Chairperson Department of Physical and Applied Sciences
Professor, Physical/Analytical Chemistry
Ph.D./M.S. Chemistry, University of Michigan
B.S. Chemistry, Yaoundé University, Cameroon
Program Director, Emergency Management, Fire Science, and Occupational Safety and Health
M.S.-T.C. Eastern Michigan University
B.S. Northern Michigan University
Assistant Chief of Police (Ret.) Novi Police Department
Graduate FBI National Academy – Session #250
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Assistant Professor of Physics
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
B.S., University of Liverpool
M.S., University Of Birmingham
Ph.D., University of Birmingham
B.S., Wayne State University
Dr. Rupam Das is an Assistant Professor of Physics in the Science and Mathematics Department. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2011 from Grand Valley State University. He completed his doctoral degree in 2008 at Vanderbilt University. He teaches general and engineering physics and other higher level physics and Astronomy courses.
Besides his academic interests, he serves as a judge for the FIRST Robotics Competition in Michigan. He also dabbles in Indian Classical Music, and participates regularly in local functions to play Tabla, an Indian Percussion Instrument.
His research interests range widely from General Relativity, to quantum field theory, to quantum gravity, to cosmology, to astrophysics; however, currently he is working with the fusion group at the University of Texas at Austin to pursue research in relativistic astrophysics and quantum plasma. His publications can be found here.
Thaddeus J. Gish
Thaddeus J. Gish received his Bachelor of Science, as well as his Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University. Living with a military father, he attended a total of 16 elementary and middle schools while traveling throughout the United States and Europe. The family soon settled down and he graduated from high school in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Now living in Michigan and married to a Michigan woman, (besides the one incident… Ted forgot the wife’s birthday…citing that it will never happen again!) he has come to realize that the state has a resource that is the envy of the world – water! And hence, for the past 20 years his research endeavors are water-based. He has lectured and taught over 190 courses in Michigan, as well as in China covering an assortment of topics: analytical, organic, general, intro, and aquatic chemistry; general biology; environmental science, limnology (study of lakes); oceanography; and astronomy. Just recently, he was one of the contributing authors in the jointly sponsored, Peoples Republic of China committee sub-report titled "Research on Anhui Rural Environmental Protection and Management."
Asaad A. Istephan
Dr. Asaad Istephan is a professor of physical and applied science at Madonna University. He joined the adjunct faculty at Madonna University in 2001 and the full time faculty in 2002, from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 1968 from Liverpool University, England and his Master of Science in Meteorology and applied Climatology in 1969 from Birmingham University, England and his PhD in Meteorology and Applied Climatology in 1973 from Birmingham University, England. Dr. Istephan regularly teaches Astronomy online and on ground, Senior Seminar, Earth Science Meteorology, Science and Social Responsibility, Science Foundation, Oceanography, Physics and the Ascent of man courses. His research interests include: Meteorology and Climatology, Solar and Wind energy Astronomy, Atmospheric Physics and Environmental Pollution. Dr. Istephan has worked as a director of the regional Meteorological training center and as a senior scientific researcher at the solar energy research center. He has worked also as a professor of Physics at local and international institutions. He has published more than 60 scientific papers in the fields Solar Meteorology, Atmospheric Physics, Environmental Pollution, wind energy and Astronomy. He served on the World Meteorological Organization executive committee panel of experts in education and training. He has participated in numerous national and international conferences. He is the faculty advisor for the Integrated Science major and Natural Science major at Madonna University. Dr. Istephan is a member of the American Meteorological society.
Maria Kuhn is an Assistant Professor in Physical & Applied Science. She joined the full time faculty at Madonna University in 1989. She teaches Biochemistry, a survey course in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Organic Chemistry. Her favorite class to teach is Biochemistry. Her interests are in proteins, particularly protein evolution and folding. She is the pre-professional advisor in the College of Science & Mathematics, and the faculty mentor for Sigma Zeta (national honor society for Science & Math majors). She recently worked with St. Mary Mercy Hospital to start up a program there for pre med/pre PA students to work in the emergency room.
Victor Lauria is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2015. Prior to joining Madonna, he served as an Assistant Chief of Police with the City of Novi. During his 28-year law enforcement career, Victor served in a wide variety of positions. He worked as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, a K-9 handler, and detective, as well as numerous supervisory positions. His work has been recognized by the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, National Retail Federation and the Michigan Association of Private Investigators. The National Geographic Channel profiled one of Victor's cases in the documentary film "The Science of Interrogation."
His favorite subjects to teach are interview and interrogation, and ethics.
In his free time, Victor enjoys spending time with his wife, Sherie, and their three children as well as hunting and fishing.
I am a Physical Chemist specialized in the Thermodynamics. My current research interest is in novel water filtration materials that are easy to get naturally for little cost that would be easily affordable in the third world. I am also interested in determining the levels of heavy metals in the water and fish samples in the Atlantic Ocean in the coastal regions of West African countries; and in particular Cameroon. Natives in these region get most of their proteins by eating fish from this part of the Atlantic ocean. I believe they need pertinent information about these metals in their most abundant protein source. I am also interested in the Thermal analysis of reactions to ascertain where products actually get formed. In this way waiting time and material costs are reduced. Finally, I am interested in the antibacterial properties of palm kernel oil. My favorite courses are the General Chemistry courses, Quantitative Analysis and Physical Chemistry. I like these courses because they form the foundation of any scientist, especially chemists and chemical engineers. I have published papers in many journals on research on phase change materials and in optical materials. I have also written and published two fiction novels. In my career at Madonna University I have been given award for research. At the charity level I received the Paul Harris rotary award, which is one of the highest awards in rotary.