Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Matthew S. Povich


I joined the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Cal Poly Pomona in Fall 2012. Cal Poly Pomona is an Hispanic-serving, predominantly-undergraduate institution. My department currently has ~10 full-time, tenure-track faculty, graduates ~20 Physics majors per year, and enrolls well over a thousand science and engineering majors each quarter in our introductory physics courses. Recently we established an Astronomy minor option offered through our department. My colleagues and I therefore teach a broad and deep curriculum of physics and astronomy courses. In my astronomy research, I use multiwavelength (primarily infrared and X-ray) observations and modeling to study large-scale star-forming complexes in our Milky Way Galaxy. I am currently the Lead Scientist of the Milky Way Project.

The pace of discovery in astronomy over the last century has been head-spinning. I am fortunate, as a researcher, to have the opportunity to work at the frontiers of knowledge. For non-specialists, the imagery and philosophical implications of modern astronomy are extraordinarily compelling, while the language used by scientists to describe their discoveries in professional literature can be impenetrable. I strive to bridge the gap between professional scientists and everyone else through teaching and public outreach. In my classroom, I employ teaching strategies based on current education research, and students are challenged to take an active role in shaping their own learning experience. Beyond the classroom, I have presented at numerous public astronomy events and star parties.

On this website, you will find information on my research and teaching activities, as well as some personal stuff about me. Selected papers, talks, and posters I have written and developed are available for download. If you have questions or interest in my work, please contact me using the information below.




Website designed and developed by Kerean Grant Povich.

Material on this site is based partly upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grants AST-0901646, AST-1411851, and CAREER-1454333. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.

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