UDC News


December 2, 2008


UDC President Elected Fellow of the Prestigious American Physical Society
American Physical Society is the Second Largest Organization in the World for Physicists




Washington, DC – Dr. Allen L. Sessoms, president of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). The 109 year-old APS is the largest organization for physicists in the country, and the second largest in the world. His election as a fellow is a distinct honor reserved for less than one half of one percent of the Society’s membership of approximately 46,000 scientists. It is peer recognition of Dr. Sessoms’ outstanding contributions to physics. His citation reads:

“For exceptional contributions to the global society in understanding and addressing the challenges posed by nuclear and other advanced energy technologies.”

Sessoms said that he was surprised and pleased by the honor given to him by his scientific peers. “It is encouraging to see that my colleagues recognize the importance energy policy studies play not only in the life of the APS but for the future of our nation.”

Although well known as a bold administrative leader at the university level, Dr. Sessoms is also widely published in the area of physics. He received a B.S. from Union College (New York), an M.S. from the University of Washington and a Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. from Yale University, all in physics. He became president of the University of the District of Columbia on September 1, 2008.






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