Committee Members

Troy C. Messina, Chair (Term ending after WM2021)

Nathan D. Powers, Vice Chair (Term ending after WM2021)

Nancy Beverly (Term ending after WM2021)

Yongkang Le (Term ending after WM2021)

Paul M. Nord (Term ending after WM2021)

Sean P. Robinson (Term ending after WM2022)

Beth A. Cunningham, Ex Officio

Robert C. Hilborn, Ex Officio

Past Chairs

Mary Ann H. Klassen (2018)

Jonathan R. Mumford (2019)

Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer (2020)



  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.