Dr. Byant Hichwa will join the regular faculty of the SSU Department of Physics and Astronomy in the fall of 2002.
Dr. Hichwa earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame and has much experience in both the academic world and industry. He taught physics at Hope College in Michigan for ten years. He spent twelve years at Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. (OCLI) in Santa Rosa, part of that time as vice president of research. In 2000 he became president of MetroPhotonics (USA), Inc., a Santa Rosa outpost of a Canadian telecommunications company.
Throughout his industrial career he has simultaneously pursued his love of teaching, mostly at SSU. This semester he is teaching two upper division theory courses, Analytical Mechanics and Light & Optics, as a part-time instructor; a year ago he taught Photonics.
As a full-time faculty member Dr. Hichwa intends to pursue an active research program in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), a field in which he distinguished himself at OCLI. The holder of several patents, he has numerous plans for devices which SSU students can help design and test.
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