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Phone: 972-883-2234
Mail Stop: FN 31
Location: FA 3.104 (directions)

If you have questions or comments about this page, please contact Tamra Jackson.

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Hooding Ceremony

  • Fall 2015: Thursday December 17, 2015

Dates and Deadlines - May NOT conduct Final Oral Exam when the University is closed. All deadlines are at Noon.

Fall 2015 - PhD

  • September 1, 2015
    Graduation Application Deadline for Fall 2015.
  • September 21 - 22, 2015
    Dissertation Formatting Sessions
  • November 2, 2015 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to request a final oral exam.
  • November 16, 2015
    Last day to hold a final oral exam.
  • November 30, 2015 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to submit final dissertation copies (Copy Center Pricing)

Fall 2015 - Master's

  • September 1, 2015
    Graduation Application Deadline for Fall 2015.
  • December 7, 2015 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to submit final thesis copies (Copy Center Pricing)

InAbsentia Deadlines

  • InAbsentia for those Fall 2015 candidates who did not make the deadlines.
  • December 10, 2015 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to request a final oral exam.
  • January 11, 2016
    Last day to hold a final oral exam.
  • InAbsentia - January 25, 2016 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to submit final dissertation & thesis copies.
DISCLAIMER: All dates and deadlines are subject to change.

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Austin J. Cunningham

  • Dean of Graduate Studies; Professor, Physics
  • Specializations: Ion-electron recombination processes, ion-molecule reactions, hight temperature and pressure gas kinetics, ultraviolet spectroscopy.
  • Ph.D.: Belfast University, 1969
  • Phone: 972 883 2234
  • Office: FA 3.104 (Dean's)
  • Mail stop: FN 31 (Dean's)
  • Email:

    Research: Research in atomic and molecular physics is directed towards a detailed understanding of the collisions and interactions of ions with atoms and molecules, and electrons and photons in a wide variety of plasma environments. In progress are studies of (a) reactions of excited states in plasma etching environments, (b) growth and stability of cluster ions at low temperature, (c) ultraviolet spectroscopy of multiply-charged ions and (d) reactions of ions and electrons at elevated temperatures. Facilities used in support of this work include optical spectrometers, high voltage discharge cells, pulsed and continuous lasers, computer-controlled fast data acquisition systems, and magnetic sector mass spectrometers. Such capabilities allow detailed examination and adjustment of the plasma environments of interest and simulation of such weakly ionized plasmas as found in the ionospheres of planets, laser discharges and fusion plasmas.

    Has been a member of the U.T. Dallas faculty since 1972.
    Assistant professor Physics 1972-75
    Associate professor Physics 1975-1984
    Served as Program Head in Physics 1975-78
    Assistant, Associate Dean Graduate Studies 1978-1994
    Professor Physics 1984
    Dean Graduate Studies 1994

    Since 1972 has served as
    1981-1991 UTD Patricia Roberts Harris (PRH) Coordinator
    1991-93 PRH Southwest Region Coordinator
    Chair and Vice Chair of Commencement Committee,
    University Marshall
    President, and member Sigma Xi Society, U.T. Dallas Club and Chapter
    UTD Ford, Fullbright and NSF Foundation coordinator
    Faculty representative on Council of Governmental Relations (NAS)
    Coordinator of orientation programs for TAs, New Faculty, Lecturers, ESL
    Membership on university committees on Distance Learning, Educational Policy,
    Safety, Housing Advisory, Scholarship, Intellectual Property, radiation safety.

    Primary area of research interest is in the examination and exploitation of low energy collisional and radiative processes in plasmas of planetary, processing and laser interest using mass and optical spectroscopies.

    Primary areas of teaching for Austin are in Modem Physics, Atomic and Molecular Processes, Atomic and Molecular spectroscopy and Physical Measurements.

    More information about the Physics Department.