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William Wagner

Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering

Contact Information
E-mail: wwagner@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-7839
Office: HNB 07B

LINKS
Curriculum Vitae
 

Education

Ph.D. Physics, California Institute of Technology, 6/1962
B.S. Physics, California Institute of Technology, 6/1958
 

Postdoctoral Training

Richard Chase Tolman Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 09/01/1962-08/31/1965  
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1966-08/15/2014  
Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Southern California, 01/03/1987-08/31/1989  
Dean of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, University of Southern California, 07/01/1973-01/02/1987  
Special Assistant to the President, University of Southern California, 12/24/1974-06/30/1981  
Senior Staff Physicist, Hughes Research Laboratories, 06/01/1960-08/31/1973  
Assistant and Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine, 09/01/1965-05/31/1966  
Richard Chase Tolman Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 09/01/1962-08/31/1965  
Lecturer, California Institute of Technology, 09/01/1963-05/31/1965  
 

PostDoctoral Appointments

Richard Chase Tolman Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 07/01/1962-06/30/1965  
 

Other Employment

Senior Staff Physicist, Hughes Research Laboratories, 06/01/1960-08/31/1973  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

See Curriculum Vita
 

Publications

Book

Wagner, W. G., Feynman, R. P., Morinigo, F. B. (1995). Feynman Lectures on Gravitation. Addison Wesley.
 

New Courses Developed

Methods for Complex Systems, PHYS 520, Probabilities, random walks, generalized central limit theorems, probabilities in thermodynamics, critical phenomena, self organized criticality, phenomenology of catastrophies, dynamical systems and examples from outside physics. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of complex systems by discussing some examples of these systems and methods of analysis that have proved most useful in the field. The level will be modestly advanced from a technical point of view (and mostly non rigorous), and require an open mind from the student, as examples drawn from many different fields of science or economy will be considered. Complex systems considered in some details will include the stock market, and critical as well as chaotic systems of physics and biology., Spring 2007   
 

Honors and Awards

Who's Who in America, 1980-2014  
University Award for Extraordinary Service, 1975-1976  
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs and Developmental Activities, 1987-1989  
Dean of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, 1973-1987  
Special Assistant to the President, 1974-1981  
 

Committees

Chair, University Computer Committee, 1967-1974  
Chair, University Resource Management Committee, 1971-1973  
Member, University Resource Management Committee, 1970-1971  
Member, University Finance Advisory Committee, 1966-1970  
Member, University Computer Committee, 1966-1967  
 

Review Panels

National Science Foundation, Emerging Engineering Technologies, 1987-1988  
 

Other Service to the University

Founder, Resource Manager, and Advisor - University Program in Neural, Informational, and Behavioral Sciences (NIBS), now known as the Neuroscience Program, 1982-2005  
 

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

USC Council of Academic Advisors, 1996-2006  
 
 
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