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Fredrick I. Olness

Professor Department of Physics

Dedman Distinguished Professor (2010--Present)

American Physical Society Fellow (2005)

SMU Department Chair: (2001-2007 & 2010-2015)

CTEQ Collaboration: Member (1992-Present); Co-Spokesperson, (2010-2014)

The Saturated Glue (SURGE) Collaboration: Member & Global Analysis Convener (2023-present)

LHeC & FCC-eh: PDF & QCD Study Group co-convener (2014-2022)

xFitter: open source QCD fit project Developer Team Member (2014-Present)

PITT PACC: Associate Member (University of Pittsburgh); (2017--Present)

Dallas Regional Science Fair Director (2000-2017); Volunteer (2017-present)

2017 Robert S. Hyer Award of the Texas Section of the American Physical Society for a mentor and graduate student (Eric Godat)

Director, SMU Summer STEM Research Program (2017--2020)

DESY Theorist of the Week: March 2010

2009-2010: President, SMU Faculty Senate      (Fall Address to the Senate)

2009 SMU Ford Fellowship Recipient

2007-08 Visiting Scientist, CERN Laboratory, Geneva, Switzerland

2007 Recipient, SMU "M" Award 
"This is the most highly coveted recognition given to students, faculty, staff, and administrators for service to the University."

2007 Sam Taylor Fellowship

2006 SMU Distinguished University Citizen Award

2000 Recipient, President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award

1997-98 Visiting Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL

1993 TNRLC SSC Fellowship

A short bio    or my full Curriculum Vitae in PDF    format.

Detailed Research Interests:

Mathematica for Physics:

FTP Area
Fred's 30 sec Web Tutorial: Personal Science Interests:

QuarkNet Project
SMU Physics Circus @ YouTube:
5min:        1min:
 Physics Courses: Video Collection

Phone & Address:

Mailing Address:
Fredrick Olness
SMU   Physics, Box 75-0175
Dallas, TX  75275-0175
Courier Address:
Fredrick Olness
3215 Daniels Ave.
Fondren Science Building, Rm.102
Dallas, TX  75205-1437
1+ (214) 768-2500
1+ (214) 768-4095

Parking Information:

Maps are at: http://smu.edu/maps/

Park in the Binkley Garage. Parking in other lots requires a parking pass which the department can provide in advance.
The fine print:  Information current as of Fall 2015; subject to disclaimer.

SMU Summer STEM Research Program: Glasgow & Dublin

SMU Summer STEM Research Program is an intensive summer research program for students in STEM fields. 2019 Programs are planned for the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and the University of Dublin, Ireland. The program provides intensive research experience, and this is highly desirable for scholarship applications and graduate school applications.

Research Interests:

My research is in elementary particle physics phenomenology, at the interface between theory and experiment. Specifically, I study Quantum Chromodynamics (the fundamental force that binds nuclei) to help answer the questions: What are the fundamental building blocks of nature, and what holds them together?

My work is supported in part by a DOE grant, and I have received continuous funding since 1992.  I was awarded an TNRLC/SSC Fellowship in 1993, and am an active member of the CTEQ collaboration--a novel collaboration of theorists and experimentalists.

I was elected an APS Fellow in 2005 for "For significant contributions to understanding nucleon structure and heavy quark production in perturbative quantum chromodynamics."  Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the then current membership of the Society are recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in The American Physical Society.

Here is a list of my publications.

Video, Audio & News of Outreach Projects:

The SMU QuarkNet Project:

Bringing the excitement of High Energy Physics to high school science students.

SMU Physics Department News:

Public Lectures & Demonstrations:

 "The demonstrations were wonderfully choreographed and established visual images with many of the fundamental interactions in physics," said Shalini Nair, [WISE] club president and electrical engineering major. "These demonstrations will provide a basis for understanding that the girls can call upon throughout their years in school."
Excerpt from SMU Daily Campus:  Friday, March 30, 2001, "SMU brings science to kids" by Reed M. Johnson

Physics Circus pictures here and video here

Description of Physics Circus from Dedman Newsletter (PDF format, 61K)

Mathematica for Physics: and at Amazon

by R. Zimmerman & F. Olness

English Edition                              Japanese Edition                2nd Edition

Mathematica for Physics:

Physics Courses:

Course Archive: (selected listings)

Fred's FTP Area

E-Mail: olness@smu.edu

SMU Physics Page

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