Dr. Brian M. Davies


Assistant Professor, 2003 - present
Dept. of Physics, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois

   Taught undergraduate physics and was active in the Illinois section of the AAPT.

Research Assistant Professor, 2001 - 2003
Dept. of Physics, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois

   Taught first-semester physics and studied adsorption of gases on silicon and germanium surfaces.

Principal Scientist (started as Applications Engineer), 1997 - 1999
Radiant Research, Inc. (later called Radiant Photonics, Inc. and now defunct through bankruptcy), Austin, Texas

   Designed, fabricated, and packaged prototype devices for fiber-optic networks (wavelength division multiplexers and other kinds of optical interconnects based on holographic diffraction gratings).

Research Professor, 1991 - 1996
Applied Physics Dept., Center for Research and Graduate Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN), Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

   Studied thin films of compound semiconductors (CdTe) by Auger and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies and taught graduate-level physics.

Assistant Professor, 1986 - 1990
Dept. of Physics, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas

   Established surface and thin film analysis lab with Auger-ESCA-SIMS equipment. Characterized sol-gel method for adding diffusion barriers to a II-VI solar cell process. Studied impurities in a geochemical system (calcite) with Auger, ESCA, and EXAFS. Analyzed metal corrosion problems for local twin-plant industry with ESCA and SIMS. Taught undergraduate and graduate physics.

Physicist (GS-1310-12), 1985 - 1986
U.S. Dept. of Energy, Morgantown Energy Technology Center, Morgantown, WV

   Studied the heterogeneous catalysis of phosphine and related gases using FTIR spectroscopy.

Visiting Assistant Professor, 1983 - 1985
Dept. of Physics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

   Prepared and studied ultrathin nickel films on copper substrates with low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) measurements and simulation and with Auger electron spectroscopy. Taught undergraduate physics.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1980 - 1983
Dept. of Physics, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

   With Prof. J. L. Erskine, did the first study of the azimuthal-angular dependence of electron scattering in high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Taught one introductory course.

Graduate Research Assistant, 1977 - 1980
Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

   With Prof. Frederick C. Brown, studied charge density waves in layered transition metal dichalcogenides (including semiconductor, semimetal, and metal samples) using angle-resolved ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (ARUPS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS and XANES). With Prof. Franco Bassani, calculated the core exciton binding energy in hexagonal boron nitride for comparison with polarized ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy data.

Engineering Assistant, summers 1974 and 1975
Tektronix, Inc., Beaverton, Oregon

   With Dr. Gene Chao, developed Tek's first surface acoustic wave (SAW) device, a TV IF filter with a nonsymmetric bandpass. Programmed FFT calculations of the impulse response (in FORTRAN), devised a mask layout algorithm, and produced output for the pattern generator.


Univ. of Texas at Austin (1982)

Engineering Physics (2nd semester course, fall 1982)

West Virginia University (1983-85)

Engineering Physics (1st or 2nd semester course, 4 semesters)
Quantum Mechanics (4th year course, spring 1984)
Thermodynamics (3rd year course, fall 1984)
Optics (4th year course, spring 1985)

Univ. of Texas at El Paso (1986-90)

Engineering Physics (1st or 2nd semester course, 7 semesters)
College Physics (non-calculus course, spring 1990)
Solid State Physics (graduate course, fall 1986)
Quantum Mechanics (graduate course, spring 1987 and 1988)
Classical Mechanics (graduate course, fall 1988 and 1989)

CINVESTAV - Unidad Merida (1992-94)

These are repeats of the three graduate courses listed above, taught mostly in Spanish:
Mecanica Cuantica I (2 times, 1992-93)
Fisica del Estado Solido I (1992)
Fisica del Estado Solido II (1992)
Fisica del Estado Solido III (1992)
Mecanica Clasica (2 times, 1993-94)
Mecanica Clasica (undergraduate prep course, 1994)

Bradley University (2001-02)

University Physics I (1st semester course, spring 2001 and 2002)
Applied Quantum Physics (3rd semester course, spring 2001)
General Physics I (1st semester course, fall 2001 and 2002)

Western Illinois University (2003-present) (includes spring 2018 courses)

Introduction to Astronomy (large enrollment, 19 times)
General Physics (2-semester algebra-based course, 15 times)
Engineering Mechanics - Statics and Dynamics (spring 2007, 2008, 2010)
Electronics (lecture and lab, spring 2006)
Thermodynamics (spring 2005, 2008, 2010)
Advanced Electronics (lecture and lab, 7 times)
Applied Optics (lecture and lab, fall 2003 and 2005)
Modern Experimental Physics (advanced lab course, 4 times)
Science in Context (for science education majors, 5 times)

Supervised graduate student theses and projects:

Report in lieu of M.S. thesis, "Surface studies on Al-Li-Cu Alloy," Eduardo Maldonado, May 1989, Univ. of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas

Report in lieu of M.S. thesis, "Auger and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy analysis of thin, impure calcite overgrowths," Brian Traylor, May 1990, Univ. of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas

Masters Thesis for "Maestria" (equivalent to M.S.) "Analisis cuantitativo de espectros Auger directos en CdTe con Oxigeno" (Quantitative analysis of direct Auger spectra in CdTe with oxygen) Gabriel Canto, Dec. 1995, CINVESTAV-Unidad Merida, Merida, Mexico