Photo: Matthew CochranMatthew Cochran, Ph.D.

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




Dr. Cochran’s doctoral work involved empirical research on the learning and teaching of physics.  He has conducted published research on conceptual understanding and reasoning ability before, during, and after instruction in specific physics topics.   Dr. Cochran joined Chaminade in 2009 and has revitalized the physics discipline, incorporating many new technologies and restarting the Physics Club, the Physics minor, and service with the Hawaii Physics Olympics.  In the past, he has worked as an Oceanography researcher at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and as an instructor at Kauai Community College.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Physical Society, and the American Association of Physics Teachers where he has served as President of the Hawaii Chapter.


B.S. in Physics from Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA;  M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

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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