Kettering University appoints new Physics Department Head

Dr. Dan Ludwigsen has been appointed Department Head of the Kettering University Department of Physics.

Dr. Dan Ludwigsen has been appointed Department Head of the Kettering University Department of Physics.

Ludwigsen has been a member of Kettering University’s Physics faculty since 2001. During that time, he has filled a variety of leadership roles, including serving as the Founding Chair of the Institutional Review Board (2011) and as Chair of the Thesis Committee of the Faculty Senate (2015). He helped lead the implementation of major changes in the thesis document, and the process for long-separated students who need only to complete the thesis for graduation. He has also served as the Associate Department Head for the Department of Physics since 2013.

The Physics Department Head reports directly to the Dean of the College of Sciences and Liberal Arts.

Dr. Dan Ludwigsen

“During his career at Kettering, Dr. Ludwigsen has distinguished himself as a committed teacher and researcher and a respected leader in the University community,” said Dr. James Zhang, Kettering University Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. “I am confident that he will be an excellent fit for this position and valuable asset for the Kettering University leadership team.”

Ludwigsen teaches Physics and Acoustics courses at Kettering. His research interests include acoustical modeling, interaction of duct flow with resonators and musical instruments of indigenous origin worldwide.

"Kettering University’s Physics Department has a track record of student-focused teaching and research, commitment to excellence and collegiality in collaboration,” Ludwigsen said. “I look forward to building on that foundation in the coming years. This is an exciting time at Kettering University, a time of growth and new initiatives, with new possibilities for applied science programs like ours in Physics. I have a real sense we are moving forward, and I'm eager to contribute to this momentum."

Ludwigsen earned a Ph. D. in Physics from Brigham Young University in 2001, and a B. A. in Physics and Music from Beloit College.