Departments of Chemistry & Physics
David Statman majored in Chemistry at Lafayette College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in 1977. He then went on to graduate study at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His doctoral dissertation involved studying rod-like polymers in solution using quasi-elastic light scattering, under the mentorship of Professor Benjamin Chu. David received his Ph.D. degree in 1982. Upon completion of his graduate studies, Dr. Statman was a one-year visiting assistant professor at the University of Hartford in the Chemistry Department. He then held a R.A. Welch Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Picosecond and Quantum Radiation Laboratory of Texas Tech University (1983 - 85). After teaching at Worcestor Polytechnic Institute for two years, Dr. Statman joined the nonlinear optics group at the Air Force Research Laboratory (then called the Air Force Weapons Laboratory and renamed the Air Force Phillips Laboratory) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Dr. Statman was also an adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico where he advised graduate students and taught introductory and modern physics. In 1993 Dr. Statman joined the faculty at Allegheny College where he holds a joint appointment in the Physics and Chemistry Departments. Dr. Statman was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2002.
Dr. Statman has taught a wide variety of courses in both the physics and chemistry departments at Allegheny College. These courses include introductory physics, analog circuits, digital electronics, electricity and magnetism, physical optics, quantum mechanics, advanced physics laboratory, light and color, introductory chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry. In addition, he has taught a freshman seminar course "Science, Technology, and Society." He actively engages undergraduate students in his research in nonlinear optics and properties of optical materials. This research includes studying the dynamics of four-wave mixing in nonlinear optical materials, the development of one-way imaging technology, and the optical properties as a result of dye-host interaction in liquid crystals. Dr. Statman has published over 35 papers, a majority of which has students as co-authors. He has also given talks on his research at various international meetings and workshops. Dr. Statman is an F21 member of Project Kaleidoscope, where he has been active in the reform of science education. Many of the ideas developed at PKAL he brought back with him to Allegheny College. Most recently Dr. Statman held a Fulbright Scholarship where he collaborated with Dr. István Jánossy at the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. It is Dr. Statman's hope and intention to maintain his association with the Research Institute and involve undergraduate students in this research.
Experience/expertise related to the 2003 PKAL Assembly at the University of California, Irvine
I have been involved in the organizing of the assembly concerning developing a global perspective for STEM. My own experience comes from having interactions with colleagues from around the world both through participation in workshops and in collaborative research. Most recently I held a Fulbright Scholarship in Budapest, Hungary, where I was engaged in research at the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This collaboration has continued beyond the Fulbright award. Currently I am spending the summer of 2003 in Budapest, Hungary, with the support of Allegheny College, working at the Research Institute. Finally, my colleagues and I at the Research Institute are working on establishing a means by which Allegheny Students can come to Budapest to do research, and Hungarian students can come to Allegheny College for a summer or semester. It is hoped that this will be supported by the Fulbright organization.