Cathy Clewett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics
Office: Agriculture and Natural Sciences Building, Room 114G
Dr. Clewett joined the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering in 2010. She received a B.A. in physics from Grinnell College in 1994, an A.M. in physics from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998 and a Ph.D. in physics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2006.
Teaching and Related Service
Dr. Clewett teaches general physics and more advanced courses in physics. She is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, and the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Dr. Clewett is the author of over a dozen peer-reviewed publications, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Clewett has also advised four students in their senior thesis projects.
Research and Creative Activity
Dr. Clewett’s research interest is in materials science. She uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to characterize materials nondestructively. This is the same technology found in medical MRIs. Dr. Clewett has characterized diverse materials systems such as superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, archeological bones, organophosphate agents (chemical warfare agent simulants), carbon nanotubes, metal hydrides, and the dissolved organic material found in water produced from oil and gas wells. She is particularly interested in helping find new clean water sources and materials to be used in renewable energy.
Dr. Clewett enjoys cooking, eating, drinking, and playing with her husband and son, Don and Murphy. She enjoys gardening, the outdoors, and reading. As time allows, Dr. Clewett is also a semiprofessional harpist.