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Chris Orban

Chris Orban

Chris Orban

Associate Professor of Physics, Ohio State Marion



1008 Physics Research Building

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational physics
  • Large-scale structure
  • Laboratory astrophysics
  • Astronomy education


  • Ph.D. Physics, Ohio State University, 2011
  • B.S. Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004

Prof. Chris Orban specializes in computational physics, having received his Ph.D. from OSU in 2011 with a thesis studying cosmological N-body simulations. Since then Orban has branched out into laboratory astrophysics, and ultra-intense laser science as a member of the High Energy Density Physics group at OSU. He was hired as an assistant professor at OSU's Marion campus in 2014 where he has continued his research effort and worked to develop novel educational content. Notably, Prof. Orban worked with a number of CCAPP students to create coding tutorial videos for high school and early college level astronomy courses as part of the STEMcoding project youtube channel. Orban also has a deep interest in the history of cosmology as a canvas for illustrating the non-linear way that scientific discoveries are sometimes made.

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