Faculty: Camille Minichino

Camille Minichino, Ph.D

Senior Adjunct Professor
Camille Minichino

Camille Minichino is a scientist, teacher, and writer. She has a B.A. in Mathematics from Emmanuel College, Boston, and an M. S. and Ph.D. in physics from Fordham University, New York City. She has done research in experimental spectroscopy and high-temperature physics. Her work has included studies of nuclear waste management, and human factors engineering in support of commercial nuclear power plants in the US. Camille has developed curricula and taught classes in physics; mathematics; logic; the history and philosophy of science; and the interactions among science, technology, and culture. She has served on university faculties on both the East and West Coasts. Camille is also a traditionally published writer in the field of crime fiction. She has published more than 20 novels in three different series, and is contracted to launch a new series for a division of Penguin.


SCI 125
Science, Technology and Social Change


  • Ph.D., Physics, Fordham University
  • M.S., Physics, Fordham University
  • B.A., Mathematics, Emmanuel College


  • Instructor/Curriculum Developer: Golden Gate University, Emmanuel College, St. John's College, Dominican College, John F. Kennedy University
  • Scientist: Experimental physics research in spectroscopy at Fordham University High-temperature high-pressure physics at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Systems engineering and human factors audits of safeguards, waste management, and control room design at commercial nuclear power plants.
  • Writer: Published author of mystery novels and other publications.


Experimental Physics

"Experimental Very High Pressure Equation of State and Thermophysical Properties of Liquid Ta and W," Proceedings of the American Physical Society December, 1975, UCRL 77360, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, with G. R. Gathers and J. W. Shaner.

"A New Apparatus for Thermophysical Measurements Above 2500 K," High Temperatures-High Pressures, 1976, Vol. 8, pp. 425-429, with G. R. Gathers and J. W. Shaner.

"Thermophysical Properties of Liquid Tantalum and Molybdenum," May 26, 1977, UCRL 79344, with G. R. Gathers and J. W. Shaner.

Nuclear Systems

Nuclear Waste Management Abstracts, with Richard Heckman, Plenum Press, New York, 1982.

"Inspection Methods for Safeguards Systems at Nuclear Facilities," Nuclear Science Symposium, Proceedings, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering, San Francisco, October, 1981.

"Physical Protection Inspection Methods," prepared for Office of Inspection and Enforcement, U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, December, 1981.

Philosophy of Science

"Critical Dimensions in the Sociology of Science: Merton Vs Kuhn," with Richard Wunderlich, Red Feather Institute for Advanced Studies in Sociology, January, 1980.

Science Education

"The Role of the National Laboratories in Science Education," American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, January 1989.

"The Role of the National Laboratories in Science Education," National Science Teachers Association Meeting, Corvallis, Oregon, June, 1989.

"Fusion Energy: Meeting the Challenge," Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Booklet, 1988.


  • Jack London Award, the California Writers Club, 2007
  • Excellence in Editing, Society of Technical Communication, 2003 - 2008