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The Dean's Corner

Dr. Isi Ero-Tolliver, Interim Dean

Dr. Isi Ero-Tolliver

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students in the School of Science, We welcome you to our website. The School of Science is committed to achieving excellence in its educational programs, and our departments and programs provide:

  • Formalized instruction;
  • Hands-on research experiences;
  • Didactic and clinical experiences for professional programs;
  • Technical training for prospective commissioned officers in the United States Navy, Marine Corps or Navy Nurse Corps; and
  • Outreach opportunities.

The School of Science prepares its students for futures in industry and academia. In addition to learning in the classroom, students are encouraged to participate in summer internships or research programs. Students can then present their research at scientific conferences where they can meet and network with scientists and other students in similar disciplines, as well as with recruiters from industry, government, scientific laboratories and graduate schools. The School of Science also provides academic preparation for students contemplating health careers through programs in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics.

School of Science faculty members and researchers conduct nationally and internationally recognized research in fields such as atmospheric and planetary sciences, medical physics, cancer imaging, and cancer research. The School of Science also excels in nuclear, particle, and optical physics, and is currently exploring the fields of material science, nanotechnology, and alternative fuels and energy. Research has already resulted in tangible applications such as the launch of weather satellites, the development of an imaging device for breast cancer, and numerous patents in the areas of medical instrumentation, optical physics and holographic storage.

Additionally, the School of Science hosts a number of exciting summer programs for middle school, high school, college, and graduate students, as well as middle and high school teachers and college faculty. Each program has a unique aim, but all share the common goal of utilizing the resources of the School of Science and external sources to enrich the educational and research experiences and the academic strengths of their participants.

Faculty of the Month

Dr. Halima Ali, Professor, Department of Mathematics
Dr. Halima Ali is an internationally recognized fusion researcher. She has won research grants in fusion for last twenty years from US Department of Energy. She has also won grants to provide research experiences, mentoring and training to high school and undergraduate students in fusion science. She has made her name for her outstanding work on creation of second order barriers inside chaos in Hamiltonian systems. She integrates her research into her teaching.

She is one of the recipients of 2011-12 E. L. Hamm, Sr. Distinguished Teaching Award. For many years, she has ably led the Applied Math graduate program. She has been a thesis advisor to many MS Applied Math theses. She has also served in many MS thesis committees in math department and in a number of PhD thesis committees outside of HU. In February this year, one of the students that she has co-mentored with Dr. Punjabi, Mr. Larry Luster, a Chemical Engineering major in HU, won the Modern Day Technology Leader Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2021 Black Engineer of the Year STEM Award Conference. She has published most of her refereed papers in world’s best journal in plasma physics, Physics of Plasmas. She has authored/co-authored many contributed papers at the annual meetings of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics (APS DPP), most of which are co-authored with HU undergraduate and graduate students. She has regularly presented and published papers at the European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics in France, UK, Germany, Italy, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, Greece, Bulgaria and other countries.