BSB D.311, (254) 710-2281 |

Professor

Chair of the Physics Department

Education

Ph.D. | Physics | Northwestern University | 1980 |

M.S. | Mathematics | Baylor University | 1992 |

M.S. | Physics | Northwestern University | 1977 |

B.A. | Physics | Rice University | 1975 |

**Biography**

Dr. Benesh is a native Texan, but came to Baylor in 1982 from a postdoctoral research position at the University of Cambridge, England. He earned his B.A. degree from Rice University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. Since January 2006, Dr. Benesh has served as Chairman of the Physics Department, having previously served as Director of Graduate Studies and as University Ombudsman. In his free time he enjoys playing racquetball, watching baseball games, and doing chores around his ranch.

**Academic Interests and Research**

Dr. Benesh's research interests include the electronic structure of solids, interactions at surfaces, and various types of embedding problems in which disruptions in otherwise perfectly-ordered systems are treated through the imposition of appropriate boundary conditions.

Recent Publications

"Homothetic Self-Similar Solutions of Three-Dimensional Brans-Dicke Gravity," joint with Anzhong Wang, *Gen. Relativ. Grav.* **39**, 277-289 (2007).

"Asymptotics of Solutions of a Perfect Fluid Coupled with a Cosmological Constant in Four-Dimensional Spacetime with Toroidal Symmetry," joint with Anzhong Wang, *Gen. Relativ. Grav.* **38**, 345-364 (2006).

"Approximating Infinite-k Representations: Surface Relaxations and Work Functions of Al(001) and Be(0001)," joint with Daniel Gebreselasie, *Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter ***9**, 8359-8368 (1997).

"Surface Embedded Green Function Calculation of Total Energy and Force: Application to Al(001) and Al(110)," joint with Daniel Gebreselasie, *Physical Review B* **54**, 5940-5945 (1996).

Current Graduate Students

David KatzFormer Graduate Students

Mark Mastin, M.S., 2007Roger Dooley, Ph.D., 2007

Xiaojiang He, M.S., 1998

Daniel Gebreselasie, Ph.D., 1995

Lalantha Liyanage, Ph.D. 1993

William Bridgman, M.S. 1992

Derick Wristers, M.S. 1989

John Pingel, M.S. 1989

Joseph Sams. M.S. 1987

John Hester, M.S. 1985

Rex Godby, Ph.D. 1984

Courses Taught

PHY 1405 - General Physics for BA Students

PHY 1408 - Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences I

PHY 1409 - Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences II

PHY 1420 - General Physics I

PHY 1430 - General Physics II

PHY 2340 - General Physics III

PHY 3330 - Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

PHY 3372 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics I

PHY 3373 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics II

PHY 4372 - Introductory Solid State Physics

PHY 5340 - Statistical Mechanics

PHY 5342 - Solid State Physics

PHY 5360 - Mathematical Physics I

PHY 5361 - Mathematical Physics II

PHY 5370 - Quantum Mechanics I

PHY 5371 - Quantum Mechanics II

PHY 5V95 - Graduate Research

PHY 5V99 - Thesis

PHY 6V99 - Dissertation