Steven H. Morgan, Ph.D.

Steven H. Morgan, Ph.D.

Dr. Steven H. Morgan is currently Professor of Physics in the Life and Physical Sciences Department at Fisk University. He grew up near Chattanooga, Tennessee and received his early education in the local public school system. Morgan received his undergraduate training in physics from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee, graduating in 1974, and his Ph.D. in physics from Vanderbilt University in 1981. While a Vanderbilt graduate student, he did his PhD thesis research at Fisk in the Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Enrique Silberman. After receiving his PhD, Morgan started out as a Research Associate in the Physics Department and became full Professor in 2000. He was chair of the Physics Department from 1998 until 2010 and chair of the newly formed Life and Physical Sciences department from 2010 until 2017.
Dr. Morgan has maintained an active research program during most of his career at Fisk. His research interests involve the development of new optical materials for applications in the areas of lasers, scintillators, waveguide devices and biosensors. He has authored or co-authored 76 presentations at national or international scientific meetings, and 81 refereed publications in the scientific literature and has directed research projects supported by NASA, the National Instituted of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). His most recent project, funded by NSF, was the development of a new introductory physics curriculum for life science students.