Faculty & Staff

Students in a Physics of Sound course taught by Paul French, associate professor of physics
In the Planetarium at SUNY Oneonta, assistant professor of physics & astronomy Josh Nollenberg

The department includes seven full-time faculty with a broad range of expertise. Faculty research interests include quantum field theory, supersymmetry, astrophysics, string theory, composite materials, electronics, engineering (including CAD/CAM/CAE applications), holography, lasers and photonics, magnetism and magnetic materials, microcomputing, optics, video analysis of motion, ionospheric and magnetospheric processes, globular clusters.

Allen Anderson

Science Technician
51 Bacon Hall
Phone: 607-436-3197
Email: Allen.Anderson@oneonta.edu

Dr. Michael Faux

Professor & Chair
127 Physical Sciences
Phone: 607-436-3145
Email: Michael.Faux@oneonta.edu

Dr. Faux is a theoretical and mathematical physicist. His work focuses on quandaries in quantum field theory, supersymmetry, supergravity, and string theory. Along with collaborator physicists and mathematicians, he has promulgated the use of novel graph-theoretic techniques to investigate the off-shell representation theory of supersymmetry in diverse dimensions. He has published papers on supersymmetry, supergravity, orbifold compactifications of string and M-theory, dualities, topological features of supersymmetric quantum mechanics, brane world scenarios, matrix models, extended conformal supergravity, and other topics in fundamental physics.

Dr. Faux earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. He spent one year of his graduate studies in the theory division at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland, and held postdoctoral research positions at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Leuven University in Belgium, and at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, prior to spending three years as a VIGRE assistant professor at Columbia University and three years as a visiting assistant professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He has been at SUNY Oneonta since Fall 2005.

In an earlier life, Dr. Faux earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University in 1985, and spent a year and a half as a semiconductor development engineer at IBM in East Fishkill, NY, prior to returning to graduate school.

Dr. Faux's Publications

Dr. Faux's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Paul A. French

Associate Professor
Physical Science 120 E
Phone: 607-436-3358
Email: Paul.French@oneonta.edu


  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Physical Society
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Tau Beta Pi

Awards / Honors:

  • American Society for Engineering Education, Section Outstanding Campus Representative, St. Lawrence Section, 2003
  • Outstanding Advisor Award, 1999
  • NSF Fellow, 1983 - 87

Professional Interests:

  • Physics and engineering pedagogy
  • Engineering Design
  • Physics of electron devices
  • Modeling of MOSFETs

General Interests:

  • Tennis, volleyball, go, chess, parenthood [ R, E, R+E]

Recent Publications/Presentations:

Current Projects:

  • Science Video Design
  • Video-Based Measurements

Dr. Hugh A. Gallagher

Associate Professor
31 Bacon Hall
Phone: 607-436-3177
Email: Hugh.Gallagher@oneonta.edu

Dr. Sunil Labroo

Physical Science #127
Phone: 607-436-3323
Email: Sunil.Labroo@oneonta.edu

Degree: Ph.D.
Graduated From: Southern Illinois University
Year: 1991
Year of Joining SUNY Oneonta: 1998


  • American Physical Society
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society

Awards / Honors:

  • Fulbright Lecturing Award, 2004
  • Innovative Uses of Technology Award, 2002
  • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Honorary Citizen of Carbondale, IL

Professional Interests:

  • Magnetism of rare-earth based intermetallics and magnetic phase transitions
  • High-temperature superconductors
  • Thin-film materials and processes
  • Material characterization using electrical transport, thermal and magnetic measurements
  • Process control and data acquisition with PC's
  • Carbon dioxide lasers and laser-induced photochemistry

General Interests:

  • Hiking, nature, travel, world cultures, music.

Recent Publications:

  • "Investigation of the High-Temperature Magnetic Phase in (Tb1-xNdx)Mn2Ge2", S. Labroo, T. Gibson, M. Oakes, N. Ali & S. Saha, Bull. Amer. Phys. Soc., Vol. 45, p. 91, (2000).
  • "Investigation of the High Temperature Magnetic Phases in the Ternary System Sm(Mn1-xCrx)2Ge2", S. Labroo, N. Ali, S. Saha & D. Zych, Bull. Amer. Phys. Soc., Vol. 44, p. 1128, (1999).
  • "Magnetic Transitions in Tb0.7Nd0.3Mn2Ge2 Compound", S. Saha, N. Ali, S. Labroo & D. Zych, J. Appl. Phys., Vol. 83, p.6974, (1998).
  • "Mechanisms of Magnetic Separation of Fine Y - Ba - Cu - O Powders in a Gas Fluidized Bed", S. Labroo, J. Y. Park, R. J. Kearney & W. J. Yeh, Cryogenics, Vol. 33, p. 1063, (1993).
  • "Power Law Behavior of the Magnetization Curves of YBCO Superconductors", W. J. Yeh, Z. Q. Yu, S. Labroo & J. Y. Park, Physica C, Vol. 194, p. 141, (1992).

Dr. Kamala Mahanta

Associate Professor
30 Bacon Hall
Phone: 607-436-3342
Email: Kamala.Mahanta@oneonta.edu

David Morell

Email: David.Morell@oneonta.edu

Dr. Josh Nollenberg

Assistant Professor
35 Bacon Hall
Phone: 607-436-2620
Email: Joshua.Nollenberg@oneonta.edu

Erin Cavanagh

127 Physical Science Building
Phone: 607-436-3192
Email: Erin.Cananagh@oneonta.edu

Sheila Birkett

Esteemed Secretary Emeritus
130 Physical Science Building
Email: Sheila.Birkett@oneonta.edu

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