Warren F. Rogers

Professor of Physics
Phone: (805) 565-6092
Email: rogers(at)westmont.edu
Office Location: Kerrwood Hall 102

Office Hours
By appointment

Experimental Nuclear Physics, Cosmic Ray Muon detection

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught:

  • Modern Physics (PHY-025)
  • Quantum Mechanics I (PHY-121)
  • Electricity and Magnetism (PHY-150)
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Optics (PHY-151)
  • Classical Mechanics (PHY-131)
  • Physics of Music (PHY-007, PHS-017)
  • Senior Seminar (PHY-195)
  • Advanced Laboratory (PHY-170)
  • General Physics I (PHY-121)
  • General Physics Laboratory (PHY-022, 024)
  • Physics for Life Sciences I (PHY-011)
  • Physics for Life Sciences Laboratory (PHY-012,014)
  • Special Topics: Nuclear and Particle Physics (PHY-155)
  • Independent and Major Honors Research (PHY-198-199)


  • B.S. - Harvey Mudd College
  • M.A. and Ph.D. - University of Rochester
  • Post-doctoral Research - University of Washington

Research Activity:

Service and Honors:

  • Distinguished Service Award, Division of Nuclear Physics, American Physical Society
  • Founder and Organizer of the annual "Conference Experience for Undergraduates" (CEU) for the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy - 1998 - present
  • Executive Committee Member, California-Nevada Section of the American Physical Society
  • Served on a National Science Foundation Nuclear Physics Proposal Review Panel
  • Served on the Committee on Education, American Physical Society
  • Member of the Education Committee of the Division of Nuclear Physics, APS
  • Served on the Committee on Education of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (2003-2004)
  • Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Principle Investigator on NSF grants PHY-1506402, PHY-1101745, PHY-0922622, PHY-0502010, PHY-0132641, PHY-0072915, PHY-9722692, PHY-9496322, PHY-9302897

Student Research Assistants Mentored

  • 17 have completed advanced degrees (PhD, MS) in STEM fields
  • 12 PhDs (10 complete, 2 current ABD), 9 in physics (6 nuclear), 2 engineering (1 nuclear), and 1 in chemistry
  • 4 students (3 current and 1 recent graduate) are in the process of applying or will apply to physics PhD graduate programs starting in Fall 2016 or Fall 2017
  • Current employment (minimum of 25 in STEM fields): 3 professors (2 UCLA and 1 Cal State Univ. Sacramento), 2 national lab staff scientists (LLNL, LANL), engineers, scientists, high school teachers
    PhD Schools include Michigan State U, Caltech, Stanford U, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Cambridge U, U Chicago

Student Names:

  • Aria Hamann (summer 15), graduating Spring 2016
  • Tim Seagren (summer 15), graduating Spring 2016
  • Rachel Parkhurst (summer 14,15), graduating in Spring 2016
  • Nathaniel Taylor (summer 12,13), Data Analyst and Software Developer, The Trade Desk, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Sierra Garrett (summers 12,13), Post-baccalaureate research associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, planning for PhD program in physics beginning Fall 2016 or 2017
  • Alyson Barker (summers 12,13), graduating in Spring 2016
  • Jackson Kwiatkowski (summer 11), Senior Designer / Project Manager, One Off Effects LLC.,
    Ventura CA
  • Bethany Sutherland (summer 11), Associate Project Manager, Santa Barbara Imaging Systems,
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • Alegra Aulie (summer 10) Jr. Test Engineer, Aurrion, Goleta CA)
  • Amanda Grovom (summers 10,11) Product Manager at Hoopla Software, San Jose CA
  • Chris Morse (summer 09) PhD Physics, NSCL Michigan State University, Postdoc University of
    Massachusetts at Lowell
  • Christopher Sullivan (summer 09) PhD Physics candidate, NSCL Michigan State University
  • Mike Bennett (summer 09) PhD Physics candidate, NSCL Michigan State University
  • Michael Gardner (summers 07,08) PhD Physics, UC Davis, Data Analyst, Teespring, San Francisco CA
  • Alexandra Reed (summer 07)
  • Malinda Reese (summer 06), Transportation Engineer at Apex Design, Denver CO
  • Jamie Gillette (summers 06,07)
  • Evan Mosby (summers 05,06) System Design Analyst at Esri, Redlands CA
  • Shea Mosby (summers 05,06) PhD Physics, NSCL Michigan State University, Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos NM
  • Michael Strongman (summer 04) M.S. Physics, NSCL Michigan State University, Air Force
    Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, FL
  • Kyle Watters (summer 04) PhD Physics Stanford University, Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento CA
  • Lance Elliott (summer 04), Environmental Compliance Specialist at San Diego State
    University, San Diego CA
  • Sarah Clark (summer 03)
  • Chris Ritchey (summer 02), DP Technology, CACI International Inc, Rigs Of Rods
  • Nathan Walker (summers 02,03)
  • Brett Isselhardt (summer 01) PhD Nuclear Engineering UC Berkeley, Staff Scientist - Nuclear
    Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore CA
  • Joe Stevick (summer 01) PhD Biophysics Cambridge University, UK, Senior Physicist Liquidmetal
    Technologies, Santa Margarita CA
  • Kevin Veenstra (summer 01) M.S. Mechanical Engineering Stanford University
  • Heather Severson (summer 00)
  • Kevin Boles (summer 00)
  • Andrew Johnson (summer 99) M.S. Computer and Electrical Engineering UC Santa Barbara,
    Senior Display Test Engineer at DuPont Displays, Santa Barbara CA
  • Jonathan Mitchell (summer 98) PhD Physics University of Chicago, Postdoc Princeton, Professor of Physics, UCLA
  • Andrew Davies (summers 98,99) PhD Physics Michigan State University, State Department
  • Gene Grimm (summer 97) M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering UC Santa Barbara,
    Engineer at Raytheon, El Segundo, CA
  • Scott Riley (summer 97) PhD Chemistry UC Davis
  • Bill Klug (summer 96) PhD Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology,
    Professor of Engineering, UCLA
  • Joslyn Misaki (summer 95)