David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Physics Faculty

We have four full-time physics faculty.

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. 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 (
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 (Measuring Viscous Fluid Flow with Biomimetic Cilia).

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).

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