Joseph T. Buba Department of Physics and Technology
Dr. Richard Lloyd
Edinboro University Physics & Technology Department students enjoy state-of the-art learning facilities, located primarily in Cooper Hall, which extensive recent additions and renovations have transformed into one of the most technologically advanced laboratory environments in the region.
The Department maintains a Manufacturing/Materials Testing Lab, which is outfitted with advanced materials testing equipment, including a rheometer, static and dynamic load frames, hardness testers, X-ray fluorescence machines and 3D printers for rapid prototyping.
Its computerized physics lab consists of 16 high-end, dual monitor workstations equipped with engineering CAD/CAM software that supports the Department’s 3+2 Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. Additional lab space includes the engineering/physics lab, which is used for introductory and advanced physics courses for physics and engineering majors, and a specialized, dedicated lab for advanced classical physics that features four independent compartments rigged for simultaneous experiments.
The Department also maintains an observatory on the roof of Cooper Hall. The observatory has a Celestron EdgeHD 1400 telescope, which has the ability to lock on and automatically track objects for long exposures, allowing observers to see very faint, distant objects; produce high-quality images of stars, planets, nebulae, galaxies, comets and more with its charge-coupled device (CCD) camera; capture high-resolution light spectra from objects, permitting identification of their chemical composition and velocities through space using a high-resolution spectrograph; be remotely controlled from a distant site; and use GPS tracking to view any named stars and planets.
The observatory also has an exterior viewing deck and several smaller telescopes available.
Cooper Hall, which has been the University’s primary science building since its construction in 1965, is also home to the Edinboro University Planetarium, greenhouse and science museum and the departments of Chemistry, Biology and Health Services and Geosciences.