Br. Jesus Alonso, C.S.C., Ph.D.
Chair, Division of Natural Sciences
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
While at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, I was awarded a Presidential Award in my last year as an undergraduate. I have a doctorate in microbiology, and I have worked with Ebola and Marburg viruses as a researcher at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, TX, under the direction of Jean L. Patterson. In 2013, I published two peer-reviewed articles on my virus research.
When working with students, my main goal is to challenge them to become problem solvers. Facts in all fields of study are in continuous evolution, and students therefore must understand that texts provide the basis for future discovery. As an educator, I require my students to think about contemporary challenges in science which in turn would help them understand how they too can become contributors to scientific thought and understanding.
Martin Sulkanen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
My Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University led me to a post-doctoral fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a career in astrophysics with companies and organizations such as NASA Marshall Flight Center, Michigan Research and Development Center, and Leidos, Inc. Because of my lifelong fascination with the profound consequences of the basic principles of physics on our universe, I have studied binary star systems, galactic radio jets, and worked on NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory Project Science Team.
As a professor of physics and mathematics, I encourage my students to develop an intuitive understanding for physics to guide the understanding of further mathematical analysis: “don’t get lost in the equations!” My students have gone on to a variety of careers in places such as at Yale University, the International Space Station and the the US Patent & Trademark Office.
Yuhui Lu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
The study of chemistry is necessary for students who want to pursue a career in natural science, medical science, and engineering. It also helps liberal art students to improve their reasoning skills, understand scientific methodology, and gain deeper insight between human-nature relationships. I challenge all my students, regardless of background, to engage in logic, diligence, and self-discipline.
I have earned Ph.D.s in both chemistry and electrical engineering. I use this combination of disciplines to research nanoelectronics and single molecular devices with colleagues at the University of Notre Dame. I have also been a principal investigator of grants with the National Science Foundation, and undergraduate research supervisor. I am currently pursuing a variety of research opportunities for Holy Cross students.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
I have enjoyed teaching all age ranges of students, and I am proud of the successes that they have had. I love to take science out of the classroom, and in that pursuit, I have been a mentor/trainer for the Mechanical Universe Program, a mentor/trainer in a comprehensive conceptual curriculum for physics, and the Indiana Finalist for the NASA Teacher in Space program.
I encourage my students to be open minded and intensely curious, without fearing investing work to gain knowledge. The world will never be less mathematical, but Mother Nature is willing to share her secrets with those willing to learn.
Huiyuan Hu, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
CDR Dennis J. Vandenberg, USN (Ret.), CTP
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
Math inspires critical thinking, applies to real life management problems, and can helps students be more effective leaders. I like to make sure my students know that math isn’t just for classrooms, but has a place in the real world job market. If someone is motivated and committed, they can do anything they want with a degree in math.