Ryan P Smith Faculty Profile

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Ryan  P  Smith

Associate Professor

Department of Physics

Ryan Smith comes from the east coast, where he completed his B.S. in Physics in 2004 at Georgia Tech. His Ph.D. work at the University of Colorado involved using lasers to study the connection between quantum states of light and many-body electronic dynamics in semiconductor nanostructures. Dr. Smith spent a year in South Korea researching quantum dot solar cells, before coming to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in the Materials Science Division. At Berkeley, Dr. Smith developed techniques and performed experiments in ultrafast optical and terahertz spectroscopy on nanostructure materials such as graphene and plasmonics. Dr. Smith joined the Physics Department at California State University East Bay in the fall of 2015 and is enthusiastic about engaging students in learning and researching physics.

Renewable energy materials, ultrafast optics, spectroscopy from the terahertz to visible range, nanoscale phenomena, advanced laboratory education.

  • B.S. Physics, Georgia Tech (2004)
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder (2010)
Fall Semester 2023
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
PHYS 1251DPrinciples of Physics IW2:00PM4:30PMSC-N246Hayward Campus
PHYS 1261BPrinciples of Physics IIM2:00PM4:30PMSC-N246Hayward Campus
PHYS 1351APhysics for Scientists IM11:10AM1:40PMSC-N247Hayward Campus
PHYS 1351GPhysics for Scientists IW11:10AM1:40PMSC-N247Hayward Campus
PHYS 4621Solid State PhysicsMWF9:00AM9:50AMSC-S213Hayward Campus