David Ernst

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Davi ErnstProfessor of Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University
Adjunct Professor, Fisk University

Professional Preparation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Physics SB, 1965
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Physics PhD, 1970
Case Western Reserve University Research Associate 1972-1975

Academic Appointments
• Professor, Vanderbilt University, 1992-present
• Adjunct Professor, Fisk University, 2005-present
• Chair, Department of Physics, Vanderbilt, 1992-1995, 1997-1999, 2002-2003
• Visiting Scientist, Jefferson Laboratory, 2001-2002
• Interim Director, W.M. Keck Free Electron Laser Center, Vanderbilt, 1999-2000
• Associate Dean, College of Arts & Science, Vanderbilt, 1995-1997
• Professor, Texas A&M University, 1985-1992
• Associate Director, Center for Theoretical Physics, Texas A&M, 1988-1991
• Co-Director, International Institute for Theoretical Physics, Texas A&M, 1990-1992
• Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, 1980-1985
• Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Washington, 1979-1980
• Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 1975-1980
• Research Associate/Instructor, Case Western Reserve University, 1972-1975
• Assistant Professor/ Professor, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto
Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, 1970-1972

1. D.C. Latimer, J.Escamilla, and D.J.Ernst,”Detecting CP violation in a single neutrino
oscillation channel at very long baselines,” Phys. Rev. C 76, 05502 (2007).
2. J. E. Roa, D. C. Latimer, and D. J. Ernst, “Atmospheric, Long Baseline, and Reactor Neutrino
Oscillation Data Constraints on θ13,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 061804 (2009).
3. J. Escamilla-Roa, D. C. Latimer, and D. J. Ernst, “Implications of the Super-K
atmospheric, long-baseline, and reactor data for the Mixing Angles θ13 and θ23,” Phys. Rev.
C 81, 015501 (2010).
4. K.G. Stassun, S. Sturm, K. Holley-Bocklemann, A. Burger, D.J. Ernst, and D. Webb,
“The Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s to Ph.D. Bridge Program: Recognizing and Cultivating
Unrecognized Potential in Underrepresented Minority Students,” Am. J. Phys. 79,374

• Texas A&M Association of Former Students Outstanding Teacher Award, 1983
• Fellow, American Physical Society, 1985-present
• Alexander Heard Distinguished Professor, Vanderbilt University, 2002-2003
• Affirmative Action and Diversity Initiative Award, 2005
• Fellow, National Society of Black Physicists, 2009-present
• Distinguished Professional Mentor Award, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native
Americans in Science, 2011
• Francis G. Slack Award, Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, 2011
• Daniel Nicholson Medal for Human Outreach, American Physical Society, 2012

Synergistic Activities
National Society of Hispanic Physicists
President, 2008; Secretary, 1996-2007; Board of Directors, Member, 1996-present
Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National
Society of Hispanic Physicists, Co-Chair, Program Committee,2005-present; Co-Chair,
Conference Committee, Chair, Conference Executive Committee, 2010-2011

National Society of Black Physicists
Fellow, 2009-present, Co-Chair, Division of Nuclear and Particle Physics, 2006-present
Southeast Universities Research Association
Fellow, 2006-present
Board of Trustees, 1993-present; Executive Committee, 1999-2003;
Vice Chair, 1999; Chair, 2000-2001; Past Chair, 2002-2003, Chair Elect 2010-2011
Nominating Committee, Chair, 2003, 2011
Director, Minority Outreach Projects, 2006-present

American Physical Society
Executive Board, Council, 2006-2009
Forum on International Physics, Vice Chair, 1998; Chair Elect, 1999; Chair, 2000;
Past Chair, 2001; member, 2006-2009
Committee on International Scientific Affairs, Member, 1999-2002, Chair 2000
Southeast Section, Member, Executive Committee, 2000-2003; Vice Chair, 2007; Chair-
Elect, 2008; Chair, 2009; Past Chair, 2010
Bouchet Award Committee, 2000-2001; Wheatley Award Committee, Chair 2003

American Institute of Physics
Liaison Committee for Under Represented Minorities, 2007-present, Chair 2010-2011
Governing Board, member, 20011-present

American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Member, Sub-Committee on Under-Represented Minorities, 2006-present

Graduate, F. M. H. Villars, MIT; Postdoc, R. M. Thaler, Case Western Reserve University

Mentored Graduate Students (dissertation advisor, last known employer)
Robert McLeod, Phd (1976), Wayland, MA, High School; John McClain, MS (1978), PhD
(1981), Texas A&M University;Ann Fitchard, PhD (1982), Chevron, Houston, TX;
Gregory Parnell, MS (1980), PhD (1983), Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA; Chahriar
Assad, Texas A&M, MS (1984), Hughes Aircraft, Los Angeles, CA; Dharam Ahluwalia, MS
(1984), Phd (1989), Canterbury U., Christchurch, New Zealand; Charles Albert, MS (1984),
PhD (1989), Rundle Inc., Austin, TX; Chin Ming Chen, MS (1985), PhD (1990), St. John &
St. Mary Institute of Technology, Taiwan; Steven Jacobson, PhD (2001), GAC Inc., Newport
News, VA; Lei Guo, MS (2001), PhD (2004), Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM;
Jesus Escamilla Roa, PhD (2008), Vanderbilt University; Bernadette Cogswell, PhD (2014)

Postdoctoral Fellows
David Giebink (1992-1995), industry; David Latimer (2003-2005), Reed College; Jesus
Escamilla Roa (2009-present), Vanderbilt University