Sacha Kopp was hired as the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in April of 2019. As UNO’s chief academic officer, Kopp provides strategic direction, in support of the chancellor, toward the advancement of UNO’s academic mission with a commitment to academic excellence as well as student access and opportunities.
A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Kopp earned his doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Chicago.
Prior to coming to UNO, Kopp served as a postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor of Physics at Syracuse University and later as professor of physics at the University of Texas. In 2014, he accepted a professorship in the Physics Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest of the academic colleges at Stony Brook comprising 25 departments and 11 research centers.
He has published over 200 journal articles in the fields of elementary particle physics and in science education. His research has been conducted at particle accelerator facilities in the U.S. and Europe and has been supported by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Education. He participated in the scientific team that discovered the top quark, one of the 12 fundamental particles in the universe, and another team that confirmed that another fundamental particle, the neutrino, has mass. His publications include "Do Inquiring Minds Have Positive Attitudes? The Sciences of Preservice Elementary Teachers, and "National Interest Science: A Dangerous Contradiction," and "Enlarging Physics Programs at Colleges and Universities." He also has authored several textbooks relating to science education and physics.
Community Engagement & Service
Kopp has served as a member of several professional organizations and committees including the American Physical Society and the Long Range Steering Committee of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He has also served as Chair for the National User Facility Organization, and the Fermilab Users’ Organization.