David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Physics Faculty

We have five full-time physics faculty and two part-time faculty. Our core values are:

  1. Research
  2. Engaging and Effective Teaching
  3. Interdisciplinary Collaborations
  4. Theory, Experiment, and Computation
  5. Mentoring
  6. Outreach

Dr. Brad Barlow

Dr. Brad Barlow (
Assistant Professor of Astrophysics
363 Couch Hall
(336) 841-9542

Dr. Barlow has a B.S. in physics from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in physics (astrophysics concentration) from UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Barlow’s research interests include pulsating stars, eclipsing binaries, and stellar remnants, including white dwarfs, hot subdwarfs, and neutron stars.

Dr. Barlow's research students include Eugene Filik (Pulsar in the Widest Known Orbit around Another Neutron Star), Alan Vasquez (pulsating hot subdwarf star CS 1246), and Rodrigo Catalan (spectrum of the newly-discovered binary star system HD 318015).

Dr. Martin DeWitt

Dr. Martin DeWitt (
Assistant Professor of Physics
360 Couch Hall
(336) 841-9140

Dr. DeWitt has a B.S. in aerospace engineering and a Ph.D. in physics from North Carolina State University. Dr. DeWitt's research interests include theoretical particle physics, engineering, and astronomy.

Dr. DeWitt's research students include Michael Cantor (An Apparatus to Measure Young’s Modulus), Andrei Makhanov (Finding an Approximate Age for the Open Star Cluster NGC 2422), and Brielle Spencer (Quark Model Calculation of a Meson Spectrum).

Dr. Briana Fiser

Dr. Briana Fiser (
Assistant Professor of Physics
365 Couch Hall
(336) 841-9412

Dr. Fiser has a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Mississippi, a M.S. in physics from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in physics from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her specific areas of interest are biomimetics, microfluidics, and soft matter.

Dr. Fiser's research students include Linda Poplawski and Jacob Brooks (Measuring Viscous Fluid Flow with Biomimetic Cilia).

Dr. Aaron Titus

Dr. Aaron Titus (
Associate Professor of Physics and Chair, Department of Physics
361 Couch Hall
(336) 841-4668

Dr. Titus has a B.S. in physics from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in physics from North Carolina State University. His areas of interest are astronomy, computational physics, educational technology, electronics, and physics of sports. He is the Four-Year College Representative for the American Association of Physics Teachers for 2013-2016.

Dr. Titus' research students include Jacob Brooks (The Effects of Initial Conditions on the Motion of the Boleadora Weapon), Matthew Carnaghi (The Path of Springs Released from Uniform Circular Motion), Kevin Sanders (Computational Modeling and Video Analysis of a Kicked Football), Nikki Sanford (An Analysis of the Rotation of a Hula Hoop), and Laura Lee (Controlling a VPython Simulation with an Accelerometer and Arduino).

Mr. Jeff Regester

jeff-regesterMr. Jeff Regester (
Instructor of Physics and Astronomy
130 Couch Hall
(336) 841-9757

Mr. Regester has a B.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics and a B.A. in Archaeology from Cornell University and a M.S. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona. His areas of interest are astronomy, engineering, physics education, physics demonstrations, and laboratory apparatuses. Mr. Regester performed an experiment on NASA's reduced gravity aircraft (i.e. the vomit comet). He also observed Pluto occultations with a NASA and NSF funded team preparing for the New Horizons mission at locations in Tasmania, Reunion Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, New Mexico and North Carolina.

Mr. Regester's research students include Paddy Clancy who built and launched sounding rockets. Mr Regester oversees our 3D printer, ShopBot, and maker space. He teaches students how to safely use the shop tools. He has helped students like Brandon Inscoe and Alan Vasquez build apparatuses for their projects.

Dennis Hands

IMG_0369Mr. Dennis Hands (
Adjunct Professor of Astronomy, Department of Physics
130 Couch Hall

Mr. Hands has a B.S. degree from Appalachian State University and M.A. from UNC Greensboro. He has taught astronomy lectures and labs at High Point University since 2007. He writes an astronomy blog, he is on the Board of the Cline Observatory and regularly leads public observing sessions at the Cline Observatory. He is also an avid amateur astronomer who sets up his own telescope on campus for students to observe sunspots, the moon, and other objects. In 2015, he received the outstanding teacher award from the freshman class at High Point University.

Dr. Ruth Chabay

Dr. Ruth Chabay (
Distinguished Professor in Residence, Department of Physics
361 Couch Hall

Dr. Chabay earned a Ph.D in physical chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Chabay is Professor Emerita in the Department of Physics at North Carolina State University and was recently the Weston Visiting Professor in the Department of Science Teaching at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. She has also taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers. Dr. Chabay co-authored the textbook Matter & Interactions and shared the 2014 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching with Dr. Bruce Sherwood.

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