Linn Van Woerkom

Associate Provost & Director for University Honors & Scholars; Professor of Physics

Linn Van Woerkom was born and raised in Southern California where he attended University of Southern California for both undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics.  His graduate work centered on using multiple lasers to create highly excited atomic states in model two-electron atoms such as barium.  After obtaining his doctorate in physics, he spent three years at AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey as a postdoctoral researcher working on ultrashort pulse lasers, creating short pulse x-rays and studying photoionization of atoms.  Linn’s first “real” job was a staff physicist position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA building big, short pulse lasers for the nuclear weapons program.  This position did not offer him the chance to teach and so after two years he left for the Midwest and The Ohio State University in 1992.  His current research is in the area of high energy density physics or HEDP working on projects aimed at understanding the interaction of ultraintense laser fields with solids, particularly aimed at laser fusion energy applications.

Much of Linn’s career at Ohio State involved interactions with University Admissions as well as the Honors Program. In August 2010 Linn was appointed the Associate Provost & Director for the University Honors & Scholars Center. His office provides oversight and guidance for all Honors Programs across the university as well as the 14 Scholars Programs.

Professor Van Woerkom lives on 19 acres with his wife, two goats, six cats, two dogs, and five chickens. He enjoys farming hay, tinkering with old farm equipment, and working with his John Deere tractor.

  • M.A. - University of Southern California, 1984
  • B.S. - University of Southern California, 1982
  • Ph.D. - University of Southern California, 1987

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