The Department of Physics and Astronomy welcomes new faculty members Dr. Jake Bennett and Dr. Leo Stein. They will both join the department in fall 2018.
Dr. Bennet is a particle physicist specializing in amplitude analysis or hadron spectroscopy. Jake did his graduate training at Indiana University — Bloomington and post doctoral work at Carnegie Mellon University. He is presently engaged with work on the Belle II experiment at KEK, Japan.
Dr. Leo Stein has just joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Mississippi. Before coming to Ole Miss, Leo lived in sunny Southern California, where he was a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). His earlier trajectory started with a BS in Physics from Caltech (2006), followed by a PhD in Physics from MIT (2012), and he previously held a NASA Einstein Fellowship while at Cornell (2012–2015). Dr. Stein’s main research interests are in testing Einstein’s theory of gravity (general relativity) using black holes and the gravitational waves they emit when black holes smash together. Testing general relativity (GR) involves doing numerical simulations of these black hole mergers, in GR and in theories beyond GR.
Students who are interested in these new research areas in our department should contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy.