Michael E. McCracken, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics
724-503-1001 ext:6148

Office: SCI 100B

Degrees: Ph.D. and M.S. Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. Washington & Jefferson College

Areas of Study


Michael McCracken is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics. His research is in the field of nuclear particle physics, specifically the photoproduction of mesons off of the nucleon. By performing experiments at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, Dr. McCracken studies the interaction between quarks and gluons, the fundamental components of more familiar systems such as protons, neutrons and atomic nuclei. He works with the CLAS Collaboration, an international consortium of researchers investigating many features of the strong interaction. His research interests are not limited to this field; he is currently working to establish undergraduate research programs in particle physics, cosmology, and the computational simulation of many-body systems.

Dr. McCracken is also very interested in the study of physics pedagogy, specifically the efficient integration of laboratory and lecture experiences, and the development of foundational skills at the undergraduate level.  Dr. McCraken's particular interests in the classroom include classical and quantum mechanics, mathematical methods and application of computer-based simulation and analysis to problems typical of the standard physics curriculum. He is excited to develop and offer courses which introduce students to all of the facets of scientific method.