David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Physics Faculty

We have four full-time physics faculty and two adjunct 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 Congdon 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 Congdon 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 Congdon 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, nanostructures/MEMS, electrodeposition, microfluidics, soft matter, and nanowires/nanotubes.

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 Congdon 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).

Dennis Hands

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

Damon Smith

(Image from Solomon Bililign's lab)
Mr. Damon Smith (
Adjunct Professor of Physics, Department of Physics
130 Congdon Hall

Mr. Smith graduated with University Honors and two B.S. degrees from High Point University in math and computer science. He has a MS degree in physics from North Carolina A&T State University. He is currently a PhD candidate at North Carolina A&T State University. His research has focused on aerosols in the atmosphere.

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