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Fundamental Quantum Physics Lab Peter Engels

Current Members


Prof. Peter Engels, Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Post Doc(s)

Dr. Thomas Bersano











Dr. Ethan Crowell

Graduate Student(s)

We are currently looking for graduate students interested in experimental atomic physics to join our team! If you are interested in joining our group as a graduate student, please contact us at engels(at)

Md. Kamrul Ome


We are looking for 1-2 talented undergraduate students to join our ranks. If you are interested in joining our group as an undergraduate student, please contact us at engels(at)


Previous Members


Dr. Maren Mossman (2019-2020), current affiliation University of San Diego.

(Click here for Maren’s new directory page at USD.)

Dr. Sean Mossman (2017-2020)

Dr. Vandna Gokhroo (2015-2018), current affiliation Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

Dr. Chris Hamner (2014)

Graduate Alumni

Thomas Bersano, PhD thesis: “Nonlinear phenomena and stripe-phases in Bose-Einstein condensates” (2019).

Maren Mossman,* PhD thesis: “Nonlinear dynamics and shock structures in elongated Bose-Einstein condensates” (2019).

Amin Khamehchi, PhD thesis: “Dispersion engineering of Bose-Einstein condensates” (2017).

Chris Hamner,* PhD thesis: “Experiments with dispersion engineered Bose-Einstein condensates: Raman dressing and novel optical lattices” (2014). 

JiaJia Chang, PhD thesis: “Quantum hydrodynamics in one- and two-component Bose-Einstein condensates” (2013).

Chunde Huang, M.S. degree (2016).



Justin Niedermeyer

Shen Wei

David Dawson

Demetrious Wilson

Gunnar Skulason

Collin Atherton

*Also worked as a Postdoc.


Group Photos

Engels group, November 2018. L to R: Sean, Peter, Maren, and Thomas taking a break from the lab and enjoying ice cream from Ferdinands on the WSU campus.
Engels group, Summer 2018. L to R: Vandna, Thomas, Peter, Maren and Sean
L to R: Amin, Peter, and Vandna just finished eating while attending the 2016 DAMOP meeting in Providence, RI.
2016-02-24 13.18.04
Kris Boreen’s last day at WSU. L to R: Peter, Maren (Lena), Kris, Vandna, and Amin.