Stephen G. Alexander

Associate ProfessorStephen G. Alexander

Office: 204 Kreger Hall

Chief Departmental Advisor

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1977
M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1979
Ph.D. Physics, Pennsylvania State University 1990 
Joined Miami in 1993

Working with other Miami faculty, I developed and teach PHY191 & PHY192, General Physics with Lab 1 & 2. I also teach PHY111, Astronomy & Space Physics, and PHY311, Contemporary Astronomy, the third course in our thematic sequence, "Your Place in the Universe."

My group's research centers around computational astrophysics, where we attempt to solve astronomical problems employing computational physics. These problems have consisted of many issues associated with the formation of solar systems and the orbital and rotational evolution of planetary satellites. Recently, we adapted our codes to study self-bound gravitating systems like stellar clusters and galaxies. Here, we are simulating the motion of stars in Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies using an alternative to the dark matter paradigm, i.e. Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND).