Matthew M. Waite, PhD



I spent two years teaching at Gettysburg College, from 1995 to 1997, after which I move to Dallas, TX to become a member of the Physics Department at the University of Dallas.  I spent 4 years at UDallas before moving back east to become a member of the Physics Department at West Chester University, where I have been since 2001. 



I did my undergraduate studies at Gettsyburg College in Gettysburg, PA. Site of the famous Civil War Battle, and they don't let you forget it there!

After I left Gettysburg (the first time) I headed to the "Small Wonder," Delaware, to attend the University of Delaware for graduate school. My research dealt with diamond thin films, and other thin films. My primary research had to do with the initial nucleation and growth of diamond thin films on various materials. I was fortunate enough to study under Dr. S. Ismat Shah at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE. Dr. Shah and I published a number of letters and papers during my time in graduate school. He is now a full professor in the Departments of Material Science and Engineering as well as Physics at the University of Delaware. I finished my degree requirements in July of 1995 and headed back to Gettysburg.

Welcome to my homepage. My name is Matthew M. Waite, and I am an Associate Professor at the West Chester University, in West Chester, PA. I have been here since July of 2001.

During Fall Semester of 2011 I am teaching the following:

  1. 1)One section of PHY100 - Elements of Physical Science.  This course is a General Education course on basic physics which takes a more conceptual approach than most other intro physics courses.

  2. 2)The PHY170 - Physics I course which is the first of a two semester sequence of calculus based introductory physics for physics, chemistry, math, and other science majors.

  3. 3)The PHY330 - Electronics course which is a 1 semester, lab-based overview of basic electronics beyond the Physics II level.  We discuss AC circuits, op amps, and digital logic, amongst other topics. 

Updated:  October 4, 2011 by Matthew M. Waite:

We are hoping to offer Modern Physics Study Abroad during the first summer session of 2012.  Courses being offered will be PHY240 - Introduction to Modern Physics, and PHY480 - Special Topics in Nuclear and Particle Physics.  If there is enough student interest in these courses, we will try to offer them.