Physics and Electrical Engineering Department
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Physics and Electrical Engineering Department

What We Do:

Our department is committed to providing an environment in which our students attain the knowledge and skills to contribute to and thrive in their chosen profession.

This environment includes

  • A full spectrum of courses that provide a strong framework and foundation
  • Research and internship opportunities to foster the application and expansion of knowledge and skills
  • Mentoring and advising to promote personal and intellectual growth
  • Opportunities to reach out to the local and regional community, reinforcing a commitment to ethical, professional and socially conscientious practices

The Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering seeks to support the overall mission of The University of Scranton and the College of Arts and Sciences to provide a transformative educational experience for our students firmly rooted in the Jesuit intellectual tradition.

How We Stand Out:

  • Unexcelled in quality of instruction and content
  • Employ the latest in laboratory, simulation and modeling techniques
  • Emphasis on active and applied learning 
  • Values-based education based on Jesuit principles  

The Jesuit educational theme reaches nearly every syllabus where professional ethics is likely to be a staple.

Rob Huylo, Electrical Engineering, Class of 2014


  • Biophysics - Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science in which the principles and techniques of physics are applied to the study of living things and how they work.
  • Computer Engineering - Focuses on research, design, development and testing of computer systems and applications.
  • Electrical Engineering - The design and development of electrical equipment.
  • Engineering Management - The study of business, economics, physics and electrical engineering for a management role in the technology sector.
  • Physics - The study of our universe, from atoms to galaxies, from quarks to baseballs.
  • Pre-Engineering - A one- or two-year, non-degree program to prepare students to major in their desired field of engineering.

Meet Our Faculty:

As you would expect from a leading Jesuit university, our faculty are renowned for their academic excellence, cutting-edge research, and strong commitment to teaching with a special emphasis on getting to know the unique needs and goals of every student.

Our faculty have a diverse range of expertise: acoustics, optics, solid state experiment and theory, and nuclear theory.

We really love what we’re doing. This is what we do. This is our lives.

Dr. Robert Spalletta

Dr. Christine Zakzewski


Chair of the Physics and Electrical Engineering Department

Director of the Physics, Biophysics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Pre-engineering and Engineering Management

B.S. Rutgers University, Piscataway
M.S., Ph.D., Rutgers University, Graduate School of New Brunswick

Phone: 570 941-6285
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Dr. W. Andrew Berger


Professor, Physics/Electrical Engineering

M.S., Technical University of Poznan, Poland
M.S., Ph.D., Drexel University

Phone: 570 941-4056
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Dr. Joseph Connolly

Professor, Physics/Electrical Engineering

B.S., The University of Scranton
M.S., University of Illinois
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Phone: 570 941-7508
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Dr. Paul Fahey


Professor, Physics/Electrical Engineering

B.S., The University of Scranton
M.S., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Phone: 570 941-6284
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Dr. Declan Mulhall


Associate Professor, Physics/Electrical Engineering

B.Sc., Trinity College, Dublin
M.Sc., Ph.D., Michigan State University

Phone: 570 941-6296
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Dr. Juan D. Serna


Assistant Professor of Physics

B.S., Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
M.S., Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Phone: 570-941-6582
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Dr. Robert Spalletta


Professor, Physics/Electrical Engineering

B.S., Stevens Institute of Technology
M.S., Ph.D., University of Rochester

Phone: 570 941-6210
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Prof. Nicholas P. Truncale


Faculty Specialist

B.S., M.S., The University of Scranton

Phone: 570 941-6289
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Dr. Argyrios Varonides


Professor, Physics/Electrical Engineering

B.S., University of Thessalonika, Greece
M.S., Temple University
Ph.D., Drexel University

Phone: 570 941-6290
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Inside the Classroom:

We provide a blend of rigorous academics, project-based learning, and values-based education to nurture students of competence, conscience and compassion into the leaders of tomorrow who are ready to face the technical and ethical challenges of the future.

The learning experience will be personally focused on the needs of each student, centered on core liberal studies consistent with Jesuit principles of higher education.

Faculty-mentored Student Research:

Our faculty are actively engaged in groundbreaking research and often involve undergraduate students in their lab work to enrich the student learning experience.

Paul Pearson, Class of 2014, conducted research in photovoltaics, a branch of green energy with Dr. Argyrios Varondies, Professor of Physics and Engineering. Paul studied solar cells to increase conversion efficiency.  Learn more here.

Biophysics major Michelle Graham, Class of 2015, co-authored a research paper with professor Nicholas Truncale about an electro-optical eardrum, which can be used as a teaching model for deaf students. Michelle was also named on the US Patent disclosure. Read more here.

Career Outcomes:

Our programs open up a wide range of employment opportunities, including challenging and rewarding careers in such diverse fields such as:

  • Biomedical instrumentation
  • Health physics
  • National space programs
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Semiconductor fabrication
  • Defense
  • Medicine
  • Patent law
  • Secondary education – physics/mathematics

Annual surveys of the University's newly minted graduates regularly show that our engineering graduates earn higher average starting salaries than any other undergraduate major.  This is a testament to our society's need for and confidence in the skills that our students have developed in their four years with us.


The computer and electrical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET