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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics

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The mission of the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics is as follows:


  • Provide a major program in physics.
  • Facilitate the development of the students’ higher order thinking abilities in the disciplines of mathematics, physics, and statistics.
  • Provide excellent instruction in mathematics, physics, and statistics for all majors.
  • Provide minors programs in the disciplines of the department.
  • Provide interdisciplinary programs in collaboration with other departments.
  • Provide USciences graduate students and faculty of other departments with expertise in mathematics, physics, and statistics to support their research and teaching.


  • Conduct research and scholarly work in mathematics, physics and statistics for the purpose of advancing knowledge.
  • Provide opportunities for students to engage in undergraduate and graduate research.


  • Provide service and expert consultation to USciences students and faculty, appropriate professional organizations, committees, and the community.
  • Participate in the life of the University through work on institutional, divisional, and departmental committees.
  • Develop activities on campus designed to foster an appreciation for and understanding of mathematics, physics, and statistics.


Elia V. Eschenazi
Doctor of Physics (Honors) (Universitá degli Studi Milano, Italy); PhD (Drexel University)
Professor of Physics
Chair, Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics
Phone: 215.596.8707

Salar Y. Alsardary
BS (University of Sulaimania, Iraq); MS (University of Mosul, Iraq); MA, PhD (West Virginia University)
Professor of Mathematics
Phone: 215.596.8761

Tarlok S. Aurora
BS, MS (University of Bombay, India); PhD (University of Arkansas)
Professor of Physics
Phone: 215.596.8911

Bernard J. Brunner
BS (Wheeling Jesuit University); MS, PhD (Ohio State University)
Associate Professor of Physics
Phone: 215.596.8898

Sergio Freire
BS (PUC University, Brazil); MSc, PhD (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)
Associate Professor of Physics
Phone: 215.596.8958

Paul Halpern
BA (Temple University); MA, PhD (State University of New York, Stony Brook)
Professor of Physics
Phone: 215.596.8913

Amy Kimchuk
BS (Gwynedd-Mercy College); MA (Villanova University)
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
Phone: 215.596.8705

Sungwook Kim
PhD (University of Missouri, Columbia)
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Phone: 215.596.7615

Laura Pontiggia
Doctor of Economics (Honors – Universitá di Pavia, Italy); MS, PhD (University of Minnesota)
Associate Professor of Statistics
Associate Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences 
Phone: 215.596.8914

Roberto C. Ramos
BS (University of the Philippines); MS, PhD (University of Washington) 
Associate Professor of Physics
Director, Center for Undergraduate Research
Phone: 215.596.8546

Edward Reimers
BA (LaSalle University); MA (State University of New York, Binghamton)
Instructor in Mathematics and Statistics
Phone: 215.596.8822

Michael A. Robert 
BS (Mississippi State University); PhD (North Carolina State University)
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Phone: 215.596.3138

Abolfazi Saghafi
BSc (Azad University, Iran); MSc (Shahid Beheshti University, Iran); PhD (Iran University of Science & Technology); PhD (University of South Florida)
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Phone: 215.596.7240

Jessie Taylor
BS (Calvin College); MS (University of Notre Dame); PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
Assistant Professor of Physics
Phone: TBA

Lia Vas
BSc (University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia); PhD (University of Maryland, College Park)
Professor of Mathematics
Phone: 215.596.8547

Carl Walasek
BS (University of Illinois, Urbana); MS (DePaul University)
Instructor in Statistics
Phone: 215.596.8796

Research and Adjunct Faculty

Phyllis Blumberg
AB (Washington College); MA, PhD (University of Pittsburgh)
Research Professor in Education
Professor of Psychology                                                                                                                                                                                                Assistant Provost, Faculty Development
Director, Teaching and Learning Center
Phone: 215.895.1167




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