Mississippi College

Alumni of the Year


Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Hamilton, the 2010 Distinguished Physics Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Hamilton is the Landon C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University and just recently took part in the discovery of Element 117. Dr. Hamilton has published more than 950 papers and articles on nuclear physics worldwide, as well as additional articles on general scientific topics and teaching physics. He is the co-author of 14 research books, an undergraduate physics textbook, and How Things Work, a book for middle and high school students released by National Geographic. Dr. Hamilton has delivered nearly 500 lectures and talks and has been featured at research seminars at universities and international research conferences worldwide. He has served as a visiting professor or adjunct professor at universities in Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, China, and France. Dr. Hamilton has directed the postdoctoral training of more than 100 Ph.D. candidates, and for more than 20 years has given lecutres at K-12 schools designed to interest young people in science. Shown below is Dr. Hamilton (center) speaking with MC President Dr. Lee Royce (left) and School of Law Dean Dr. Jim Rosenblatt (right) after a recent lecture given by Dr. Hamilton at the Clinton campus. 


In 2009, our distinguished physics alumnus was Mr. Greg Tackett. Greg is Director of System Simulation and Development with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. He has worked for the Department of Defense since 1982 in the field of modeling and simulation (M&S) and is an international leader in the field both academically and professionally. His additional current positions include service as the U.S. national representative to the NATO Modeling and Simulation Group Panel on Conceptual Modeling for Military M&S; the U.S. Army representative to the International Technical Coordination Panel on network enabled weapon systems; and associate editor for the industry journals Transactions of the Society of Modeling and Simulation International and Journal for Defense Modeling and Simulation. In addition to his B.S. in Physics from MC, Greg completed graduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Alabama. Shown at left below is Greg receiving the award from longtime friend and MC Chemistry professor Dr. David Magers during the 2009 Homecoming Weekend festivities.