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Dr. Orest G. Symko

115 South 1400 East Rm. 201

Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

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B. Sc. and M.A., 1961,1962, University of Ottawa (Canada).

D. Phil. 1967, Physics, University of Oxford (England).


Research Officer, Clarendon Laboratory , University of Oxford, 1967–68 .

Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of California, San Diego, 1996–1970.

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of Utah 1970–1974.

Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of Utah, 1974–1979.

Professor, Dept of Physics, University of Utah, 1979–Present.

Chair (Municipal Chair) at University J. Fourier and CNRS, Grenoble,1994–1995.

Director of Center for Acoustic Cooling Technology, University of Utah, 2000–Present .

Awards and Memberships

Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1990–Present

University of Utah Distinguished Teacher Award, 1985.

University Professor, University of Utah, 1990–1991.

Hatch Award, University of Utah, 1995.

Distinguished Research Award, University of Utah, 2002.

Research Interests

Low Temperature Physics





Selected Publications

"Observation of a Narrow Pseudo-gap Near the Fermi Level of AlCuFe Quasicrystalline Thin Films" (with T.J. Klein, D.N. Davydov and A.G.M. Jansen), Phys. Rev. Lett., 74, 3656 (1995).

"Quasicrystal Thin Films for Biomedical Applications" (with W. Park and D. Kieda), Surface Modification Technologies XI, Ed. by Sudarshan, Jeandin, and Khor, 1998, P 1251.

"Design & Development of High-Frequency Thermoacoustic Engines for Thermal Management in Microelectronics" (with E. Abdel-Rahman, Y.Kwon, and R. Behunin), Microelectronics Journal, 35, 185, 2004.