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Matthew Edwards


  • Higher Ed: Science 


Since January 2002, Dr. Edwards has been a Professor of Physics at Alabama A&M University (AAMU), and served as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2007 to 2011. Prior to 2002, academic positions he held included associate professorships at Spelman College and Fayetteville State University, and a visiting associate professorship and adjunct faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh, and an assistant professorship at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He has held several summer-faculty-research positions at Government Labs: the ROME Air Force Research Lab, NASA Langley Research Lab, and the Naval Research Lab. Dr. Edwards is a Condensed Matter physicist with expertise in (1) Density Functional theory/Solitons Wave theory/Finite Element Methods, (2) the materials of electrooptics, (3) pyroelectric, resistivity, and dielectric properties of crystals and nano-particles doped organic thin films, and (4) STEM Education. Dr. Edwards has more than 48-refereed papers and journal proceedings and has made at least 55 professional and administrative presentations. He has guided five students to advanced degrees: three to the Ph.D., and two to the Master's degree, has served on more than 16 dissertation and thesis committees, and has peer-reviewed greater than 18 research manuscripts. Currently, he is guiding two Ph.D. degree students. He received the Ph.D. degree in condensed matter physics from Howard University, Washington, D.C., and has obtained numerous grants, honors and awards. He is the founding Director of IHSER (Institute of Higher Science Education and Research). Moreover, he sits on the Board of Directors of three science journals and one science education journal, and serves on the executive committee of the Alabama Academy of Science. 


Solid State Physics and Condensed Matter Physics; Finite Element Methods; Density Functional theory; Solitons 


(1) Padmaja Guggilla, Courtney Walker, Matthew Edwards, Ashwith Chilvery, Brian Thomas, "Dielectric Behavior of Lithium Tantalate (LiTaO3)/Poly (vinylidene fluoride)(PVDF) Nanocomposites Doped with MWCNTs", Advanced Science, Engineering and Medicine 9 (3), 204-208 (2017).

(2) M. Edwards, P. Guggilla, A. Reedy, Q. Ijaz, A. Janen, S. Uba, M. Curley, "Moderate temperature-dependent surface and volume resistivity and low-frequency dielectric constant measurements of pure and multi-walled carbon nanotube", SPIE Proceedings: Photonic Fiber and Crystal Devices: Advances in Materials and Innovations in Device Applications XI, Vol. 10382, 103820I (2017).
(3) ) Edwards, Matthew, "Creating and Using Mental Structures Via Piaget's Constructivism and Popper's Three Worlds View with Falsifiability to Achieve Critical Thinking by Students in The Physical Sciences, Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Vol. 15, No. 6, pages 130-134, 2017.