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Willie Rockward

Dr. Willie S. Rockward

Chair and Professor of Physics & Eng. Physics, Physics

Office: Calloway G22
Phone: (443) 885-3226

Biography & Research Interests:

Dr. Rockward has a unique combination of leadership from academic, professional, and community experiences. As a tenured professor at Morehouse College, he served the past 7 years as the Chair of the Department of Physics & Dual Degree Engineering Program (Physics & DDEP) and the past 20 years as the Research Director of the Materials and Optics Research & Engineering (MORE) Laboratory. Among his professional leadership experiences, he is the President of the National Society of Black Physicists and the immediate Past President of Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society. Also, he has served a combination of 23 years as Pastor of the Divine Unity Missionary Baptist Church and Associate Minister of Antioch Baptist Church North in East Point and Atlanta, Georgia, respectively.

As Chair of Physics & DDEP at Morehouse, his vision and leadership resulted in the department being the US #1 producer for underrepresented minorities with Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics according to the American Institute of Physics in conjunction to boasting the Nation’s most productive Dual Degree Engineering Program. He is a strong proponent of STEM mentorship using methodologies of faculty-to-student, peer-to-peer, professional shadowing, life-skills coaching, and research apprenticeship. His current research interests include micro/nano optics lithography, extreme ultraviolet interferometry, metamaterials, terahertz imaging, nanostructure characterization, and crossed phase optics.

Selected Publications:

  • W. Li, C. Kyaw, W. Rockward, and M.C. Marconi, “Talbot Interference Lithography with Table-top Extreme Ultraviolet Laser,” Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics 2016 (San Jose, CA), OSA Technical Digest, 2016.
  • M.C. Marconi, W. Li, C. Kyaw, W. Rockward, C.S. Menoni, and J.J. Rocca, “Coherent Lithography with Table Top Soft X-rays Lasers: Latest Achievements and Prospects,” Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on X-Ray Lasers (Nara, Japan), 2016.
  • C. Aganze, A. Burgasser, J. Faherty, C. Choban, I. Escala, M. Lopez, Y. Jin, T. Tamiya, M. Tallis, and W. Rockward, “Characterization of the Very-Low-Mass Secondary in the GJ 660.1AB System,” Astronomical Journal, 151:46, 2016.
  • P. W. Wachulak, L. Urbanski, M.G. Capeluto, D. Hill, W. Rockward , C. Iemmi, E. Anderson, C. S. Menoni, J. J. Rocca, M. C. Marconi. “New opportunities in Interferometric Lithography using Extreme Ultraviolet Table top Lasers,” Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS, 8, 2009.