Officers and Committees 2024-2025

Officers

Chair
Karsten Heeger

Director of Graduate Admissions
Helen Caines

Director of Graduate Studies
Daisuke Nagai

Graduate Program Team
Daisuke Nagai (DGS)
Rona Ramos (program coordinator)
Stacey Watts (registrar)

Director of Undergraduate Studies
David Poland

Director of Undergraduate Studies for Math and Physics
Vincent Moncrief

Undergraduate Program Team
David Poland (DUS)
Daphne Klemme (registrar)

Director of Postdoctoral Affairs
Meg Urry

Joint Boards of Permanent Officers (JBPO) Quorum Members
Paul Tipton
Ramamurti Shankar

Committees

The Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee (UGSAC) serves as a point of communication between undergraduate students interested in the physics major and the leadership of the department. The student representatives work with the Chair, the DUS, and the undergraduate program team on matters related to the physics major. Committee members meet at least once semester.

Members:
David Poland (DUS)
Karsten Heeger (Chair)
Daphne Klemme (Undergraduate Registrar)

Ethan Martinez, YC’26
Rachel Merrill, YC’24
Rose Powers, YC’24
Ben McDonough, YC’24
Sophie Getz, YC’24
Sofie Fusco, YC’24
Andrew Nupp, YC’25
Aaron Chizhik, YC’25

The Graduate Student Advisory Committee serves as a point of communication between the graduate students and the administration of the department. The committee advises the Chair, the DGS, and other faculty on matters related to graduate students and the graduate program, including (but not limited to) helping plan and organize annually scheduled departmental events. The committee members also advocate on behalf of graduate students with the Chair and DGS. Committee members meet with the Chair and DGS once a month. The committee also meets internally once a month while regularly soliciting feedback from other students in their cohorts.

Committee members are appointed for one calendar year. The composition of the committee includes at least one representative from each cohort, with a primary goal of representing inclusive and diverse sets of interests. At the end of the fall semester students are asked to submit nominations for the following calendar year. The Chair in consultation with the DGS and the graduate program team appoints the committee.

Members:
Daisuke Nagai (DGS)
Karsten Heeger (Chair)
Rona Ramos (Graduate Program Coordinator)
Stacey Watts (Graduate Registrar)

Morgan Knuesel (Year 1)
Andrew Neely (Year 2)
Carlton Smith (Year 2)
Katie Chang (Year 3)

Charles Lomba (Year 4)
Iris Ponce (Year 4)

The Postdoc Advisory Committee serves as a point of communication between the postdocs (including junior research scientists) and the administration of the department. The committee advises the Chair, the Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, and other faculty on matters related to postdocs and the postdoc program, including (but not limited to) helping plan and organize annually scheduled departmental events. The committee also advocate on behalf of postdocs with the Chair and the Director of Postdoctoral Affairs. Committee members are appointed for one calendar year. The composition of the committee includes postdocs who represent inclusive and diverse sets of interests. Committee members meet regularly with the Chair and the Director of Postdoctoral Affairs. The committee is expected to meet monthly and at least four times a year with the Chair and the Director of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Members:
Meg Urry (Director of Postdoctoral Affairs)
Karsten Heeger (Chair)
Daphne Klemme (Postdoctoral and Scientist Appointments Coordinator)

Isabella Graf, Postdoctoral Associate
Yogesh Patil, Associate Research Scientist
Farnik Nikakhtar, YCAA Fellow
Pranav Sanghavi, Postdoctoral Associate
Jorge Torres, Postdoctoral Associate

Yale Physics sponsors prize lectures in physics, bringing distinguished scientists to Yale to present results of frontier research and interact with our faculty, research staff, and students. The weekly colloquium series of the Yale Physics Department is called the Physics Club. These lectures are aimed at graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, research staff and faculty, and are of general interest to the Department of Physics, as well as Applied Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics.

Members
Fall 2023-Spring 2024

Witold Skiba (chair)
Ben Machta
Charles Brown
Meng Cheng
Eduardo da Silva Neto
Laura Havener

Facilities and space are critical to the Physics Department’s mission in research, teaching, and outreach. They also play a crucial role in building community and fostering interactions within the department and beyond.  This committee will advise the department and its Chair on the coordination and planning of space and facilities issues in the department. The committee and its members may also be asked to assist as department liaisons to university planning efforts.  

Members:
Jack Harris (SPL, PSEB)
Stephen Irons (SCL, SPL)
Chiara Mingarelli (KT)
Simon Mochrie (SPL, YSB)
Alison Sweeney (Qbio, YSB)
Adriane Steinacker (KT)
Andy Szymkowiak (KT, WLA)
Elena Siuzdak (Lead Administrator)
Maria White (Operations Manager)
Karsten Heeger (Department Chair, ex officio, WL, PSEB)

Teaching assignments for the department are done by the Chair, in consultation with the DUS & DGS and graduate and undergraduate program teams.

Members

Karsten Heeger (Chair)
David Poland (DUS) 
Daisuke Nagai (DGS)
Stacey Watts (Graduate Registrar)
Daphne Klemme (Undergraduate Registrar)
Rona Ramos (Graduate Program Coordinator)
Jen Ongley (Chair’s Assistant)

The Mission of the Climate and Diversity Committee is to support  the Department’s goals to provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for every member of our community. We are committed to creating a work place whose core principles are based on diversity, equity, and inclusion for every staff member, student, and faculty as we strive to obtain our goals of excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring.

Members:
Rona Ramos (chair)
Ben Machta
Laura Havener
Karsten Heeger (department chair, ex officio)

The vision of APS-IDEA is that, as a result of collective efforts, physics and related fields will become more inclusive of all social identities, with a diversity reflective of the nation, and with an equitable distribution of opportunities and resources.

Members

Faculty

Postdoctoral Associates

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

  • New Member TBD

Staff

The Outreach Committee plans, coordinates and promotes the different outreach activities in the Physics Department, including (but not limited to) Girls Science Investigation, Pathways to Science, Physics Olympics, and the Physics Open House. The committee also works with the Physics Chair on preparing proposals and budget plans for outreach activities, and collaborates with Wright Lab and the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (YCAA) on their outreach programs.

Members:
Stephen Irons (Chair)
Charles Brown
Eduardo da Silva Neto
Laura Havener
Paul Noel
Caitlin Hansen
Victoria Misenti
Rona Ramos

  • QuARK (Queer Affiliated fRiends of physiKs)  - Jack Harris
  • Yale Physics Department Happy Hour - Rona Ramos
  • Yale Society of Physics Students (SPS) - Sarah Demers
  • Yale Gender Representation in Physics - Simon Mochrie
  • Yale Women in Physics (WiP) - Undergraduate -  Reina Maruyama
  • History and Foundations of Physics Club (HoFoP) - Priyamvada Natarajan
  • Kimball Smith Series (KSS) Event Series on Science, Ethics, and International Affairs - Karsten Heeger 

The committee on class schedules and Teaching Fellow (TF) assignments will review the class times of the current undergraduate and graduate courses in the Physics Department and ensure that they are in alignment with the university course times and minimize conflicts with others programs on campus. The committee will also review and make recommendations on the process of TF assignments.

Members:
Sean Barret (chair)
Daisuke Nagai
Rona Ramos
Stacey Watts
Sarah Demers
Daphne Klemme
Stephen Irons
Caitlin Hansen