Paul D. Schmelzenbach, Ph.D.

Paul D. Schmelzenbach, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Physics and Engineering
  • Phone: (619) 849-2933


  • B.S. Physics, B.S. Chemistry -- Northwest Nazarene University
  • M.S. Physics -- Oregon State Univeristy
  • Ph.D. Physics -- Oregon State University


Dr. Paul Schmelzenbach received his BS in Physics and a BS in Chemistry from Northwest Nazarene University in 1998. He went on to complete his MS and Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from Oregon State University in 2003. He taught three years at Erskine College in South Carolina where he was nominated twice for teacher of the year. Dr. Schmelzenbach came to Point Loma Nazarene University in 2006.

Dr. Schmelzenbach teaches courses including General Physics, Nuclear Physics, Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magentism, Earth Science and Physical Science.


His research interests include gamma ray spectroscopy, analysis of large data sets, computational physics and physics education. He has participated in several experiments at large accelerator facilities and been involved in analysis of large data sets derived from these experiments. He developed analysis techniques for angular correlation on large arrays to better understand the nature of the nucleus. He has led undergraduate research in gamma ray spectroscopy and was awarded a Bell Grant for research with an undergraduate. He has served as a consultant for FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc.


His hobbies include photography, painting, 3D computer artwork, hiking, juggling, and playing the trumpet.