Douglas T. Petkie Ph.D.
Dr. Petkie received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in experimental
spectroscopy and is currently an Assistant Professor of Physics at Wright State
University where he is starting up a molecular spectroscopy research laboratory
that will involve undergraduate and graduate students.
Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1996, he has taught at two liberal art colleges,
Bluffton College and Ohio Northern University, before starting at Wright State
University in 2002. He has remained active in research during the academic year
and summers and maintains an active collaboration with the Microwave Laboratory
at Ohio State University, holding the position of Visiting Scholar during the
summers. He has also spent one summer with the Molecular Spectroscopy Group at
the Jet Propulsion Laboratory through a NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship.
Dr. Petkie’s field of expertise is in millimeter, submillimeter, and terahertz
wave spectroscopy of gas phase molecules found in the atmosphere and interstellar
medium. He has experience in the development of spectroscopic techniques, including
the development of the FAst Scan Submillimeter Spectroscopic Technique (FASSST).
He also has extensive experience in the analysis of high resolution molecular
spectra, which include such molecules as nitric acid, hydrogen peroxide, chlorine
nitrate, and peroxy nitric acid, all of which play a crucial role in chemical
processes in the atmosphere.
He is a member of the American Physical Society, American Association of Physics
Teachers, Council on Undergraduate Research, and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research