Committee Members

Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer, Chair (Term ending after WM2020)
University of Colorado - Boulder
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA United States 98225
Phone: (360) 650-3153; Fax: (360) 650-2637

William B. Laing, Vice Chair (Term ending after WM2020)
Southern Adventist University
Box 370
4881 Taylor Circle
Collegedale, TN United States 37315
Phone: (423) 236-2662

Bei Cai (Term ending after WM2022)
Queen'S University
64 Bader Lane
Department of Physics,
Kingston, ON Canada K7L 3N6
Phone: 1-613-533-2694

Yongkang Le (Term ending after WM2021)
Fudan University
No. 220 Handan Road
Department of Physics, Fudan University
Shanghai, Shanghai China 200433
Phone: +862165642365

Troy C. Messina (Term ending after WM2021)
Berea College
101 Chestnut St
Physics Dept
Berea, KY United States 40403-0003
Phone: (859) 985-3326

Nathan D. Powers (Term ending after WM2022)
Brigham Young University
BYU Dept of Physics and Astronomy
N490 ESC
Provo, UT United States 84602
Phone: (801) 422-5393

Sean P. Robinson (Term ending after WM2022)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave
4-362 Dept of Physics
Cambridge, MA United States 02139-4307
Phone: (617) 253-5082

Billy C. Scannell (Term ending after WM2020)
University of Oregon
1274 University of Oregon
Dept of Physics
Eugene, OR United States 97403-1274
Phone: (541) 346-5256

Changgong Zhou (Term ending after WM2020)
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
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3311; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Past Chairs

Benjamin M. Zwickl (2017)

Mary Ann H. Klassen (2018)

Jonathan R. Mumford (2019)



  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.