Physics Department
Science Building
CPO 1932
P: (859)-985-3301
Physics Department, Berea College

Troy C. Messina

Associate Professor of Physics (at Berea since 2014)
University of Texas at Austin, B.S.,1996; M.A., 1999, Ph.D., 2002
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information
tel: 859.985.3326
CPO 2191
Troy Messina drumming

Academic Portfolio

Materials submitted for pre-tenure review

Teaching Statement
Advising and Mentoring


Appendix 1: Course Information

Appendix 2: Tenure Conversion Letter

Appendix 3: Physics 127 Midterm Evaluations

Appendix 4: Syllabi
General Physics 2 with Algebra, PHY 128, Spring 2015
Modern Physics 2, PHY 321, Spring 2015
General Physics 1 with Algebra, PHY 127, Fall 2015
Advanced General Laboratory, PHY 341, Fall 2015
Thermal Physics, PHY 365, Fall 2015
Introductory Physics 1 with Calculus, PHY 221, Spring 2016
Introduction to Solid State Physics, PHY 385, Spring 2016
Introductory Physics 2 with Calculus, PHY 222, Fall 2016
Modern Physics 2, PHY 321, Fall 2016
Advanced General Laboratory, PHY 341, Fall 2016
Introductory Physics 1 with Calculus, Physics 221, Spring 2017
Biophysics, PHY 386/BIO 386, Spring 2017

Appendix 5: Grants
NASA KY Space Grant - Advanced Lab Curricular Development Grant
Jonathan F. Reichert - Award Letter, Application to support advanced lab development
Kentucky Academy of Sciences - Atomic Force Microscope

Appendix 6: Publication Manuscripts
An undergraduate laboratory activity on molecular dynamics simulations,
  B. Spitznagel, P. Pritchett,T. C. Messina, M. Goadrich, and J.Rodriguez,
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 44, 130-139 (2016).

Modeling Diffusion Using Coin Flips to Predict the Outcome of an Experimental Activity,
  G. Q. Butcher, J. Rodriguez, S. Chirhart, and T. C. Messina,
BioScene 42, 3-7 (2016).

in-silico methods for analyzing mutagenesis targets,
  T. C. Messina, In Vitro Mutagenesis: Methods and Protocols, Springer Publishing,
  Ed. Andrew Reeves, pp. 199-226 (2017).

Research Project Flavors

Berea students: Contact me in person or by email if you want to work in my lab!
  • Development of a low-cost atomic force microscope
  • Proteins - experimental fluorescence techniques and computational molecular dynamics
  • Materials Physics - high entropy magnetic alloys

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Physics, Berea College, 2014-present
  • Associate Professor of Physics and Biophysics, Centenary College of Louisiana, 2007-2014
  • NIH NRSA Ruth L. Kirschstein Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University, 2003-2007
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics, Princeton University, 2003
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Physics, 1995-2002
  • Semiconductor Research Intern, International 300 mm Initiative/International Sematech, Austin, TX, 1997-2000
  • Contract Scientist, Xidex Corporation, Austin, TX, 1999-2000

Personal Interests