Nicholas B. Conklin
Associate Professor, Physics Department
Chairperson, Physics Department
Office: Z 220
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- Educational History
I have always been fascinated by how things work. As a child, I loved taking my toys apart, and at one point I designed a pulley system so that I could open and close my bedroom door without getting out of bed. I don't imagine anyone was surprised that I grew up to be a physicist. I have completed my second year teaching at Gannon, and I'm having a lot of fun. When I'm not teaching physics or doing research, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Janine, and three children, Brennan, Ian and Zander.
My area of expertise is high-energy particle astrophysics, particularly cosmic rays. Primary cosmic rays are largely composed of bare atomic nuclei (although there are a few electrons and photons in the mix) traveling near the speed of light. When these particles encounter Earth’s atmosphere, they interact, causing cascades of secondary particles. Over the past few years, I have worked with a faculty member in the ECE department and numerous undergrad students from across engineering and the sciences on small balloon payloads aimed at directly detecting primary cosmic rays. Please let me know if you are interested; we are always happy to welcome another student to the project!