Michael S. Pettersen, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics
724-503-1001 ext:6147
Michael S. Pettersen, Ph.D.

Office: SCI 100D

Degrees: Ph.D. Physics, Caltech; A.B. Physics, Harvard

Areas of Study

Earth and Space Science

Gender and Women's Studies Program


Michael Pettersen is a professor of physics. His specialty is low temperature physics. Currently, Dr. Pettersen is studying solid surfaces and how their properties depend on temperature, particularly near transitions where the surface becomes wet or rough. Understanding the properties of surfaces is important to many industrial products and processes, ranging from computer chip manufacturing to detergent chemistry and oil extraction. He also has some projects in musical acoustics under development.

For more information, see Dr. Pettersen's individual website.