Nathaniel Cunningham

Title: 
Associate Professor of Physics
Phone: 
(402) 465-2494
Email: 
ncunning [at] NebrWesleyan.edu
Office: 
104 Olin Hall of Science
Office hours: 

Fall 2016:
Monday, noon-1pm
Tuesday, 4-5pm
Thursday, 1-2pm

Background: 

I fell in love with Physics in high school, and pursued it in college, where I also discovered philosophy. After agonizing about whether to continue my studies in physics or philosophy after graduation, physics won out, and I chose to specialize in astrophysics.

In my graduate work, I developed astronomical instruments, and used them to study the births and deaths of stars. I have since worked on detector systems for the high-power Diocles laser system the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and I currently study the surfaces and atmospheres of small bodies in the Solar System using ultraviolet light observed by the Hubble Space Telescope. Since 2007, I have contributed to NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto and European Space Agency's Rosetta mission currently orbiting a comet.

I joined the Physics faculty at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2010.

Education: 

Ph.D., Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder

M.S., Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder

B.S., Physics, University of Notre Dame, summa cum laude
Minor: philosophy

Courses taught: 

Courses I'm currently teaching (Fall 2016):
PHYS-1600: Principles of Physics I / PHYS 2000: General Physics I
PHYS-3100: Electromagnetism & Optics