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Christopher Bassey, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Mathematics and Physics
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6532
Christopher Bassey, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of experience teaching and conducting research in physics, and is a three-time recipient of the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers award. His research interests include interaction of electromagnetic waves with living systems, dielectric spectroscopy, water measurements in porous media, and sensor developments for scientific and industrial applications.


Ph.D., University of Ilorin
M.Sc., University of Ilorin
B.Sc., University of Calabar


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Mathematics and Physics


  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Biophysics
  • Dielectric Spectroscopy
  • Engineering Physics
  • Medical/Health Physics
  • Sensor Development

Courses Taught

PHYC 110 – Principles of Physical Science
PHYC 111 – Physical Science Laboratory
PHYC 151 – Physics for Life Sciences I
PHYC 152 – Physics for Life Sciences II
PHYC 161 – Physics for Science and Engineering I
PHYC 263 – Physics for Science and Engineering III
PHYC 281 – Statics
PHYC 282 – Dynamics
PHYC 284 – Materials
PHYC 361 – Electricity and Magnetism
PHYC 490 – Physics Seminar
PHYC 101 – Introduction to Engineering

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Bassey, Christopher and Simpson, Gregory R. "Microwave Sensors for Reducing Aircraft Icing Hazards," paper presented at the Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists, and National Society of Hispanic Physicists, San Jose, 2006

Bassey, Christopher and Simpson, Gregory R. "Aircraft Ice Detection Using Time Domain Reflectometry with Coplanar Sensors," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, 2007

Bassey, Christopher and Simpson Gregory. "Microwave Sensors for Aircraft Icing Detection," paper presented at the NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, 2005

Bassey, Christopher and Culver, John P. "Mobile Communication Devices and Human Health," paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists, Atlanta, 2003

Bassey, Christopher. "A Dielectric Biosensor for Wate," poster presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of American Biophysical Society, San Francisco, 2002

Hook, W.R., Ferre, T.P.A., Livingston, N.J., Bassey C.E., and Stuchly, S.S. "The Effects of Salinity on Accuracy and Uncertainty of Water Content Measurement." Soil Science Society of America Journal, Vol. 68, (2005): 47-56, erratum 69:31a.

Bassey, C. E. and Van der Meer, B. W. "Microwave Biosensors for Moisture Content Measurements." Recent Research Developments in Biophysics, Transworld Research Network, Trivandrum, India, Vol. 3, (2004): 247-265.

Bassey, C. E. and Simpson, G. R. "Aircraft Ice Detection using Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) with Coplanar Sensors." Proceedings of IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, (2007): 1-6.

Bassey, C. E. and Simpson, G. R. "A Comparison of the Coplanar Waveguide (CPW) and Conductor-Backed Coplanar Waveguide (CBCPW) for Use as Aircraft Ice Sensors." Proceedings of IEEE AP-S International Symposium, Albuquerque, (2006): 821-824.

Bassey, C. E. and Barnard, J. "Planar Transmission Lines for Soil Water Measurements." Proceedings of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, Honolulu, (2007): 4268-71.

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Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07
Empire Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, 2004
Faculty Mentor Award from Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Minority Access to Research Careers Program (FASEB MARC), 2002

Special Interests and Activities

Reviewer, Soil Science Society of America Journal
Reviewer, Current Science Journal
Reviewer, Institution of Engineering Technology

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday, 8:40–9:30 a.m.

Office Location

Segerstrom Science Center, Room 109, West Campus