Dr. William DeGraffenreid
President, Sigma Pi Sigma
California State University, Sacramento
Dr. William DeGraffenreid joined the California State University, Sacramento faculty in 2002 and is currently a professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Dr. DeGraffenreid earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland and his B.S. in physics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Before joining Sacramento State, Dr. DeGraffenreid was an NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Atomic Spectroscopy group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Since arriving at Sacramento State, he has been active in the area of scientific instrumentation. He has collaborations with faculty members from several departments on campus, in addition to UC Davis and the local high technology industry.
Dr. DeGraffenreid has been very active on the Sacramento State campus, serving as the coordinator of the Scientific Instrument Development Program, the Associate Director for the Center for STEM Excellence, college commencement chair, and on numerous other committees. In 2010, his service to the University was recognized when he was given the “Outstanding University Service Award.”
He is the advisor of the nationally recognized Sacramento State Chapter of the Society of Physics Students and previously served for six years on the Society of Physics Students National Council where he represented the states of California, Nevada, and Hawaii as Zone Councilor. He was inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma while an undergraduate student at Cal Poly Pomona in 1993.