Dr. Daniel P. Mioduszewski
Professor of Physics
Phone: (248) 204-3600
Office hours by appointment.
Dr. Mioduszewski (“Dr. Dan”) joined the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lawrence Technological University in the fall of 1968. He came to help start the new physics program at Lawrence Tech after receiving his Ph.D. in physics from the Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, he was a member of the Ionosphere Research Laboratory (now the Laboratory of Space Sciences). This was an interdisciplinary lab with professors in electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, and nuclear engineering working together to understand the propagation of radio waves through the ionosphere. Dr. Dan did research on the theory of the propagation of electromagnetic waves through a plasma (an ionized medium). He was also involved in an experimental project for the construction of helium-neon lasers to be used in several experiments. He has strong training in both the theoretical and experimental aspects of physics, and is skilled in electrical and mechanical instrument design, computers, and the making of holograms.
While at Lawrence Tech, he has been instrumental in helping to design the physics program, including the laboratories. He has taught courses in physics, mathematics and electrical engineering. These include Quantum Mechanics, Optics and Lasers with lab, Condensed Matter (Solid State) Physics, Contemporary (Modern) Physics with lab, Nuclear Physics with lab, Electromagnetic Theory, and various general physics courses.
He served for six years as chair of the Department of Natural Sciences, overseeing the delivery of courses in physics, chemistry, biology, geology and astronomy. The department also offers graduate programs in science education and educational technology. While chair, he secured a grant from the National Science Foundation to introduce computers into the physics labs for data acquisition and analysis, thereby changing the teaching methods used in those labs. He has since returned to full-time teaching while directing the physics program
His daughter Amy, a graduate of Lawrence Tech’s physics program, went on to earn her Ph.D. and now works as a radio-astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory operations center for the Very Large Array (VLA) and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) in Soccoro, New Mexico.