Chemical Physics Faculty


Jeffrey Fieberg

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John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry Chemistry Work Olin Hall—215 Work Phone: 859.238.5875

Jeffrey Fieberg joined the faculty at Centre College in 2005, was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 2008, and named the John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry in 2017. Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2005, he taught at Hillsdale College (1998–2001) and Georgetown College (2001–2005), where he won the John Walker Manning Distinguished Mentor and Teacher Award in 2003.

Raised in Kirkwood, Missouri, Fieberg graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in chemical physics from Centre College. He received his M.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas. His Ph.D. research focused on the photochemistry of molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. Fieberg has been published in such journals as Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of Chemical Physics, Surface Science, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions, Journal of Chemical Education and Applied Spectroscopy.

Fieberg’s current research interests are in technical art historical investigations of modernist paintings and analysis of artists’ materials. In 2011-2012, he participated as the first Sabbatical Leave Research Fellow in Technical Art History at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). Working in the Conservation Science Laboratory directed by Gregory Smith ’95, Ph.D., technical analyses of paintings from the IMA’s European collection were performed using x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman microspectroscopy, and infrared microspectroscopy. The paintings analyzed included Mysterious Departure by Giorgio de Chirico, Jupiter with Thunderbolt, attributed to a follower of Jacob Jordaens, and the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Undergrowth with Two Figures by Vincent van Gogh ( Fieberg frequently returns to the IMA, where he has helped to investigate the IMA’s Van Gogh painting, Landscape at Saint-Rémy.

Fieberg frequently teaches General Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, and Natural Science. Fieberg is an energetic teacher. In his introductory classes, he performs demonstrations almost daily in class. Fieberg has received several awards, including the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), the C. Eric Mount Jr. Student Appreciation Award (2007), the Outstanding Professor Award from Greek Life (2008 and 2009), and the David Hughes Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service (2010). He was named a Centre Scholar in 2008 and 2014. He was selected co-Most Dramatic Professor in Kentucky by Kentucky Monthly in 2010.

As a Centre student, Fieberg studied art, architecture and music abroad in Paris, Florence, Munich, and Amsterdam. Fieberg is a staunch advocate of the transformational experiences gained by studying abroad, and he has led both semester programs and short-term travel courses in Europe. Fieberg co-directed the Centre-in-London program in 2010 where he taught Chemistry in Art and British Scientists: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. Fieberg directed the Centre-in-Strasbourg program for the 2013-14 academic year and is directing the Strasbourg program for the 2017-18 academic year.

Fieberg’s signature class, Molecular Modernism, is a truly interdisciplinary mix of science and art. He has taught Molecular Modernism: Monet to Mondrian as a first-year studies course with field trips to museums and conservation labs in Washington D.C., Indianapolis and Chicago. For CentreTerms 2013 and 2017, he taught Molecular Modernism: Manet to Matisse as a three-week travel course in Paris and Southern France. In Strasbourg, Fieberg teaches Molecular Modernism: Manet to Marc, which includes visits to museums in France, Germany and Switzerland. In addition, Fieberg offers Chemical Analysis of Modernist Paintings as an upper-level elective for chemistry majors and minors.

Fieberg is highly active on campus; he has chaired the Chemistry Program, Natural Science Program, and the Committee on Tenure and Reappointment. He serves as the faculty advisor for the social fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In the past, he has served as the faculty liaison for the Centre softball team and as the faculty advisor for the American Chemical Society. Fieberg is heavily invested in community outreach as he frequently performs chemistry demonstration shows at local schools with Centre students.


File last updated: 9/8/17


Philip Lockett

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Professor of Physics Physics Work Olin Hall—13 Work Phone: 859.238.5395

Philip Lockett is professor of physics at Centre College. He has taught full-time at Centre since 1990 and had prior teaching assignments at the college from 1971-72 and 1980-84. In 2005 he received the Kirk Award for teaching excellence.

Dr. Lockett performs research in the field of astrophysics. He theoretically models astrophysical masers. These are intense beams of radio waves that are the radio frequency analog of lasers. Astrophysical masers are produced in a number of different astrophysical environments, such as star-forming regions, circumstellar envelopes of dying red giant stars, and supernova remnants. Successful modeling of the masers allows the physical conditions in these regions to be discovered. His research has involved Centre students.

