Constantine C. Coca


After just one year of studying physics at an university in Romania, Constantine, at the age of 19, escaped from communist Romania in 1979, and was awarded a political asylum from the U.N., and a visa to come to the U.S. Here, he worked  in different areas, especially in manufacturing, heat treating of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. After working for about 15 years in the private sector, the regime in Bucharest fell, and he desired to move back to his country, to fulfill his dream of translating and publishing Christian literature for the youth. He moved back to Romania for five years, and started a publishing house (, and a printing shop. Five years and fifty volumes later, he donated the facilities to a Christian school there, and moved back to the States.

After returning to the U.S., he came to work for Fisk University in 2006, first as a research assistant , where he specialized in setting up furnaces for crystal growth, and building devices for detector characterization. For the last four years, he is the Bridge coordinator on the Fisk side, and he enjoys helping the Bridge students in many aspects of their life in the program, and helps the program directors run the day to day activities smoothly.


Current Research Interests:
Fields: Materials Science and Applications
Areas: Crystal Growth, Detector testing and Fabrication


Journal of  Applied Physics, Volume 107, Issue 2
M. Groza, H. Krawczynski, A. Garson, J. W. Martin, K. Lee, Q. Li, M. Beilicke, Y. Cui, V. Buliga, M. S. Guo, C. Coca, A. Burger “Investigation of the internal electric field in cadmium zinc telluride detectors using the Pockels effect and the analysis of charge transient”.

Constantine C. Coca
Fisk/Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD Bridge Program Coordinator

Electro-Mechanical Design Drafting, Balin Institute of Technology, Tustin, CA – 1991
Architectural Design Drafting, MTI College, Santa Ana, CA – 1999
Presently working on a degree in Bible Theological Studies from an institute in Bucharest, Romania

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