Dennis Ugolini has been a member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty since 2003. He teaches a wide variety of introductory and upper-division laboratory and lecture courses, as well as a first-year seminar on pseudoscience and critical thinking.
His research centers on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), a pair of 4-kilometer-long detectors in Washington and Louisiana, designed to measure changes in the curvature of space due to the motion of astronomical objects like black holes and neutron stars. Through funding from the National Science Foundation, Ugolini and ten former and current students have worked on improving the sensitivity of the interferometers, helping them see farther out into the universe.
Introduction to Mechanics
Introduction to Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves
First-Year Seminar: Science vs. Pseudoscience
Community service & Involvement
Giving talks at San Antonio area schools, such as the Science Lecture Series at O'Connor High School.
Since 2002, serving as a lecturer for the Research Science Institute (RSI) research internship program for talented and science-focused rising high school seniors.