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Important Update:

The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, through at least April 15. UCO will transition to alternative instructional delivery methods from March 28 through the end of the spring semester. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.


University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5461 Engineering & Physics HOH 221L , Box 87


Dr. Hughes earned his PhD at the University of Georgia studying the hyperspherical formulation of relativistic few-body problems. He arrived at UCO in 1993 having held previous positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Arkansas State University. Over the past 25 years, he has served as Assistant Department Chair, Associate Dean of the College of Mathematics and Science, and Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Engineering and Physics.

Education and Certifications

BS Applied Physics - Michigan Technological University (1981)

MS Physics - University of Georgia (1985)

PhD Physics - University of Georgia  (1988)


Chair and Professor, Department of Engineering and Physics (2018 - present)

Assistant Chair and ABET Coordinator, Department of Engineering and Physics (2017 - 2018, 2001-2006)

Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness (2010-2015)

Associate Dean, College of Mathematics and Science (2006-2010)

Classes Taught

Current classes:

Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
Mathematical Physics I


Office Hours

2:00 - 3:00 PM MWF or by appointment

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