Mike Famiano

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Michael Famiano (Mike)
Chair and Professor of Physics
(269) 387-4936
1124 Everett Tower, Mail Stop 5252
Mailing address: 
Department of Physics
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5252 USA
  • Ph.D., Physics, The Ohio State University, 2001
  • B.S., Physics, University of Michigan, 1994
Teaching interests: 
  • Nuclear physics
  • Introductory physics sequence
  • Astrophysics
Research interests: 
  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Nuclear equation-of-state

Dr. Mike Famiano is a professor of nuclear astrophysics in the Department of Physics at Western Michigan University. After receiving his Ph.D., he worked as a fellow for the Science and Technology Agency of Japan at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research near Tokyo. He also held a post-doctoral position at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory in East Lansing, Michigan, before coming to WMU.

Famiano’s primary research interest is in stellar nucleosynthesis. This includes the formation of heavy elements in stellar explosions, and how this formation relates to the properties of the nuclei involved. He has worked as a visiting scientist at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan to study this rapidly evolving field.