Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus Jerry Hinnefeld is a nuclear physicist, managing director for the IU South Bend Astronomical Observatory and frequent host for IU South Bend’s “Meet the Stars” public observing events. For many years he taught a physics course on energy and climate for non-science majors.
His interests are in nuclear astrophysics and the structure of nuclei near the neutron dripline, and he represents IU South Bend in the MoNA collaboration.
He has been a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at IU South Bend since 1991, where he also served as acting assistant dean of the Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1995 to 1997, department chair from 2003 to 2012 and 2016-17, and interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from January to June 2017. During the 1998-99 academic year, while on sabbatical, he had a visiting appointment at the Institut de Physique Nucléaire, of the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.
Areas of Expertise
Astronomy, astrophysics, nuclear physics, physics of energy and climate.