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Niklas Hellgren

Department Chair, Professor of Physics



(717) 796-1800 ext. 2082

Interest and areas of expertise

Materials and Solid State Physics, Thin Films, Physics of Golf

  • M.S. Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Ph.D. Thin Film Physics (Linköping University, Sweden)
Classes I teach

PHYS202: Introductory Physics II
PHYS212: General Physics II
PHYS251: Modern Physics
PHYS317: Optics
PHYS328: Classical Mechanics
PHYS322: Independent Research
PHYS422: Senior Research
PHYS425: Solid State Physics

Profile & selected publications

Dr. Hellgren grew up in Sweden where he earned an M.S. degree in applied physics and electrical engineering at Linköping University in 1996. During his masters studies he also spent one year as a technical student at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Switzerland. After completing a Ph.D. in thin film physics at Linköping University in 1999, he was employed for two years as a post-doctoral research scientist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Materials Research Laboratory. Prior to coming to Messiah College, he was employed by Intel Corporation in Portland, Oregon as a senior process engineer developing new intra-layer dielectrics and etch-stop thin films for future generation micro-processor manufacturing. Niklas and his wife Alison have two children. They enjoy travel, the outdoors, hiking, skiing, and golf.

Dr. Hellgren’s research profile and list of publications can be found at these databases: