Santa Clara University

Physics department

Phil Kesten

Philip R. Kesten

Associate Professor

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA 95053
(408) 554 - 4311 (voice)
(408) 554 - 6965 (fax)


Philip Kesten, Associate Professor of Physics, is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies.  Dr. Kesten earned his B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his Ph.D. in High Energy Particle Physics from the University of Michigan.  Dr. Kesten was a member of the experimental collaboration at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory that announced the discovery of the top quark in 1994.

Since joining the Santa Clara faculty in 1990 Dr. Kesten has served as Chair of Physics, Faculty Director of the ATOM and da Vinci Residential Learning Communities, Associate Provost for the Residential Learning Communities Program, and Director of the Ricard Memorial Observatory.  He has received awards for teaching excellence and curriculum innovation, including the 1999 David E. Logothetti Teaching Award and the 2006 Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence.  Dr. Kesten was Santa Clara’s Faculty Development Professor for 2004-2005, and was named the California Professor of the Year in 2005 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education.  Dr. Kesten is also co-founder of Docutek, A SirsiDynix Company, an Internet software company, and served as the Senior Editor for Modern Dad, a newsstand magazine.

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