Bill Ashmanskas

Senior Lecturer
DRL 1W15
(215) 746-8210

As a Senior Lecturer, I teach and develop undergraduate physics courses here at Penn.  I also work on readout electronics, instrumentation, and data acquisition for High Energy Physics and for Positron Emission Tomography.  I work as a member of the Physics department’s HEP Instrumentation Group and of the Radiology department’s Physics and Instrumentation Group.

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (1998)
  • A.B., Harvard University (1992)


  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Penn undergraduate Architecture program (2014)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2005)
  • Arthur Holly Compton Fellowship, Argonne National Laboratory (2003)
  • Enrico Fermi Fellowship, University of Chicago (1998)
  • U.C. Berkeley Physics, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (1993)


Research Interests: 

Instrumentation and readout electronics, FPGA-based digital electronics, Positron Emission Tomography, and High Energy Physics

Selected Publications: 
  • Book review:  Learning the Art of Electronics: A Hands-on Lab Course.  (Textbook by Tom Hayes and Paul Horowitz.)  Am. J. Phys. 85 (2017) 78.
  • Waveform-Sampling Electronics for the LaPET Whole-Body Time-of-Flight PET Scanner.  (With Joel Karp et al.)  IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci. 61 (2014) 1174.
  • The CDF Silicon Vertex Trigger.  (CDF collaboration.)  Nucl. Inst. Meth. A518 (2004) 532.
  • Search for the FCNC Decay D0 to mu+ mu-.  (CDF collaboration.)  Phys. Rev. D68 (2003) 091101.
  • Direct Measurement of the W Boson Width.  (CDF collaboration.)  Phys. Rev. Lett. 85 (2000) 3347.


Courses Taught: 

Physics 008 (Physics for Architects I)

Physics 009 (Physics for Architects II)

Physics 351 (Analytical Mechanics)

Physics 364 (Laboratory Electronics)

Physics 414 (Laboratory in Modern Physics)