Christopher Fasano

Pattee Professor and Chair, Physics and Engineering

Rm 154 Center for Science & Business 309-457-2387


One of Monmouth’s longest-tenured professors, Chris is chair of the physics and engineering department and is also the Martha S. Pattee Professor of Science. In addition to his teaching, Chris a very active researcher, recently spending a 16-month term with the Farmer’s Business Network to build models for complex agricultural systems used in the region.

Chris has received numerous awards for his work at the College, including the Hatch Service Award for distinguished faculty service, the Hatch Scholarship Award for distinguished scholarship and the Hatch Award for Teaching.

Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame and then a master’s degree and doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Chicago. He then spent four years as a post-doctoral physicist, studying at the prestigious Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen, Switzerland, and at the University of Pittsburgh.

Chris began his teaching career as a teaching assistant in the physics department at the University of Chicago. While there, Chris received the Gregor Wentzel Prize for excellence as a teaching assistant. He also taught at Francis Marion (South Carolina) University as an assistant professor of physics.


Theoretical Nuclear Physics

Computationally Intensive Problems of all sorts

High Performance Computing

Atmospheric Physics


B.S.— University of Notre Dame, 1983

M.S. — University of Chicago, 1987

Ph.D. — University of Chicago, 1989

Courses Taught

PHYS130: Physics I

PHYS132: Physics II

PHYS103: Astronomy