Dr. Doug Petkie Appointed as Interim Chair of the Physics Department
Dr. Yi Li, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, is pleased to announce that Dr. Doug Petkie, Associate Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, will become Interim Chair of the Physics Department effective July 1, 2012, as Dr. Lok Lew Yan Voon will depart in August to become the Dean of The Citadel's School of Science and Mathematics.
Doug received his BS in Physics at Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD in Physics at The Ohio State University. Since joining Wright State University in 2002, Doug has served as the co-director of the Engineering Physics Program, Program Faculty for the Wright State Research Institute, has been a member of the Faculty Senate, a graduate faculty member in the Environmental Sciences and Engineering PhD programs, elected as a Physics Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research, and has chaired or served as a member on several departmental, college and university level committees. He enjoys teaching a wide range of physics and engineering courses from general education to the graduate level and has been involved in curricular development at many levels. He has been active in the development of STEM education programs and has directed several programs that, in collaboration with academic, government and industry partners, provide undergraduate students in physics and other STEM fields with research opportunities to better prepare them for graduate school and the workforce. His interdisciplinary research interests include a wide range of basic and applied topics with a primary focus on the development of millimeter-wave and terahertz systems for sensing applications that utilize spectroscopy, imaging and radar techniques. Doug, his colleagues, undergraduate and graduate students have been fortunate to receive funding from a variety of agencies that include the Ohio Department of Development, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Night Vision Laboratory, the Air Force Research Laboratory and through several small companies through SBIR/STTR programs. In working with his colleagues at WSU, in the Dayton region, and throughout Ohio, he helped establish a WSU terahertz research cluster through two collaborative grants from the Ohio Board of Regents, the Institute for the Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensor Technology (IDCAST) and the Ohio Academic Research Cluster in Layered Sensing (OARCLS).
Doug and his wife Lisa have two sons, Ben and Josh, and live in Oakwood.