member of graduate faculty
Office: 115 Centennial Science Hall
Ph.D. Physics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN
B.S. Physics, Hope College, Holland, MI
Dr. Vonk's dissertation described the rotational behavior of small molecules after collisions with noble gasses. This work involved the use of molecular beams, tunable dye lasers, vacuum systems, and the associated electronics. Before coming to UWRF, he also served as an assistant professor of physics at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, and Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota.
He has determined and published the periods of the asteroids Ariane (5.5 hrs) and Principia (6.25 hours). To this end, he eagerly seeks motivated undergraduate students to help him investigate the rotational period of other main belt asteroids.