Principal Investigator

Dr. Chad E. Sosolik

Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Office Location: 203 Kinard Laboratory
Office Phone: (864) 656-0310
G13 Lab: (864) 656-0578
CUEBIT Lab: (864) 656-0884
Fax: (864) 656-0805

Curriculum Vita

LinkedIn Profile


  • Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 2001
  • M.S., Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1999
  • B.S., Physics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1995

Research Interests

  • Energy and Charge Exchange for Singly and Multiply Charged Ions
  • Tracking Ion Radiation Effects Using Multilayer Devices
  • Defect and Nanostructure Formation at Surfaces

Professional Experience

  • Clemson University, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, 2015 - present
  • Clemson University, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, 2010 - 2015
  • Clemson University, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, 2003 - 2010
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology, Post-Doctoral Associate, 2001 - 2003

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Physical Society (1993 - present)
  • Member, American Association of Physics Teachers (1999 - present)
  • Member, Materials Research Society (1999 - present)
  • Member, American Vacuum Society (2003 - present)

Graduate Students

  • Patrick Johnson
  • David McCall

Undergraduate Students

  • Martin "Scott" Driggers, Physics Major
  • Matt Myers, Physics Major
  • Alex Murtha, Mechanical Enginering Major

High School Students

  • Theo Pedapolu, SC Governor's School for Science and Mathematics


Former Graduate Students

  • Dhruva Kulkarni, Ph.D. in Physics, 2017
    Scientist at Verseon
  • Endu Srinadhu, Ph.D. in Physics, 2016
    Senior Product Engineer at Lam Research
  • Radhey Shyam, Ph.D in Physics, 2014
    Data Scientist in Greenville, SC.
  • Noel Lito Sayson, M.S. in Physics, 2012
    Assistant Professor of Physics at Mindanao State Univ. - Iligan Institute of Technology, Philippines.
  • Jason Puls, M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, 2012
    Manufacturing Controls Engineer at Rockwell Collins
  • Russell Lake, Ph.D. in Physics, 2012
    Senior Scientist at Bluefors Oy
  • Matthew Ray, Ph.D. in Physics, 2009
    Senior Associate at TIAA-CREF
  • Stephen Moody, M.S. in Physics, 2006
    Chief Technology Officer at GreenLoop IT Solutions
  • Hari Chandana Bellam, M.S. in Materials Science, 2005
    Principal Process Engineer at Baxter International
  • Venkat Magadala, M.S. in Materials Science, 2004
    Global Sourcing and Supply Manager at Google

Former Undergraduate and Summer Research Students

  • Luke Strohbehn, NSF-REU summer student, 2019
    Undergraduate student at Colorado College
  • Meil Monga, B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University, 2019
  • A.J. Miller, B.S. in Physics and in Computer Science from Clemson University, 2019
    Graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering
  • Harrison Eggers, B.S. in Physics and in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, 2019
    Graduate student at Clemson University in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • Ayobami Ojo, NSF-REU summer student, 2018
    Undergraduate student at the University of Texas - Arlington
  • Andrew Shore, NSF-REU summer student, 2016
    Graduate student at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Luke Lyle, NSF-REU summer student, 2015
    Graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Nathan Smith, NSF-REU summer student, 2014
    Research Analyst at PAE
  • Sara Berry, NSF-REU summer student, 2013
    Graduate student at the University of Washington
  • David Bergman, B.S. in Physics, 2010
    M.S. in Physics from Washington State University, 2013
  • Samantha Cawthorne, B.S. in Physics, 2010
    Samantha passed away in 2010. We are sorry for her family's loss.
  • Eugene Livesey, B.S. in Physics, 2010 and Palmetto Academy REU summer student, 2009
    Project Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems
  • Anton Samojlow, DAAD/RISE summer student, 2010
  • Andrew P. Lange, NSF-REU summer student, 2007
    Graduate student in Physics at University of California, Davis
  • Adam Dean, NSF-REU summer student, 2006
    B.S. in Physics from College of Charleston, 2006
    Sales Business Development Manager with Cisco Systems
  • Niru Maheswaranathan, SPRI summer student, 2006
    Graduate student in Neuroscience at Stanford University
  • Stephen "Scotty" Wagemann, B.S. in Physics, 2005
    M.S. in Physics from Montana State University - Bozeman, 2009
    M.S. in Computational Finance and Risk Management from University of Washington, 2014
    Principal, Wagemann Consulting, LLC
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