Prize Recipient

DavepeakDavid Peak
Union College


"For his research contributions in condensed matter physics, including defect production and atomic mixing in ion-irradiated metals, and diffusion controlled nucleation, and for his role in engaging undergraduate students in the research process through projects leading to publications and conference presentations."


David Peak is the Frank and Marie Louise Bailey Professor of Physics at Union College in Schenectady, NY. During the 1995 - 1996 school year he is on leave as Visiting Professor of Physics at Utah State University.

Dr. Peak hold a BS degree from SUNY New Paltz (Physics, 1965) and a Ph.D from SUNY Albany (Physics, 1969). He has been an Instructor of Physics at SUNYA, 1971-1975, Assistant through Full Professor of Physics at Union College, 1975 - Present, and E. Clairborne Robins Distinguished University Professor of Science at the University of Richmond, 1993. He has held research appointments at Princeton University (1978 - 1979), Argonne National Laboratory (1983 - 1984) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (1986 - 1988).

Dr. Peak's research has resulted in numerous publications (many with undergraduate co-authors) and invited presentations. He is co-author (with Michael Frame) of the book, Chaos Under Control). He was a founding member (1984) of the present Council on Undergraduate Research and, since 1987, has been a Governor of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research. Peak has served as a department chair, member of the Boards of Trustees of Union College and Dudley Observatory, and on the Sigma Xi National Committee on Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education.

Selection Committee:

J. Blackburn, Chair; M. Shinn; P.J. Collings; H. Mizes; S. Hershfield