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  • Andrés Aragoneses, PhD
    Andrés Aragoneses, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Science Building, SCI 160
    Phone: 509.359.7469
    Fax: 509.359.6973

    Andrés Aragoneses got his BSc at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and his PhD at Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (both in Spain). He did a postdoc at Duke University and was Visiting Assistant Professor at Carleton College. His research interest is in nonlinear dynamics in lasers. He performs experiments with diode lasers to induce complex dynamics and chaos in the output intensity of the laser to study and characterize complexity. In his research he looks for similarities and patterns between lasers and neurons to develop optical neurons, a benchtop architecture that allows to mimic neuronal behavior with lasers. He has also done research in quantum key distribution, polymer science and cosmology. He is also interested in outreach and teaching methodologies. You can check his publications at his website He also likes science fiction and has written one short novel Mundo pequeño (Small World).

  • Berenice Emehiser
    Berenice Emehiser
    Science Building, SCI 162
    Phone: 509.359.6958
    Fax: 509.359.6973
  • Brian D. Houser, PhD
    Brian D. Houser, PhD
    Science Building, SCI 164
    Phone: 509.359.7005
    Fax: 509.359.6973

    Dr. Houser's interests include the use of x-ray spectroscopy in the determination of the atomic structures of materials, specifically, crystalline solids under extreme pressures; all aspects of modern medical imaging, such as MRI and CAT scanning; and an interest in the scientific literacy of students in general.

  • Robert W. Ruotsalainen, PhD
    Robert W. Ruotsalainen, PhD
    Science Building, SCI 150
    Phone: 509.359.7465
    Fax: 509.359.6973

    Robert Ruotsalainen co-majored in physics and astronomy at the University of Washington, receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in 1974. After earning a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Hawaii in 1982, he joined the Physics Department at Eastern Washington University in the fall of 1983. His instructional emphases include introductory algebra- and calculus-based physics, as well as upper-division courses in quantum and atomic physics, optics and astrophysics. Current research interests include the computational modeling of stellar populations and star formation within irregular galaxies.

  • Jason Stoke, PhD
    Jason Stoke, PhD
    Science Building, SCI 148
    Phone: 509.359.4123
    Fax: 509.359.6973
  • David Syphers, PhD
    David Syphers, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Science Building, SCI 158
    Phone: 509.359.6959
    Fax: 509.359.6973
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