Physical Science Experts

Nicholas Nagle

Associate Professor

Nicholas Nagle is an expert in censuses and surveys, especially the US Census Bureau, statistics and data visualization, and population forecasting.

Kelsey Ellis

Kelsey Ellis

Assistant Professor

Kelsey Ellis is a physical geographer specializing in meteorology and climatology. Her research focuses mainly on extreme and hazardous weather, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and extreme temperatures and precipitation. She also studies the climate variability across urban neighborhoods.

Devon Burr

Associate Professor

Devon Burr is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences who studies surface geology of planetary bodies like Mars, Titan, and the icy moons in the outer solar system through the use of images, topography, and other remote sensing data to infer the processes. She also explores how wind moves sediment on other bodies by using wind tunnels that allow for the simulation of the pressure, density, or fluid flow of extraterrestrial atmospheres or exospheres.

Joshua Fu

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Joshua Fu is an expert on climatic changes, air pollution and air quality, the impacts of extreme events on air, critical infrastructure, food, human health, land, and water, and transportation.

Soren Sorensen


Soren Sorensen is a professor in experimental nuclear physics who studies hot and dense nuclear matter at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator, based at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland.

David Icove

Underwriters Laboratories Professor of Practice, Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

David Icove is a retired law enforcement agent and has worked with the FBI and testified before Congress on various fire or explosion related cases.

Mark Littmann

Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media, Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing, CCI Board of Visitors Professor

The director of a planetarium before turning to academia, Mark Littmann is a journalism professor whose expertise is in science writing and astronomy.

Dawnie Steadman

Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center

Dawnie Steadman is a professor of anthropology who specializes in forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, and human rights investigations.

Alexei Sokolov

Governor's Chair for Polymer Science

Alexei Sokolov is the Governor’s Chair in Polymer Science focusing on experimental studies of soft matter in a range of topics, from glass transition and polymer dynamics to materials for clean energy technologies and biophysics.

Jeremy Smith

Governor's Chair in Molecular Biophysics

Jeremy Smith is the Governor’s Chair in molecular biophysics and specializes in cross-disciplinary work in computational biology, biophysics, and chemistry.