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Joseph Powlette

Joseph PowletteLouise E. Juley Professor of Science
Professor of Physics (1963)

  • B.S., Moravian College
  • M.S., Cornell University

Email: powlette@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-861-1438
Office: Collier Hall of Science, Room 110

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

Linear and digital electronics, atomic and nuclear physics, Mossbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and laboratory techniques.


Joseph Powlette is advisor for the cooperative engineering programs and has directed student research projects on various aspects of the Mossbauer effect, the Compton effect, digital electronics, and on specialized topics in the interfacing of microprocessors to lab instruments. He has taught in the General Education Program for Teachers (GEPT) of Temple University, and served a term on Moravian's board of trustees. He is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), and a past president of the Central Pennsylvania section of the AAPT. He received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1965.

Recent Activities of Note


  • The Department of Physics and Earth Science participated in the annual Central Pennsylvania section meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers on March 27-28 at the campus of Penn State-Mont Alto. Ed Roeder, associate professor of physics gave a presentation on SPS Outreach activities, and physics major Andrew Abraham ’09 gave a presentation describing his Honors research on 2-D Crystallites. Kelly Krieble, associate professor and chair of physics and earth science, received a Distinguished Service award for his work as the section representative for Central Pa. Joe Powlette, professor of physics, also attended the meeting.