- AB, MS, Ph.D. (Ohio State University)
Dr. Stephen Yerian received his Ph.D. in experimental solid state physics. His dissertation research involved electrical transport measurements and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies of semiconducting silicon. He came to Xavier in 1979, where he has been teaching ever since. While he has taught a variety of courses in physics, he has been involved primarily with the modern physics program at Xavier. He has obtained several grants that have been used to acquire new equipment for the modern physics laboratory. This includes an x-ray diffraction system for crystallography and a high-purity germanium system for gamma ray spectroscopy. Most of his work in recent years has involved these two systems. Dr. Yerian spends much of his time on teaching and finds the individual work with students in the laboratory most rewarding. Dr. Yerian is also active in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and presently serves as Section Representative for the Southern Ohio Section of AAPT.