Faculty Research Interests
DR. MICHAEL J. NOLAN joined the Physics Department in 1984. He received his Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Chicago. After spending time in a post-doctoral position at Stanford University and as a professor at Iowa State University, he joined the faculty here at Millersville. Dr. Nolan is a theoretical physicist whose research interest include the thermodynamics of phase transitions, statistical mechanics, solid state physics, mathematical aspects of biological evolution, and computer simulations.
He has participated in an eclectic variety of student research including a measurement of gravity fluctuations due to lunar and solar perturbations, an analysis of the stability of rotating shafts, and the acceleration dynamics of a bicycle rider.