Todd Pedlar has been a professor in the Physics department since 2003. Some of his course topics include Classical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Nuclear and Particle Physics, and Thermal Physics. He also teaches in our common first year course for all students: Paideia: Enduring Questions.
His research is in elementary particle physics, and he is a member of the Belle and Belle II collaborations: international teams that operate experiments at KEK, the National High Energy Research Organization in Tsukuba, Japan. The below video introduces the Belle II experiment on which Dr. Pedlar works, which will start taking data in 2018:
Dr. Pedlar and his students are supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. He has won four consecutive three-year grants from the Elementary Particle Physics subdivision of the Mathematics and Physical Sciences division of the NSF. The latest grant, covering 2015-2018, is in the amount of $150,561.
This grant will continue to fund summer and academic-year research projects for him and for his students, travel to KEK for meetings and for the operation of the Belle II experiment, which began commissioning in early 2016. He and his students also regularly present the results of their work at both undergraduate conferences, the annual meetings of the American Physical Society, and international conferences.
Three of Dr. Pedlar's last five research students (graduating between 2012 and 2015) have gone on to Ph. D. programs in physics (at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, and Virginia Tech). Of the other two students, one has received an MS in statistics from the University of Minnesota, and the other plans to transition from his Luther Physics degree to attend medical school.