AS Photo 2009 Position:  Assistant Vice President of International Programs
               Professor of Physics
Office:  AL-173
Office Phone:  (619) 594-1354

Director of SDSU’s Center for Energy Studies
Director for Environmental Sciences


Research Interests:

Professor Sweedler’s current research interests are in the field of environmental science with a focus on understanding the use of energy in society and its impact on the environment. He has investigated the impact of energy use specifically in the US-Mexico border region and has developed computer-based models to better understand the complex interactions between energy, the environment and the economy. Funding for these efforts have come from the San Diego Association of Governments, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the California Energy Commission. Dr. Sweedler has also been active in promoting a physical environmental science degree program at SDSU.

Another area of research interest for Dr. Sweedler is in the field of international security and arms control, with a focus on developing a framework to consider new security structures in Europe. This work involves understanding the impact of technology on military strategy and doctrine and providing a technical and political rational for security architectures in Europe.

Dr. Sweedler founded and is the Director of SDSU’s Center for Energy Studies. In 1985 he was awarded the prestigious Congressional Science Fellowship from the American Physical Society and he worked for one year in the U.S. Senate in the area of energy and arms control. In 1987, he received another fellowship from Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control and spent 9 months in residence at the center. Dr. Sweedler also serves as Co-Director of SDSU’s Institute of International Security and Conflict Resolution (IISCOR). He also served as Vice Chairman of the Energy Advisory Committee of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of the World Affairs Council. He is a past president of the San Diego Chapter of Sigma Xi and a past-member of the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society’s Forum on Physics and Society.

His previous research activities included superconducting materials and defects in amorphous semiconductors.