Michael Wood, PhD Associate Professor, Departmental Chair, Director of Pre-Engineering Program

Michael Wood, PhD


  1. The Catholic University of America, B.S.
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.S.
  3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D.


Dr. Wood's research spans low-energy nuclear physics to intermediate-energy nuclear/particle physics.  For his doctoral thesis he studied two and three body effect in proton-deuteron scattering at an energy below the deuteron breakup value.  For his postdoctoral work, he searched for medium modifications of the rho, omega, and phi mesons inside heavy nuclei.  His current activities include the hadronization of the omega and f1 mesons as well as a search for dark matter particles in accelerator experiments.  He is a member of the CLAS Collaboration in Hall B at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF).   He has published papers in Physical Review LettersPhysical Review C, and The Physics Teacher. For the Honors program, he teaches a course on the "Theory of Almost Everything", an introduction to the unification of all fundamental forces

Dr. Wood has experience in charged-particle accelerators, low-vacuum systems, thin-flim target fabrication, and particle detectors.  In addition, he utilizes large-scale computations for data analyses and has experience with various operating systems, such as Windows, MacOSX, and a few flavors of Linux.