Professor, School of Physics
Michael F. Schatz is a professor in the School of Physics. Schatz grew up on a cattle ranch near Eagle Butte, South Dakota, on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. He majored in physics at the University of Notre Dame, receiving his B.S. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1983. After working for a few years at NASA as a rocket scientist researching ion propulsion, Schatz attended graduate school at the University of Texas, Austin, where he received his Ph.D. in physics in 1991. Schatz was a lecturer and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas, Austin, until 1996, when he joined the Georgia Institute of Technology faculty as an assistant professor of physics. Schatz conducts research in both experimental nonlinear dynamics (pattern formation, chaos, and turbulence in fluid flows) and physics education. He is a recipient of the Cottrell Scholars Award for his commitment to excellence in research and teaching.
PhD, University of Texas Austin