University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas Ph.D. Physics (1999)
Developed a mathematical model for the description of low-energy atomic collisions and scattering cross-sections; where necessary, native code was developed to simulate relevant processes.
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas M.A. Physics (1995)
Contributed to the design and testing of a ring-laser system for the study of near-threshold photon statistics; participated in grant writing and hardware acquisition.
State University of New York, Brockport, New York B.S. Physics and Mathematics (1992)
Conducted advanced research in Photo-Chemistry and in Nuclear Physics; served as a teaching assistant in Physics and as a tutor for Mathematics and Economics.
Dr. Schillaci is Associate Professor of Physics at Roberts Wesleyan College and formerly served as Assistant Director of the Center for Science Education and as Managing Director of the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging, both at the University of South Carolina. He has held research and teaching posts in both Physics and Psychology and his research interests include computational physics, cognitive neuroscience, and Classical theories of gravity. He is a member of the American Physical Society and the Cognitive Neurosciences Society and serves as Editor for the book review section of Computers in Science and Engineering (CiSE)
Dr. Schillaci is passionate about the dialogue between Science and Religion and grew up here in Western, New York where he attended the Roman Catholic Church with his grandmother. He rededicated his life in Christ while in graduate school and now attends St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rochester.
For more information on his research and personal interests please visit his personal website at:
Membership in Professional Societies
Computers in Science and Engineering
- Editor CiSE Book Reviews 2016-Present
American Physical Society
- American Physical Society's Forum on Education (FEd)
- Member Division of Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (APS)
- Member Southeast Section of the American Physical Society (SESAPS)
Cognitive Neurosciences Society
Honors, Awards and Activities
Member STEM research advisory committee for the NIH sponsored program at Benedict College. (September 2010-Present)
Board Member Science and Religion Initiative (SRI) at the University of South Carolina.
Faculty Senator Francis Marion University (Elected position: 2001-2003).
Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Award in Chemistry. (SUNY Brockport 1991)
Ronald E. McNair Scholarship Recipient. (NSF 1991-1992 Academic year and summer research support.)
Schillaci, M.J., An Introduction to Gravitational Frenetics I: The Nature and Physical Significance of the Frenetic Field. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, APS April Meeting, 2016.
Schillaci, M.J., An Introduction to Gravitational Frenetics II: Detrmination of the Poynting-Like Flux Intensity of the Gravito-Frenetic Field of a Rotating Gravitational Source. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, APS April Meeting, 2016.
Katz, J., Wandersman, A., Goodman, R. M., Griffin, S., Wilson, D. K., & Schillaci, M.J. (2013). Updating the FORECAST formative evaluation approach and some implications for ameliorating theory failure, implementation failure, and evaluation failure. Evaluation and program planning, 39, 42-50.
Townley, G., Katz, J., Wandersman, A., Skiles, B, Schillaci M.J., Timmerman, B.E., & Mousseau, T.A. (2013). Exploring the role of sense of community in the undergraduate transfer student experience. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(3), 277-290.
Schillaci, M.J., Teaching Temperature with Technology, Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Volume 55, Number 10, 2010.
Schillaci, M.J., Total Tomography, Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 12-13, March/April, Jun, 2009.
Vendemia, J.M., *Schillaci, M.J., Buzan, R. F., Green, E. P., & Meek, S. W., Chapter 13: Alternate Technologies for the Detection of Deception. In, Daniel Wilcox (Editor), The Use of the Polygraph in Assessing, Treating and Supervising Sex Offenders: Practitioner's Guide. Wiley Series in Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law, 2009.
Schillaci, M.J., Computationally Complete, Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 3-6, May/Jun, 2007.
Schillaci, M.J., Top-Down and Free, Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 74th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section, 2007.
Schillaci, M.J., Vendemia, J.M., Buzan, R.F., Green, E. P., & Meek, S. W., A Two-State Analysis of ERP Activity Measures and fMRI Activations Relevant to the Detection of Deception. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Volume 52, Number 1, 2007.
Schillaci, M.J., Top-Down Physics. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, APS March Meeting, 2006.
Schillaci, M.J., Vendemia, J.M., A Quantum Analysis of Scalp Potential Data for Repeated Mock Interrogation Trials. Proceedings of the Cognitive Neurosciences Society, Methodological Issues: Electrophysiology, 2006.
Schillaci, M.J., A two-state quantum level and power analysis of event-related scalp potential data relevant to the detection of deception and to the discrimination of correlates of high-order cognitive functioning. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 2006.
Vendemia, J.M., Buzan, R.F., Green, E.P., & Schillaci, M.J., Effects of Preparedness to Deceive on ERP Waveforms in a Two-Stimulus Paradigm, Journal of Neurotherapy, Volume 9, Issue 3, 2006.
Schillaci, M.J., Local Momenta and Weak Quantum Measurements in Massive Three-Body Coulomb Systems. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 37th Meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 2006.
Schillaci, M.J., Computational Physics in a Nutshell. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 2002.
Schillaci, M.J., Local Momenta and a Three-Body Gauge. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Vol. 46, No. 3, 2001.
Schillaci, M.J., Simulated Thin-Film Growth and Imaging. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Vol. 46, Part F, 2001.
Schillaci, M.J., Kinematic coupling in continuum atomic scattering. University of Arkansas Press (PhD Thesis), Dec 1999.
Grants and Funding
2009 - 2012: Co-PI and Project Director NSF Grant # 0653164 (PI Timothy
Mousseau, University of South Carolina) - SC STEPs to STEM. $2,000,000
2010 - 2012: Co-PI and Project Director NSF Grant # 0850208 (PI Timothy A Mousseau,University of South Carolina) - SC Graduate Steps to STEM. $600,000
2007 - 2009: Co-PI USAMRAA (PI Jennifer Vendemia) - Continuation Brain Imaging
2005 – 2008: Co-PI USAMRAA (PI Jennifer Vendemia) - Brain Imaging Research. $3,660,000
2003 – 2004: PI Francis Marion University (competitive) internal and State Lottery matching funds awarded to establish a Computational Physics Laboratory. $11,000
CSC 320 (Special Topics: Introduction to Computational Tools)
MTH 302 (Linear Algebra)
MTH 315 (Mathematical Methods for Science)
PHY 101 LEC & LAB (General Physics I)
PHY 201 LAB (Physics for Engineers & Scientists I)
PHY 102 LEC & LAB (General Physics II)
PHY 202 LAB (Physics for Engineers & Scientists II)
PHY 203 LAB (Physics for Engineers & Scientists III)
PHY 301 (Classical Mechanics)
PHY 401 (Quantum Mechanics)
PHY 495 (Independent Study in Physics)