TROY professor honored by Naval Research Laboratory

Posted: Wednesday, 10 March 2010

TROY—Troy University math and physics professor Dr. Govind Menon is being honored by the Naval Research Laboratory’s 42nd Annual Alan Berman Research Publication and the Edison Patent Awards.

Dr. Menon is being honored for his work as co-author of a paper entitled “High Energy Radiation from Black Holes: Gamma Rays, Cosmic Rays, and Neutrinos.”

“Each year, federal government recipients are formally recognized at an awards dinner held in their honor where their research contributions are cited and they are presented a memento of the occasion,” said John A. Montgomery, director of research at the laboratory. “We also acknowledge the presence of our non-federal co-authors in attendance.”

In November 2009, Dr. Menon and Dr. Charles Dermer, an astrophysicist in the Space Science Division of the Naval Research Laboratory, presented their theories to the 2009 Fermi Symposium in Washington, D.C., describing black holes as the sources of the highest energy photon and particle radiations.

Their new book, “High Energy Radiation for Black Holes” published by Princeton University Press, presents a systematic exposition of black-hole astrophysics and general relativity in order to understand how gamma rays, cosmic rays, and neutrinos are produced by black holes.

“I have always been interested in space and time -- which is what a black hole is made of,” said Dr. Menon, a professor of mathematics and physics. “I approach these issues from a mathematical point of view while my co-author, in the Naval Research Lab, understands its applications and realizations in nature.”

Dr. Govind Menon is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Physics. He came to the University in 1996 as an instructor from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he served as a graduate teaching assistant.

Menon earned his bachelor’s in mathematics from TROY in 1991. He holds both a masters and a doctorate in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

His academic concentrations include physical science, general physics, fundamentals of electric fields, mechanics, electromagnetic fields, analytic geometry, optics, modern physics and calculus.

The award will be presented at Bolling Air Force Base on March 19.