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David S. Sumida

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Physics
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6614
David S. Sumida, Ph.D., currently serves as an assistant professor of physics in the Department of Math and Physics, and adjunct professor of physics at Vanguard University. He is also the CEO/Chief Scientist at Innovium Technologies LLC. Prior to teaching, he was a senior research project engineer at HRL Laboratories LLC in Malibu, California for more than 25 years, and a visiting scientist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts. Sumida has published and presented more than 100 technical papers and conference talks, been granted 33 U.S. Patents, and received numerous corporate and professional awards. He is also a senior member of the Optical Society of America.

Sumida's research interests focus primarily on solid-state lasers, nonlinear optics, photonic-crystal fibers, optical-phased arrays, and laser-based remote sensing, along with experience in the characterization of low-temperature quantum devices and RF quartz filters. At APU, he is currently involved in the 2/2 and 3/2 pre-engineering programs and interested in exploring the future development of a four-year engineering degree program. He is also preparing an undergraduate research program on pyroelectricity.


Ph.D. in Physics, University of Southern California
M.S. in Physics, University of Southern California
B.S. in Physics, Wheaton College, Illinois


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Mathematics and Physics


  • Engineering
  • Lasers
  • Optics

Courses Taught

PHYC 152 – Physics for Life Sciences II
PHYC 281 – Statics

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00 - 1:55 p.m.

Office Location

Segerstrom Science Center, Room 112, West Campus

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