Faculty and Staff


Dr. Akhtar Mahmood

Professor of Physics and Chair
Ph.D., Physics, State University of New York at Albany, 1998
MSc., Physics, State University of New York at Albany, 1994
B.Sc., Computer Science (Honors), Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1992

Research Interests: High Energy Physics, Computational Science, Astrophysics

Office: Room 209B, Pasteur Hall
Phone: 502.272.7599
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Dr. Mahmood serves as the Physics Chair, the Director of the Bellarmine-STEM Program and also as the Director of the Eureka Learning Community (ELC). He is the ELC Academic Advisor of the Physics majors and is the undergraduate research mentor of all the physics majors. He manages Bellarmine University’s Supercomputer that is linked to the Open Science Grid (OSG). From 2009 - 2012 he served as the President of the Kentucky Association of Physics Teachers (KAPT) and from 2009 - 2013, he served as the Physics and Astronomy Section Chair of the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS). He is currently serving on the Kentucky Academy of Science’s Committee on Science Education. He specializes in “Big Data” research. Dr. Mahmood studies the constituents of the early universe, when it was less than a micro-second old, using a particle accelerator (an atom-smasher). He is a member of the world-renowned ATLAS collaboration, a research team at CERN that recently announced the discovery of the famous Higgs boson (the subatomic particle that gives mass to everything in the universe). The discovery of the Higgs boson was hailed as the 2012 Breakthrough of the Year and is regarded as one of the major scientific discoveries of this century! Dr. Mahmood is currently pursuing the search for new types of subatomic particles using petabyte-scale experimental data from the ATLAS experiment. Several Physics undergraduate students are currently working with Dr. Mahmood on this research project in high energy physics. In collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), along with his students, he also conducted research work (funded by NASA) with the SIM-Lite project, a future NASA mission aimed at searching for extra-solar Earth-like planets in the milky way galaxy.

Before joining Bellarmine University, Dr. Mahmood conducted his research work at the CLEO experiment at the CESR (Cornell Electron Storage Ring) accelerator facility, located at Cornell University and at BABAR experiment at SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) located at Stanford University. In the late 1990s, his research work at CESR led to the discovery of eight new subatomic particles, known as Charmed Baryons. Since 1995, he has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field of high energy physics, and has received over $2.0 million in research funding. At Bellarmine University, since 2010, he has received five external grants totaling over $1.1 million from NSF and NASA.

Dr. Syed Ahmad

Emeritus Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Physics, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada), 1981
MS., Physics, Aligarh Muslim University (India); 1976
BS., Physics, Aligarh Muslim University (India); 1975

Research Interests: Physics Education

Office: Room 211, Pasteur Hall
Phone: 502.272.8436

Dr. Jyotia Batra

Physics Instructor
Ph.D., Physics, Florida State University, 2009
MSc., Physics, Florida State University, 2004
MSc., Physics, Panjab University (India); 2003
BSc., Physics, Panjab University (India); 2001

Research Interests: Biophysics

Office: Room 211, Pasteur Hall
Phone: 502.272.8436
Email: jbatra@bellarmine.edu

Stephen Brown

Physics Instructor
MS., Physics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); 2009
BS., Physics, University of Missouri - St. Louis; 2005

Research Interests: Astrophysics

Office: Room 157, Pasteur Hall
Phone: 502.272.8436

Mohammed Hamada

Physics Instructor
MS., Physics, University of Louisville (UofL); 2007
BS., Physics, Cairo University (Egypt); 2001

Research Interests: Cosmology, Astrophysics

Office: Room 157, Pasteur Hall
Phone: 502.272.8053
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Mrs. Joanne Kleinhenz

Office: Room 006, Pasteur Hall
Phone: 502.272.8196

Mr. James Campbell
Systems Manager

Office: Room 254, Pasteur Hall
Phone: 502.272.7931