Professor of Physics
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Jennifer Heath earned a BA in mathematics and physics from Whitman College and a PhD in physics from University of Oregon. Before coming to Reed in 2022, she was a professor at Linfield University and a visiting scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory and at University of Washington. Her National Science Foundation supported research focuses on electronic transport in materials such as photovoltaics, two-dimensional materials, and polymer-nanoparticle composites, using Scanning Probe Microscopy and other methods. She particularly enjoys welcoming students into her laboratory, whether they are exploring these topics or developing their own ideas. Her work is generally collaborative and interdisciplinary, and anyone who would like to learn more, or who wants to explore the ways scanning probe microscopy could potentially apply to their work, is encouraged to reach out. She currently teaches Oscillations and Waves, and Energy and Sustainability. She also enjoys gardening and hiking, and occasionally fosters cats and kittens.