Who’s Who in the Sciences

Matthew Koss, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics

Matthew Koss, associate professor of physics, applies serious science to baseball. A condensed matter materials physicist, Koss has spent much of his career studying how metals form, both on Earth and, through NASA-funded research, in space. These days, however, he has a new research interest: the physics of baseball. It turns out that there has been insufficient sophisticated scientific attention paid to the details of speed and rotation rate on a baseball. As Koss explains, “Students who have had one year of physics can fully participate in this research. One of my goals is to teach them the difference between simple declarative knowledge and operative knowledge, which they can actually use to do things. The physics of baseball is great for developing that.”