Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Explore how things work and approach the world’s problems analytically.

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Find out how things work and tailor your learning to focus on synthesizing information and problem solving with an analytical eye.

Meet our faculty

Robert Stutz

Physics and Astronomy
Office: Sunoka Building 011
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3318

I joined the Physics and Astronomy Department at Okanagan College in September, 2014.

Credentials:
MSc, Interdisciplinary Studies (Astrophysics), UBC Okanagan
BSc (Hons), Physics, UBC Okanagan


Dr. Terry Bridges

Physics and Astronomy
Office: Lab Building 173
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4484
Physics Department - Terry Bridges

I have been an astronomy researcher in France, England, and Australia. My astronomy research interests are in early-type galaxies, and objects in our outer solar system. I have taught physics and astronomy as an adjunct at Queen's University, online astronomy, and high school in Ontario and Istanbul. I currently teach university transfer courses in physics and astronomy at Okanagan College, and am the Chair of the OCFA's Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee. I enjoy astronomy and physics outreach, and am also involved in social justice and sustainability initiatives at the College and in the Kelowna community.

Credentials:
PhD, Education, Queen's University
BEd, Education, Queen's University
PhD, Astrophysics, Queen's University
MSc, Astrophysics, Queen's University
BSc, Physics, University of Alberta


Dr. Kevin Douglas

Physics and Astronomy
Office: Lab Building 277
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4268
Physics Department - Kevin Douglas

I grew up in the Okanagan, left for university, and came back 20 years later, having achieved my goal of being a professional radio astronomer. On the way I lived in interesting places like California, England, and Puerto Rico. I joined Okanagan College in 2013.

Credentials:
PhD, Physics (Specialization in Radio Astronomy), University of Calgary


Dr. Brian May

Mathematics and Statistics / Physics and Astronomy
Office: Salmon Arm Building 116
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 8212
Math Department - Brian May

Christine Melin

Physics and Astronomy
Office: Salmon Arm Building 211
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 8218
Physics Department - Chris Melin

I grew up in the UK and attended both the University of Kent in Canterbury and the University of Bristol. After leaving university, I taught high school physics, chemistry and physical education for 8 years before moving to Canada. I was then fortunate enough to get a position at the College. I teach first year physics labs and first year math and statistics lectures. I love the challenge of teaching these courses, and spending time with students helps to keep me young at heart!

Credentials:
BSc, Chemical Physics, Kent, Canterbury
PGCE, Bristol


Dr. Nicole Prent

Physics and Astronomy
Office: Main Building C331
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 2228
Physics Department - Nicole Prent

Credentials:
PhD, Biological Physics, UofT


Dr. Ryan Ransom

Physics & Astronomy
Office: Sunoka Building 012
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3273

 

I received my PhD in Astrophysics from York University (Toronto) in 2003. My thesis focused on observational support of NASA’s Gravity Probe B (GP-B) mission. I continued with GP-B as a postdoc between 2003 and 2006, working with radio astronomy groups at York University and the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I moved to Penticton in 2007 to join the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey team at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO). I started a continuing faculty position at Okanagan College in August 2008. I maintain a Visiting Scientist position at DRAO, studying, when time permits, old planetary nebulae.

Credentials:
PhD, Astrophysics, York University
MSc, Astrophysics, York University
BSc, Space and Communications Sciences, York University


Dr. Lindsey Reinholz

Mathematics and Statistics / Physics and Astronomy
Office: Lab Building 345
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4179
Physics Department - Lindsey Reinholz

I am a Professor at Okanagan College in Kelowna, where I have been a faculty member since 2017. I teach in both the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. I am a life-long resident of the Okanagan and completed my Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Mathematics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics at UBC Okanagan. I am passionate about mathematics and physics, and especially about teaching. I endeavor to make each class that I teach engaging and memorable for students by presenting the material in unique and unforgettable ways.

Credentials:
PhD, Mathematics, UBC
MSc, Mathematics, UBC
BSc, Mathematics Major and Physics Minor, UBC


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