Paul M. Amy, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.S., Physics, State University of New York at Albany
B.S., Physics, Union College
Dr. Paul Amy is a faculty member in the Division of Math, Science, Technology, and Health. He teaches all levels of physics and astronomy. He first joined SUNY Schenectady in 2012 as an adjunct instructor before leaving in the summer of 2014 to pursue his Ph.D. Since finishing his Ph.D. in Physics in 2019 at RPI, Dr. Amy has taught physics and astronomy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, RPI, and Utica University before rejoining SUNY Schenectady as a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2022.
Dr. Amy specializes in astrophysics, specifically the structure and evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy. His work focuses on finding and characterizing the orbits of tidal streams: long, narrow streams of stars that have been pulled out of a dwarf galaxy or globular cluster and into an orbit around the Milky Way.
Studying the structure and evolution of tidal streams is an important part of understanding the accretion history of the Milky Way and of refining current models of galaxy formation. It also provides us with a valuable tool to probe the gravitational potential of the Milky Way and its dark matter distribution.
Dr. Amy is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Astronomical Society, and the American Association of Physics Teachers.