Mathematica Trainer: Haiduke Sarafian
The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Physics
1031 Edgecomb Avenue
York, PA 17403
Haiduke Sarafian is Professor of Physics at The
Pennsylvania State University at the York campus of the Commonwealth College. He
received his Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics and his M.S. in physics from
Michigan State University. He also received an M.Sc. and a B.S. in physics with a minor
in mathematics from Pars College. He has been a Research Associate at the National
Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory in Michigan and has also been a visiting faculty member at
Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan and the University of Valencia in Spain. He is
a collaborator and consultant at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico
and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. His interests
include pion-nuclear physics and pedagogical research.
Dr. Sarafian has been applying Mathematica for 10 years. In 1999 he received a
Mathematica Visiting Scholar Grant. He has
integrated Mathematica into all of his courses and physics labs and has
created an honors interdisciplinary course based on the pure application of Mathematica.
Because of the creativity and the introduction of new technology in this course, he
received the Star Award, the grant award of the Commonwealth
College, in 1998. He is also the recipient of the first Teaching Award of the York
campus. Dr. Sarafian has presented numerous talks on the application of Mathematica.
A few of the testimonials of postgraduate Mathematica students
- "The Mathematica course was very educational. Dr. Sarafian taught
us the skills necessary to immediately apply Mathematica to our course
work. His problem sets emphasized his points and stimulated problem
solving techniques. I feel students, especially engineering students, would
benefit from his course."
- "The Mathematica physics course is a good course
not just for teamwork but for improving learning skills. Whenever the class
was shown new topics, it made me personally want to learn more on that
topic than was gone over in class. I found myself trying constantly to apply
Mathematica to other courses. Overall, the class was my favorite next to
honors General Physics with Dr. Sarafian."
Dr. Sarafian has used Mathematica since 1991 and has been a Mathematica
trainer since 1998.
- General training
- Modeling, programming
- Physics, mathematical physics, applied mathematics
- Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Michigan State University, 1983
- M.S. in Physics, Michigan State University, 1979
- M.S. in Physics, Pars College, 1973
- B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, Pars College, 1971
- Computer Language Experience in Addition to Mathematica
- Platform Experience
- Languages Spoken
- Geographic Area of Operation