Photo: Matthew CochranMatthew Cochran, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Physics
Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: (808) 739-8361




Research History

Dr. Cochran’s doctoral work studied pre-melting of ice-solid interfaces, and involved atomic force microscopy dissection of the flow characteristics of these quasiliquid interfaces at different temperatures. During his time at University of Washington, Dr. Cochran became active in UW’s renowned Physics Education Group, conducting published research into physics pedagogy, learning and assessment. In particular, he developed course modules and delivered intensive courses in the use of inquiry-based instruction in the undergraduate physics laboratory.


Dr. Cochran joined Chaminade in 2009. In collaboration with Professor Eric Dodson, who joined Chaminade at the same time, Dr. Cochran has revitalized the physics discipline at Chaminade, incorporating many new technologies and utilizing our new facilities to their fullest potential. Dr. Cochran teaches courses from the Physics of Astronomy to calculus, and calculus-based University Physics. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Physics., University of Washington, Seattle, WA
M.S., Physics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
B.S., Physics, Grinnell College, IA

Selected Publications

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