex, Room 214
Research Interests: Nucleon structure, parity violation, nucleon-nucleon interaction.


Headshot of Dr. Markus Wobisch

Dr. Markus Wobisch

Associate Professor of Physics
Research Interests: Quantum chromodynamics (QCD), collider physics.
Department: Physics
Phone: (318) 257-4974
Fax: (318) 257-4228
Office: Engineering Annex, Room 207


Headshot of Dr. Weizhong Dai

Dr. Weizhong Dai

McDermott International Professor of Mathematics
Research Interests: Numerical methods for partial differential equations, fluid dynamic heat transfer, image processing.
Department: Mathematics and Statistics
Phone: (318) 257-3301
Fax: (318) 257-2182
Office: Carson-Taylor Hall, Room 243


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Dr. John Shaw

Lecturer of Physics
Research Interests: Computational atomic physics, studies of microseisms at LIGO and observational astronomy (variable stars).
Department: Physics
Phone: (318) 257-4240
Fax: (318) 257-3823
Office: Carson-Taylor Hall, Room 242


Headshot of Dr. Collin D. Wick

Dr. Collin D. Wick

Century Tel Associate Professor and Program Chair of Chemistry
Research Interests: Computational chemistry and materials science, including aqueous systems, interfaces with water, battery electrode materials, and heterogeneous catalysis.
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (318) 257-2345
Fax: (318) 257-3823
Office: Carson-Taylor Hall, Room 233


Headshot of Dr. Songming Hou

Dr. Songming Hou

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Research Interests: Interface and inverse problems.
Department: Mathematics and Statistics
Phone: (318) 257-3270
Fax: (318) 257-2182
Office: George T. Madison Hall, Room 358


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Dr. Thomas C. Bishop

Associate Professor of Physics and Chemistry
Research Interests: Theoretical and computational molecular biology; atomic and coarse-grained simulations; multiscale models of DNA, nucleosomes and chromatin.
Department: Chemistry, Physics
Phone: (318) 257-5209
Fax: (318) 257-3823
Office: Biomedical Engineering, Room 231


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Dr. Arun Jaganathan

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Technology
Research Interests: Advanced sensors for condition assessment of buried infrastructure.
Department: Civil Engineering
Phone: (318) 257-2905
Fax: (318) 257-2306
Office: Bogard Hall, Room 247


Headshot of Dr. Pedro Derosa

Dr. Pedro Derosa

Associate Professor of Physics
Research Interests: Multiscale modeling of organic conductors and nanocomposites.
Department: Physics, Nanosystems Engineering
Phone: (318) 257-5139
Fax: (318) 257-3823
Office: IfM, Room 110

Andrew Touchet

IT Systems Administrator
Department: Physics
Phone: (318) 257-3444
Office: Engineering Annex, Room 109


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Fredda Wagner

Administrative Assistant
Department: Physics
Phone: (318) 257-4072
(318) 257-2777
Engineering Annex, Room 201