Doyle Temple is a Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering and Board Member of the NSU Research and Innovation Foundation at Norfolk State University. A well-known scientist and educator, at NSU he leads the Quantum Electronics Group which operates the Crystal Physics Laboratory and the recently funded Ultrashort Pulse Laser Spectroscopy and Nanomachining Laboratory.
After obtaining a Ph.D. degree in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989, Dr. Temple joined the faculty of Louisiana State University (LSU) where he began a research program in quantum electronics, concentrating on ultrashort pulse laser spectroscopy and single crystal growth. As an Assistant Professor of Physics, he became LSU's first African American professor in the College of Basic Sciences. The company he started while a graduate student, Applied Physics Inc., was the first business in the LSU Business and Technology Center founded by an LSU professor.
In addition to his work in quantum electronics, Dr. Temple has been devoted to improving physics education at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels. In 1994, he was appointed Chair of the Hampton University Department of Physics where he led the development of their new Ph.D. program in physics, the first Ph.D. program at the university. He also worked to develop a new, innovative curriculum for the physics undergraduate program. This curriculum was highlighted as a model undergraduate physics program at the 2009 NSF/American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) sponsored workshop on Strategic Programs for Innovation in Undergraduate Physics (SPIN-UP). Throughout his 25 years as a professor, his model rocket outreach program for k-12 students has involved 100-300 participants each year and over 60 students have participated in his summer undergraduate research programs.
In 2010 Dr. Temple received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and he was elected Senior Member of the Optical Society of America. In that same year, he joined the faculty at NSU as Director of the Center for Materials Research, heading the center from fall 2010 to fall 2012. He has been principal or co-principal investigator on over $21M in research and education grants, author of over 140 scientific presentations/publications, and inventor on one patent.
Dr. Temple's research interests include ultrashort pulse laser-matter interactions, materials science, and physics education and outreach.
- 2013-Present Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering, Norfolk State University
- 2011-Present Class A Board Member, NSU Research and Innovation Foundation
- 2010-Present Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering, Norfolk State University
- 2010-Present Jefferson-lab Science Associates (JSA) Programs Committee
Southeastern University Research Association (SURA)
- 2006-2010 Professor of Physics and Chair, Hampton University
- 2004-2006 Professor of Physics, Hampton University
- 2001-2002 Professor of Physics and Chair, Hampton University
- 2000-2001 NASA Administrators’ Fellowship Sabbatical, NASA LaRC
- 1998-2000 Professor of Physics, Hampton University
- 1994-1998 Associate Professor of Physics and Chair, Hampton University
- 1988-1994 Assistant Professor of Physics, Louisiana State University
- 2010-2012 Director, Center for Materials Research (CMR)
- 2006-2010 Director, NSF CREST Center for Laser Science and Spectroscopy
- 2001-2002 Director, NASA PAIR Center for Lidar and Atmospheric Sciences Students
- 2001-2002 Director, NASA URC Research Center for Optical Physics
- 1998-2000 Director, NASA PAIR Center for Lidar and Atmospheric Sciences Students
- 1995-2000 Director, NASA URC Research Center for Optical Physics
- 1988-1991 Founder and CEO, Applied Physics Inc., Baton Rouge, LA
- Summer 1984 Research Associate, Sanders-Lockheed Martin, Nashua, NH
- Summer 1980 Research Associate, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