He has received grants from the Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and Kentucky EPSCoR to purchase computer hardware and software essential for the conduct of his research. He has presented the results of his research at meetings of the American Astronomical Society and the Kentucky Association of Physics Teachers. He has published the results of his maser research in the Astrophysical Journal.

He received his B.A. in physics from Centre College, an M.S.E. degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

To read about Dr. Lockett’s published work, click here.


File last updated: 5/1/13


H. Edward Montgomery, Jr.

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Professor of Chemistry Chemistry Work Olin Hall—217 Work Phone: 859.238.5731

Ed Montgomery joined the Centre College faculty in 2000. Prior to that, he served 28 years on active duty in the United States Navy, retiring in October 1999 with the rank of Captain. Montgomery was principally assigned to construction, overhaul and repair of nuclear-powered submarines. He served on USS JOHN ADAMS (SSBN 620) Blue, at the Philadelphia and Charleston Naval Shipyards and on the materiel staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He also spent two years on the chemistry faculty of the United States Naval Academy where he taught general and physical chemistry.

In February 1985 Montgomery reported to the submarine tender USS PROTEUS (AS 19) in Guam as Repair Officer. During his tour, PROTEUS completed six Western Pacific deployments and won the Battle Efficiency “R.”

Returning from overseas duty in 1988, he was assigned to the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Groton, Connecticut, as Project Officer for construction of attack submarines. In March 1991 he transferred to Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters as Assistant Program Manager for attack submarine construction. While in this position, he was assigned additional duty with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration where he received a Group Achievement Award for his work on the Space Station Requirements Team.

In August 1994, Montgomery returned to Groton as the Supervisor of Shipbuilding. During his three years in command, six submarines were delivered to the Navy. These included the first SEAWOLF (SSN 21) class submarine and the final Trident submarine, USS LOUISIANA (SSBN 743). In 1997, his command was one of five Executive Department recipients of the National Partnership Council “Silver Eagle” for Labor-Management teaming.

His last assignment before retirement was Chief of Staff of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the Navy’s research, development, test and evaluation center for submarines, autonomous underwater vehicles and undersea weapons systems.

His military awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal and the Strategic Deterrent Patrol pin.

Montgomery’s research concentrates on theoretical chemistry with an emphasis on accurate calculation of the electronic properties of small quantum systems. Recognized as an expert on computational methods, he collaborates with research groups in India, Mexico, Russia, Hungary and Israel. His research has been published in the Journal of Chemical Physics, Physica Scripta, Physics Letters, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry Accounts and the Journal of Mathematical Physics and as invited book chapters in Theory of Confined Quantum Systems and in Electronic Structure of Quantum Confined Atoms and Molecules. He has also authored or co-authored educational papers on quantum chemistry in the Journal of Chemical Education, European Journal of Physics and The Chemical Educator. His publications include six papers written with undergraduate co-authors.

Montgomery also has a particular interest in using NASCAR as a means of introducing physics and chemistry to non-scientists and has incorporated this material in a first-year studies course.

A native of Lancaster, Kentucky, Dr. Montgomery graduated from Berea College in 1968 and earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Kentucky in 1971. He is also a graduate of the Submarine Officer Basic Course and the Program Management Course of the Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Montgomery is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Naval Submarine League, the Society of Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi.


File last updated: 8/9/16


Jason Neiser

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Associate Professor of Physics • Chair of Physics and Chemical Physics Programs Physics Work Olin Hall—16 Work Phone: 859.238.6036

Jason Neiser is an associate professor of physics, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2014. He joined the Centre faculty in 2006.

Neiser’s current research interests involve the design and construction of fiber lasers that are capable of producing pulses with a duration on the order of femtoseconds. Being built entirely from fiber, these lasers are typically more compact, more robust, and less expensive than alternative systems, while still delivering excellent beam quality and efficiency.

Neiser graduated summa cum laude from Centre College with degrees in physics and mathematics and earned a Ph.D. from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.

To read about Neiser’s 2010 summer optics research in New York, click here.


File last updated: 5/2/13