Campus: CSU Fullerton -- May 11, 2005
Physics Professor Earns National Recognition
Murtadha A. Khakoo, professor of physics at California State University,
Fullerton, will be honored May 18 with the American Physical Society's 2005 Prize
for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution.
Established in 1984, the honor recognizes a physics faculty member who has
achieved wide recognition, as well as contributed significantly to the field of
physics and the professional development of undergraduate physics students.
The American Physical Society's citation about Khakoo notes he was selected for
the honor "for his challenging and sophisticated experiments in electron-atom
collisions that have provided significant tests of atomic theory and for his
energetic, sustained mentoring of students in his research." The award will be
presented to the professor during the American Physical Society's May 17-21 annual
meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics in Lincoln, Neb.
Khakoo, who joined the Cal State Fullerton faculty in 1989, is the recipient of
more than $1.1 million in grants and fellowships, including funding from the
National Science Foundation for study in the field of atomic collisions.
"We are one of only about a dozen institutions in the country doing similar research,
and we are the only one to have undergraduate students working on experimental
electron scattering projects," the researcher noted. "Our students are very, very
bright and have far exceeded my expectations. We get requests all the time from
doctoral institutions for our students."
One of Khakoo's former students, Judy Segura, graduated from Cal State Fullerton
in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and physics, and
completed her doctorate last year at Stanford. Several others are currently in
physics Ph.D. programs at UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Riverside and the University
of Wisconsin, Madison.
A resident of Fullerton, Khakoo earned a doctorate in atomic physics at University
College in London.
The APS Prize for Research in an Undergraduate Institution, which includes a
$5,000 stipend to the recipient plus a $5,000 research grant to the recipient's
institution, is underwritten by a grant from the Research Corp., a private
foundation for the advancement of science and technology.
Murtadha A. Khakoo at (714) 278-5275 or
Pamela McLaren of Public Affairs at (714) 278-4852 or