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Committee Members

Mary Ann H. Klassen, Chair (2018)
Swarthmore College
Dept of Physics/Astronomy
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA United States 19081
Phone: (610) 328-8384; Fax: (610) 328-7895

Jonathan R. Mumford, Vice Chair (2018)
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles St - 366 Bloomberg Ctr
Physics Dept
Baltimore, MD United States 21218-2680
Phone: (410) 516-5183

Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer (2020)
University of Colorado - Boulder
Department of Physics UCB 390
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO United States 80309-0390
Phone: 13034928759

Michelle Milne (2019)
18952 E.Fisher Road
St. Mary'S City, MD United States 20686-3001
Phone: (240) 895-4329

Billy C. Scannell (2020)
University of Oregon
1274 University of Oregon
Dept of Physics
Eugene, OR United States 97403-1274
Phone: (541) 346-5256

Steve Spicklemire (2018)
University of Indianapolis
1400 E Hanna Ave
Dept of Physics/Earth-Space Sci
Indianapolis, IN United States 46227
Phone: (317) 788-3313; Fax: (317) 788-3569

Robert J. Weber (2019)
St. Augustine High School
3266 Nutmeg Street
San Diego, CA United States 92104
Phone: (619) 282-2184

Ralf Widenhorn (2018)
Portland State University
1719 SW 10th #134
Dept of Physics PO Box 751
Portland, OR United States 97201

Changgong Zhou (2020)
Lawrence Tech Univ
21000 W Ten Mile Rd
Southfield, MI United States 48075-1058
Phone: (248) 204-3657

Robert C. Hilborn, Ex Officio
Office of the Executive Officer
Associate Executive Officer
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3311; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Rachel Sweeney, Staff Liaison
American Association of Physics Teachers
Office of the Executive Officer
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3304; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Past Chairs

Mark E. Reeves (2015)

Heather Lewandowski (2016)

Benjamin M. Zwickl (2017)



  1. To provide a focal point (forum) for communication and unification of laboratory topics and activities of mutual interest to area committees, to high school teachers, to two-year College teachers and to University teachers. This shall include but not be limited to the dissemination of information about innovative ideas, technology, and techniques pertaining to physics laboratories.
  2. To promote cooperation, discussion and coordination among pre-high school, high school, two and four-year College, and University teachers as they define the nature and Department of the physics laboratories necessary to build a reasonable foundation for successive levels of student achievement in physics.
  3. To provide assistance to the Executive Board and AAPT Council in developing policy statements and recommendations A) on the importance and use of the laboratory in physics education and teaching at all levels, and B) on safety issues related to laboratories.
  4. To stimulate the development of new or improved apparatus and experiments for physics laboratories.
  5. To provide guidance and support for the professional development of all laboratory personnel, including A) faculty, B) teaching assistants, and C) professional resource managers.