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Akaa Daniel Ayangeakaa joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina in the summer of 2020 from the United States Naval Academy (USNA), where he was an Assistant Professor. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Physics at Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State in Nigeria and a Masters degree in radiation and environmental protection from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. He obtained his PhD in Nuclear Structure Physics at the University of Notre Dame, focusing on exotic modes of collective excitation such as rotations and vibrations. He was a postdoc at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and a visiting research fellow at the University of Maryland before joining USNA. Professor Ayangeakaa works on understanding how nuclear shapes evolve in proton- and neutron-rich systems, and quantifying how this impacts nuclear properties. 


Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill NC (2020 – Present)
  • Assistant Professor, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis MD (2017 – 2020)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, University of Maryland, College Park MD (2017 – 2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne IL (2013-2016)
  • Adjunct Professor, Chicago State University, Chicago IL (2015 – 2015)
  • Research/Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IL (2007-2013)
  • Lecturer, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria (2005 – 2007)


Honors and Awards

  • Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award in Science. The highest honor bestowed on a Notre Dame graduate student (2013)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Presented by the University of Notre Dame Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning (2010)
  • Valedictorian, Combined 3rd, 4th, & 5th Convocation of Benue State University, Nigeria (2002)
  • Best Poster Presented at the biannual Nuclear Chemistry Gordon Research Conference. Selected for oral presentation. (2015)
  • Best Poster Presented at the biannual Nuclear Chemistry Gordon Research Conference. Selected for oral presentation. (2013)


Selected Publications

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  1. N. Sensharma, U. Garg, D. P. Burdette, J. L. Cozzi, S. Frauendorf, K. B. Howard, Q. B. Chen, S. Zhu, M. P. Carpenter, P. Copp, F. G. Kondev, T. Lauritsen, J. Li, D. Seweryniak, J.Wu, A. D. Ayangeakaa, D. J. Hartley, R. V. F. Janssens, A. M. Forney,W. B.Walters, S. S. Ghugre, and R. Palit: Longitudinal Wobbling Motion in 187Au. Physical Review Letters 124, 052501(2020)
  2. A. D. Ayangeakaa, R. V. F. Janssens, S. Zhu, D. Little, J. Henderson, C. Y. Wu, D. J. Hartley, M. Albers, K. Auranen, B. Bucher, M. P. Carpenter, P. Chowdhury, D. Cline, H. L. Crawford, P. Fallon, A. M. Forney, A. Gade, A. B. Hayes, F. G. Kondev, Krishichayan, T. Lauritsen, J. Li, A. O. Macchiavelli, D. Rhodes, D. Seweryniak, S. M. Stolze, W. B. Walters, and J. Wu: Evidence for rigid triaxial deformation in 76Ge from a model-independent analysis. Physical Review Letters 123, 102501 (2019).
  3. A. M. Forney,W. B.Walters, C. J. Chiara, R. V. F. Janssens, A. D. Ayangeakaa, J. Sethi, J. Harker, M. Alcorta, M. P. Carpenter, G. Grdal, C. R. Hoffman, B. P. Kay, F. G. Kondev, T. Lauritsen, C. J. Lister, E. A. McCutchan, A. M. Rogers, D. Seweryniak, I. Stefanescu, and S. Zhu: Novel DI = 1 Sequence in 78Ge: Possible Evidence for Triaxiality. Physical Review Letters 120, 212501 (2018).
  4. A. D. Ayangeakaa, U. Garg, C. M. Petrache, S. Guo, P. W. Zhao, J. T. Matta, B. K. Nayak, D. Patel, R. V. F. Janssens, M. P. Carpenter, C. J. Chiara, F. G. Kondev, T. Lauritsen, D. Seweryniak, S. Zhu, S. S. Ghugre, and R. Palit: In-beam spectroscopy of medium- and high-spin states in 133Ce. Physical Review C 93, 054317 (2016).
  5. A. D. Ayangeakaa, R. V. F. Janssens, C. Y.Wu, J. M. Allmond, J. L.Wood, S. Zhu, M. Albers, M. P. Carpenter, H. David, C. Hoffman, B. Kay, A. Korichi, T. Lauritsen, D. Seweryniak, B. Bucher, A. O. Macchiavelli, A. Wiens, C. J. Chiara, J. Harker, H. Crawford, A. Richard, K. Kolds, A. Korichi: Shape Coexistence and the role axial asymmetry in 72Ge. Physics Letters B 754, 254 (2016).
  6. B. Bucher, S. Zhu, C.Y. Wu, R.V.F. Janssens, D. Cline, A.B. Hayes, M. Albers, A. D. Ayangeakaa, P. Butler, C. Campbell, M.P. Carpenter, C.J. Chiara, J. Clark, H. Crawford, M. Cromaz, H.M. David, C. Dickerson, E.T. Gregor, F.G. Kondev, J. Harker, C.R. Hoffman, B.P. Kay A. Korichi, T. Lauritsen, A.O. Macchiavelli, R. Pardo, A. Richard, M. Riley, G. Savard, M. Scheck, D. Seweryniak, M.K. Smith, R. Vondrasek, and A. Wiens: Direct Evidence of Octupole Deformation in Neutron-Rich 144Ba. Physical Review Letters 116, 112503 (2016).