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Department of Physics and Astronomy Collins Research Group


Principle Investigator

Brian A. Collins, Assistant Professor

Email: brian.collins at
Phone: (509) 335-4671
Office: Webster Physical Science 523

PhD and MS in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA in Physics from Gustavus Adolphus College



Postdoctoral Researchers

Terry McAfee PhD

Email: terry.mcafee at
Office: Webster Physical Science 525

PhD in Physics from North Carolina State University
BS in Physics from California State University – Chico



Prabodh Dhakal PhD

Email: prabodh.dhakal at
Office: Webster Physical Science 521

PhD in Materials Science from Washington State University




Graduate Students

Thomas Ferron

Email: thomas.ferron at
Office: Webster Physical Science 525

BS in Physics from Oregon State University




Graduate Student: Victor Murcia

Email: Victor.Murcia at
Office: Webster Physical Science 525

BS in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology



Undergraduate Students

Michael Anderson

Office: Webster Physical Science 524





Zachary Croft

Office: Webster Physical Science 524





Christoph Tanner

Office: Webster Physical Science 524





Graduate Alumni

  • David Buckley M.S. (2017)
    “Computational Modeling to Determine Molecular Orientation at Buried Interfaces in Polymer Thin Films”
    NOW: Physics Lab Specialist at Gonzaga University
  • Michael Pope M.S. (2017)
    “Using resonant X-ray scattering to determine how structure controls the charge generation process in PCPDTBT:PC70BM solar cells”
    NOW: Analyst at Discover Financial Services
  • Obaid Alqahtani, M.S. (2016)
    “Probing nanostructure of organic films and photovoltaics via synchrotron X-ray techniques”
    NOW: Instructor of Physics at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University
  • Qun Lu, M.S. (2016)
    “Calibration and automation of AAA solar simulator and external quantum efficiency measurement of organic photovoltaic devices”

Undergraduate Alumni

  • Keith Hillaire, B.S. (2017)
    NOW: PhD Candidate at North Carolina State University Physics Department
  • Matthew Waldrip, B.S. (2017)
    NOW: PhD Candidate: Wake Forest University Physics Department
  • Eric Beier, B.S. (2015)
    NOW: US Navy