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 QuarkNet 2001 photo                            An interesting use of units                      
(click on photos for enlarged version)

Fredrick I. Olness

Professor Department of Physics

Department Chair, (2001-2007; 2010 -- 2015)

Co-Spokesperson, CTEQ Collaboration (2010 - 2014)

2010 Dedman Distinguished Professor

DESY Theorist of the Week: March 2010

2009-2010: President, SMU Faculty Senate

2009 SMU Ford Fellowship Recipient

Director of the Dallas Regional Science Fair (2000-Present)

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

2005 American Physical Society Fellow

2000 Recipient, President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award

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

SMU Faculty Senate: Temporary Document Repository

 Detailed Research Interests:

 Mathematica for Physics:

 FTP Area

 Graduate Admission Information:

Personal Science Interests:

  QuarkNet Project

 Public Lectures & Demonstrations:

 Physics Courses:

 This space for rent

Fred's Research Related Pages

The Future of QCD at the Tevatron:

P5-A: Parton Distributions, Spin and Resummation Sub-Group

E1-C: Retro/Exotic Neutrino Interactions

E4-B: Snowmass 2001: Hadron Benchmarks Working Group

The CTEQ Pedagogical Page

Phone & Address:

Mailing Address:

Fredrick Olness 
SMU   Physics, Box 0175
Dallas, TX  75275-0175

Courier Address:

Fredrick Olness
3215 Daniels Ave. 
Fondren Science Building, Rm.102
Dallas, TX  75275-0175


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 April 2011; subject to disclaimer.

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, and News of Outreach Projects:

The SMU QuarkNet Project:

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

Science By Mail:

SMU Physics Department News:

Undergraduate  Information:

Graduate Admission Information:

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."

Physics Circus Pictures Here

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

Excerpt from SMU Daily Campus:  Friday, March 30, 2001, "SMU brings science to kids" by Reed M. Johnson

Mathematica for Physics:  

by R. Zimmerman & F. Olness


English Edition                              Japanese Edition                2nd Edition


Mathematica for Physics:


Physics Courses:

FTP Area

E-Mail: olness@smu.edu

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