Denison University's Board of Trustees recently has awarded tenure to eight members of the faculty. Those who have been granted tenure and who will be promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2018 are Hanada Al-Masri, Jason Busic, Sam Cowling, Hollis Griffin, Ayana Hinton, Regina Martin, Rachel Mitton-Fry and Steven Olmschenk.
“We are thrilled to welcome these outstanding teachers, excellent scholars, and engaged members of the Denison community to the ranks of our tenured professors,” said Denison Provost Kim Coplin. “These faculty are committed to deep knowledge of their disciplines, and to excellence in their pedagogy and mentoring of our students.”
Olmschenk arrived at Denison in 2012, following postdoctoral research in the Laser Cooling group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. At Denison, he teaches at all levels in the physics curriculum and has a strong commitment to undergraduate research.
His field of research is in experimental atomic physics and quantum information. In particular, Olmschenk is interested in using light to control individual atoms, and to use this control to store, process, and transmit information. This is being pursued at Denison using trapped atomic ions, laser-cooled to near absolute zero (less than -459 °F). His research has been supported by grants from the Army Research Office and Research Corporation for Science Advancement.
Olmschenk received his bachelor's from the University of Chicago and doctorate from the University of Michigan.