Our Team: Physics Experts

Our physics experts have advanced training in the subfields of condensed matter physics and physics education.

Lydia Bender

Lydia Bender

Graduate Student, KSU

Research and Background

Lydia Bender is a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University and is currently working under the supervision of Dr. James T. Laverty. Her research interests include implementing research-based instructional strategies to address specific learning goals and finding ways to work with faculty to ultimately improve student learning.  


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Danny Caballero

Danny Caballero

Assistant Professor, MSU

Research and Background

Danny Caballero (co-PI) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He studies how tools affect student learning in physics, and the conditions and environments that support or inhibit this learning. Caballero will be responsible for working with the Physics faculty team on protocol development, coding work, and interpretations of data analyses.


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J.T. Laverty

J.T. Laverty

Assistant Professor, KSU

Research and Background

James T. (J.T.) Laverty is an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at Michigan State University. His research interests include developing and improving assessments in undergraduate physics, investigating scientific practices in undergraduate physics, transforming physics courses to include scientific practices. He serves as the site PI for KSU and will lead the physics contribution to the development of the 3D-LOP, measurements of student learning in physics, and recruit KSU faculty to the learning community.


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Stuart Tessmer

Stuart Tessmer

Associate Professor, MSU

Research and Background

Stuart Tessmer is the Associate Chairperson for Undergraduate Programs and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interest is the physics of electrons inside nanosystems. As Undergraduate Director for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tessmer will work with the Physics faculty team and support efforts to align the work of the research team and the undergraduate instructional program in Physics and Astronomy.


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