Dr. Joseph Wiest

Dr. Joseph Wiest


Professor of Physics and Engineering
123 Christopher Hall
Campus Box 89

B.S. in Physics and Math, Eastern Illinois University
M.S. in Physics and Math, University of Kentucky
Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, University of Kentucky
Courses taught
General studies: Science of Music, Holography
Modern physics: Light and Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics
Fluids: Fluid Mechanics, Hydrology
Modern physics: Quantum Mechanics
Advanced lab: Light and Atomic Lab, Nuclear Lab, Electro-Optics Lab
Three NSF ILI grants
Westinghouse grant
Pew grant
NSF EPSCOR instrumentation grant
Dominion grant
Post-graduate education
Summer program in engineering, Eastern Illinois University
Summer program in laser/atomic physics, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Summer workshop in advanced physics labs, MIT
Summer workshop in tunable diode lasers, Calvin College
AAPT workshops on advanced physics labs
Research interests
Lasers and molecular binding using optogalvanic, fluorescence, saturated absorption, and Raman spectroscopies; laser separation of isotopes; nuclear reactions relevant to medical physics; tunable laser systems; optics; optoelectronics; applied physics and mathematics; physics and engineering
Teaching awards

Outstanding Teacher in Appalachia Award
AAPT Distinguished Service Award
Work with students
Guide students with upper-level research projects
Assist students in obtaining summer internships at national labs and corporations
Advise students for graduate school
Advise students for employment
Community service
Served on Curriculum Council, Professional Affairs Council, Faculty Senate
Served as Faculty Chair
Served as Department Chair
Directed our residential summer academic Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program (1983-2000)
Officer of American Association of Physics Teachers (Appalachian Section)
Member of NASA-WVSGC Board of Directors (1997-present)
College evaluator for AAPT (Juniata College, 2009; Virginia Military Institute, 2010)

Publications and scholarly papers
Three papers published in Physical Review
Four papers published in laser journals
Regular paper contributor to annual AAPT meetings (1973-present)
Paper presented at WSES international meeting (1999)

Professional affiliations
American Physical Society
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Society for Engineering Education


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