Cristian Bahrim received his Ph.D. from University of Paris at Orsay, in 1997, after being for five years a French Government scholar. In 1998, he joined as postdoc the Theoretical Atomic Physics Group and the J.R. McDonald Laboratory at Kansas State University. He came to Lamar University in 2001 and in 2015 he became Full Professor of Physics. Starting with 2005, Dr. Bahrim holds a joint-appointment position with the Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering. He was Interim Chair of the Physics Department, visiting professor of the Summer China Program at Shanghai International Studies University, and held many appointments in the organizing committees of various physics conferences, including the Chairman position of the Joint 2016 Spring Meeting of the Texas Sections of the American Physical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers and the Society of Physics Students Zone 13. Presently he is the Assistant Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at Lamar, and starting with March 2018, he is the President Elect of the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Dr. Bahrim is referee to several journals in the United States, Europe and Asia, and published more than 130 papers in journals, books, and conference proceedings.
Dr. Bahrim’s research interest is in areas of theoretical atomic physics, including atomic collisions and interactions, quantum optics, lasers, electron scattering on heavy alkali atoms, as well as in areas of experimental physics, including atomic spectroscopy, interaction between light and dielectric surfaces, and slowing down light.