News of Physics Faculty and Staff

Dr. Z. Chen and Dr. P. C. Sharma received the NSF support for the investigation of graphene growth over silicon carbide. The total budget of this project is $80,000.00 and the period is one year.
Tuskegee University in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Transportation Center (EVTC) - University of Central Florida and University of Hawaii have won four years US Department of Transportation’s “University Transportation Center -  Tier 1” grant of $1,414,100.00 to work on to transform the country’s transportation network, create a STEM education for environmental sustainability . The principal investigator from Tuskegee University is Dr. P.C, Sharma. Tuskegee University is sub-awarded with $150,000 per year for four year from the period of Jan 2014 to Dec. 2017. At least 5 to 6 students each year will be supported by this UTC research grant. 

Physics Department’s professors Sesha Srinivasan and P.C. Sharma from Tuskegee University, in partnership with the University of Kerala, India have submitted an international joint proposal (amount of $245,595.00) to the
“Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Grant” program. The title of the proposal is “US-India OSI Partnership on Sustainable Energy Education, Research and Outreach. This 2 years project (Jan’14-Dec’15) will foster an international exchange program, course curriculum development on Sustainable Energy across the globe. 

Dr. S. Srinivasan’s proposal for the 2016 Physics Congress was competitively selected and approved by The
American Institute of Physics (AIP-∑Π∑-SPS). Dr. Srinivasan will serve as one of the eight Planning Committee Members nationwide for organizing the upcoming Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society hosted 2016 Physics Congress in California. 

Our paper entitled, "Optical Absorption Spectroscopy of Dry Eraser Marker Ink" has been adjudged as the "Best Research Poster Paper" in the "International Conference on Lasers, Optics and Photonics" held on October 7-9, 2013, at San Antonio. Dr. Sharma’s award has been attributed in recognition of research paper quality, novelty and significance as indicated on the award certificate.The research papers entered in competitions for the best research poster were from countries like China, Russia, Korea, USA, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

Dr. A. Kumar made an oral presentation of the paper, "Laser Induced Breakdown S[ectroscopy: A real time approach to identity the glass and crystal samples" at the "International Conference on Lasers, Optics and Photonics" in San Antonio on October 7. Dr. Kumar's presentation has been recognized by OMICS Publishing Group and the Editors of Jounal of Physical Chemistry and Biophysics as phenomenal and worthy oral presentation.

 Dr. P. C. Sharma and Dr. Z. Chen submitted to the DOE-ARPA program a joint proposal titled "Fabrication of Low-cost Vertical 4H- or 6H-SiC MOSFET on GaN/Si Wafers" with Auburn University, the requested fund is $840,542.00.

Concept Paper entitled “
Low Cost, High Temperature Metal Hydride Thermochemical Energy Storage System for Concentrating Solar Power” submitted by Florida Institute of Technology, Tuskegee University (Physics Department: Dr. Sesha Srinivasan, Dr. P.C. Sharma, and Dr. Moses Ntam) and New Mexico State University was encouraged to submit a full proposal by the US Department of Energy. Full proposal on the said title with proposed budget of $1M was submitted by the team for consideration under the US DOE-CSP ELEMENTS Program. 

Dr.  Sesha Srinivasan and Dr. P.C. Sharma’s renewable and nanotechnology research lab was awarded with two new chemical cabinets and one acid cabinet (worth of $5,000) by the US Department of Energy’s Laboratory Equipment Donation Program (DOE-LEDP).

Dr. Z. Chen submitted a P&G higher education grant proposal titled "Enhance the demonstration platform to motivate students' learning in algebra-based general physics courses" in August, 2013.

Dr. Z. Chen and Dr. M. Ntam attended the 2013 New Faculty Workshop sponsored by AAPT and APS in Washington, DC in June, 2013

Dr. Sesha Srinivasan has presented oral talk entitled “Reversible Hydrogen Storage Characteristics of Catalytically Enhanced Ca-Li-nMg-B-N-H System, authored by Sesha Srinivasan, P.C. Sharma et. al” at the American Physical Society’s (APS) April 2013 meeting in Colorado State.

Dr. Sesha Srinivasan has presented an invited talk entitled “Nanomaterials Driven Energy, Environmental and Biomedical Research" authored by Dr. P. C. Sharma, Dr. Sesha Srinivasan, P.C. Sharma, and Jeremiah Wilson at the International Conference on Nanomaterials (ICN), August 2013, at Western University, London, Canada.

Dr. Sesha Srinivsan presented an invited talk on "Advanced(nano) Materials Research for Clean Energy, Environment and Health Applications" at India Institute of Technology and Banaras Hindu University in India in June, 2013.

Dr. P. C. Sharma received the 2012-2013 Faculty Performance Award for Research.

Dr. Z. Chen received the 2012-2013 Faculty Performance Award for Teaching.

Ms. K. Harris received the 2012-2013 Staff Performance Award.

A proposal submitted to NSF by physics faculty, “Development of Universal Solar Photocatalytic System Energy Efficient Water Purification and Electro-Fuel Production”, $299,736.00, PI: Dr. P.C. Sharma & Co-PI: Dr. Sesha Srinivasan.
A proposal submitted to US Department Of Transportation by physics faculty, “ UTC Tier 1 Proposal on Electric Vehicle Transportation Center, $ 600,000, PI: Dr. David Block; Lead Institution: University of Central Florida, Co-PI: Dr. Sesha Srinivasan, Tuskegee University.  

Dr. Sesha presented a paper, “Reversible Hydrogen Storage Characteristics of Catalytically Enhanced Ca(Li)-nMg-B-N-H System” in the Annual APS meeting held at Denver, CO, April 13-16, 2013.

Dr. Zengjun Chen was awarded a faculty residency grant from the United Negro College Fund/Andrew W. Mellon Programs [details].


 Physics Department Offered a Glass Course in Collaboration with Penn State University and Lehigh University [details].

Dr. F. B. Bramwell, Dr. P. C. Sharma and Dr. Moses Ntam submitted full length PhysTEC Targeted Site Proposal to American Institute of Physics on January 11, 2013. The full length proposal is one of six selected proposals out of several initially submitted proposals.

Dr. A. Kumar submitted the Air Force / IFOS proposal titled “Engine Inlet Air Quality Alerting System Using Advanced Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and Laser Induced Incandescence Techniques” on January 16, 2013.


Dr. A. Kumar and Dr. P. C. Sharma submitted the NASA/IFOS proposal titled “An Innovative Planetary Surface Material Analyzer Based on LIBS” on November 29, 2012.