Dr. Caitlin Williams | Hastings College

Dr. Caitlin Williams

Assistant Professor of Physics
Morrison-Reeves Science Center

Dr. Williams joined the Hastings College faculty in 2015 and is passionate about the closely-knit, undergraduate-focused college environment. Working with other committed faculty members and getting to know each of her students are two of her favorite things about teaching at HC. 

She comes from the east coast, where she received her B.S. in physics from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, earned her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland, and taught for two years as a visiting assistant professor at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. Here at Hastings College, she teaches courses in introductory physics, modern physics, quantum mechanics, advanced laboratory, electricity and magnetism, and classical mechanics, along with the associated labs. 

Dr. Williams’ research interests include experimental chaos, synchronization, optics and optical communication, and random number generation. She collaborates with researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where she has spent two summers as a faculty research fellow studying photodiode nonlinearity.

In addition to her teaching and research interests, Dr. Williams has a deep appreciation for the arts and has been involved in music and dance most of her life. She also enjoys staying active in her church and buying vegetables from the Hastings farmer's market. If you visit her office, you will likely find her drinking green tea and listening to Latin music (both the sacred chant kind and the salsa dancing kind).