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The Physics and Astronomy Advisory Board (PAAB) was established in 2006 . Its primary role, as approved by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is as follows: the Physics & Astronomy Advisory Board (PAAB) will advise & assist the Department of Physics and Astronomy with their stated mission of education, research, and service by contributing their time, talent, and financial support. Specifically, the PAAB shall:

  • assist and advise the Department in maintaining effective communication with alumni of the Department;
  • advise faculty and students on current and future trends in Physics and Astronomy;
  • assist and advise the Department on fund-raising efforts and aid in the identification of future sources of support;
  • assist with equipment and facility needs.

The PAAB was initially established with 6 members and met for the first time in Spring 2007. Board membership expanded annually until membership of 10 was attained in Spring 2010. In Spring 2013, the PAAB was restructured and expanded. It now includes a Board Chairperson and four subcommittees: Fundraising, Industry/Government Labs, Student Affairs, Alumni Relations. Each subcommittee has four members, including a chairperson, and a faculty liaison. Members of the Board can be communicated with by email either individually, using the addresses listed below after each bio, or by contacting the Department at physics@ku.edu.  Upon completion of a term, Board members are designated as Associate Members of the Board. The year for completion of their term on the Board is listed for each associate member below.
As of May 2015, the structure of the Board and its Subcommittees is as follows:

PAAAB  –  Mona Kessel - CHAIR


Fundraising  -  Tom Laming - Chair

Mike Allen

Rebecca Chaky

James Pintar

Daniel Tapia Takaki (Faculty Liaison)

Industry/Government Lab  – Colleen McKee – Chair

Lindley Johnson

Laura Stiles

Hui Zhao (Faculty Liaison)

Student Affairs - Doug McKay – Chair

Ron Gilliland

Brittany Krutty Henke (former grad student)

Chris Fischer (Faculty Liaison)

Alumni Relations – Joe Shields – Chair

Bruce Barrett

Ina Robertson

Steve Sanders (Faculty Liaison)


Kessel, Ramona L.
Alumni Advisory Board - CHAIR, Space Physicist NASA HQ, Washington, DC
Tom Laming
Sr. Vice President & Lead Portfolio Manager Scout Investments
Mike Allen
Issue Management Exxon-Mobil Corp.
Rebecca Chaky
Owner/CEO: Never Done Press, Retired as Principal Engineer, Boeing Corp.
Data Systems Manager- NOAO: retired
Alumni Advisory Board - ALUMNI RELATIONS: CHAIR , Professor, Physics & Astronomy Ohio University
Bruce Barrett
Professor of Physics, University of Arizona
Principal Engineer, Engineering Staff SES Engineering
Doug McKay
Professor Emeritus, Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas, Alumin Advisory Board: Chair - Student Affairs
6050E Malott Hall
VP for Product Engineering - Lockheed Martin Corporation, Retired
Professor Emeritus, Fundamental Technologies
Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Ohio State University
President, MTECH Laboratories, LLC
Associate Member, Alumni Advisory Board (2012), Physicist & Electrical Engineer, Retired
Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas, Associate Member, Alumni Advisory Board (2010)
4091 Malott Hall
Associate Member, Alumni Advisory Board (2010), Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Villanova University


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