WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY enjoys a
unique reputation: to some it is renowned as a
leader in business education, to others it is a top
school for engineering, others think of us for legal
education, but today it is the expanding programs
and research in the sciences that is putting Western New England on the map.
Heading this high growth academic area is Professor Alex Wurm, chair of the Department of Physical and Biological Sciences and associate professor
of physics. Dr. Wurm oversees this expanding department that provides unique learning experiences for students.
The Department has 26 full-time faculty members in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Forensic Science, and four (full-time and part-time)
laboratory technicians. Its faculty advise nearly 350 students who are majoring in Biology,
Chemistry, and Secondary Education Biology and Chemistry, those in one of the interdisciplinary majors of Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, and Health Sciences, or students enrolled
in the pre-health programs of Pre-pharmacy, Pre-physician Assistant, and Pre-optometry. In
addition, the department offers introductory courses in Physics and Chemistry for the College
of Engineering and other science courses for the rest of the campus to fulfill general University
“I am very grateful for my fantastic faculty and laboratory technicians whose help and
dedication makes running such a complex organization possible,” says Dr. Wurm.
Born in Münster, Germany, Professor Wurm attended the Julius Maximilians Universität
Würzburg in Germany, where he earned the “Diplom in Physik” (Master of Science in
Physics). He received a Master of Arts in Physics and a Ph.D. in Physics for his work on the
application of renormalization group methods to models in relativistic quantum field theory
and dynamical systems from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, he was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy Fusion Energy Postdoctoral Research Program and
conducted research at the Institute for Fusion Studies. In 2005, Professor Wurm joined the
faculty at Western New England University and since 2014 has served as department chair.
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