College of Science

Nathan Tung

I came to Cal Poly Pomona in 2003 to study physics and was set to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 2007, but choose to stay an extra year to finish requirements for a math minor. In 2008 I graduated summa cum laude with a major in physics and minor in mathematics. 

The following year after graduating, the Cal Poly Physics Department hired me as a part-time lecture and I then taught several lower division physics labs. At the same time, I was also pursuing some research work with Cal Poly physics professor Dr. Antonio Aurilia investigating the unification of physics at the Planck scale.

In 2009, I moved on to graduate school to pursue a doctorate degree in physics at UCLA, where I am now. Through my early years in graduate school, I studied high energy particle physics including super symmetry and a little bit of string theory. Currently, however, my research revolves around astronomy/astrophysics and the study of dark matter.

I hope to finish my PhD in the next few years, and after that, it would be an honor and a pleasure to one day return to the Cal Poly Physics Department as a professor to teach and give back to the institution that has helped set me on my path.