Dr. Riedel

Selected Awards

  • 2018, 2017, 2008 Undergraduate Level Instructor Award, MSU Department of Physics
  • 2010 Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Letters & Science MSU 
  • 2010 Award for Excellence, MSU Alumni Association and Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce
  • 2009 Outstanding Faculty Colleague Award, MSU Department of Physics
  • 2007 Outstanding Graduate Lecturing Instructor Award, MSU Department of Physics
  • 1999 Nuclear Stockpile Stewardship Excellence Award, U.S. Department of Defense 

Biographical Timeline

  • 2001-present Montana State University 
  • 1998-2001 University of Montana - Missoula 
  • 1994-1998 Los Alamos National Laboratory 
  • 1994 Ph.D. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 
  • 1988 B.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison


My teaching interests include modern physics (quantum mechanics, special relativity, nuclear and particle physics), and mathematical and computational physics, but I have enjoyed teaching courses spanning the entire physics curriculum, from The Physics of Music, a large-enrollment, 100-level course for non-scientists, to Quantum Mechanics at the graduate level.  I am especially concerned with issues relating to the continuity and completeness of the undergraduate curriculum.

My research in experimental subatomic physics focuses on spin and isospin phenomena in light nuclei (e.g. hydrogen and helium), primarily at the intersection of high-energy particle physics and conventional nuclear physics. The broad goal of my experimental program is to characterize the strong interaction in a well-understood nuclear medium. I have been a member of several international collaborations conducting experiments at TRIUMF (Vancouver, British Columbia), PSI (Switzerland), IUCF (Bloomington, Indiana), BNL (Ridge, New York), and LANL (Los Alamos, New Mexico). My work involves experimental design, particle detection, data acquisition, data analysis, and theoretical modeling.

Selected Publications

Selected Talks

Recent Courses

Spring Semester 2018

Fall Semester 2017

Spring Semester 2017

  • Introduction to Theoretical Physics
  • Elementary Particle Physics : PHSX 451

Fall Semester 2016

  • Methods of Computational Physics
  • Modern Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism II