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Faculty Profiles

Brice Smith

Graduate Program Coordinator for the PSM in Sustainable Energy Systems

Brice Smith, associate professor of physics, holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.S. in physics from Washington University in St. Louis. He received the Buechner Teaching Prize for outstanding contributions by a graduate student to the educational program of the MIT Department of Physics. He is the author of a number of works on nuclear power, sustainable energy and energy policy, including the 2006 book Insurmountable Risks: The Dangers of Using Nuclear Power to Combat Global Climate Change

Smith has testified before the Georgia Public Service Commission and worked on expert reports for interveners, appearing before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. He has presented at more than two dozen conferences and events on energy-related issues across the U.S. as well as internationally. Prior to joining the SUNY Cortland faculty, Smith worked as a senior scientist at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, Md., and before that as an embedded software engineer working on aircraft electric power systems at Sundstrand Aerospace. 

Moataz Emam

Department Chair

Moataz Emam, associate professor of physics, holds a Ph.D. in theoretical high energy physics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics as well as a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Cairo University, Egypt. He received the Arthur R. Quinton Teaching Award for outstanding performance from the physics department at UMass Amherst.

Emam has extensive experience in the field of civil engineering, where he had worked for several years in structural analysis and design as well as supervising the construction of steel and reinforced concrete projects. He is the author of 12 papers in the field of string theory that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and is the editor and co-author of the book Are we there yet? The search for a Theory of Everything published by Bentham Science Publishers in 2011.