AIP welcomes new director of SPS/Sigma Pi Sigma

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11 August 2014

Sean Bentley, new director for SPS/Sigma Pi SigmaSean Bentley, associate professor of physics at Adelphi University, joined the SPS/Sigma Pi Sigma team this month as its new director. Dedicated to promoting and advancing undergraduate physics education, Sean has been recognized for his teaching skills and for his work to enhance the undergraduate experience through outreach. Sean has served as the advisor of Adelphi’s SPS chapter since 2003 and was the SPS zone councilor for zone 2 from 2010-14. 

His research includes quantum optics, nonlinear optics, physics education, and has delved into the physics of forensic anthropology. He has a patent on nonlinear optical lithography and was project director of SMART (Science & Math Applied Real-Problem Teaching), an innovative NSF-funded program partnering science museums and high schools to offer problem-based freshman physics courses. He is also completing a text on quantum imaging. 

Sean has chaired several major committees at his university and beyond, and was awarded Adelphi’s 2012-13 Teaching Excellence Award. He received his PhD (2004) in optics from the University of Rochester, and his MS and BS from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.