Physics faculty

Frank W. Bentrem, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics

Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
M.S., University of Southern Mississippi
B.S., Bob Jones University



Dr. Bentrem joined Northwestern's faculty after spending 10 years as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory, where he developed data inversion techniques to characterize the seafloor from the scattering of sound at the ocean bottom. He served as the principle investigator in the design, implementation and validation of the acoustic seafloor-sediment classification system trademarked as SediMap. He also holds a patent pending for "Computationally Efficient Method for Image Segmentation with Intensity and Texture Discrimination." Dr. Bentrem also was a visiting research professor of physics at Tulane University during a sabbatical, and taught physics lecture and laboratory courses at the University of Southern Mississippi.


    Publications and presentations

    Professional experience

    • Visiting Research Professor of Physics, Tulane University
    • Research Physicist, Naval Research Laboratory
    • Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Southern Mississippi


    • American Physical Society
    • Sigma Pi Sigma
    • American Association of Physics Teachers


    • Naval Research Laboratory's Advanced Graduate Research (Sabbatical) Program, 2008-09
    • Naval Research Laboratory Merit/Contribution Awards (8), 2000-08
    • Technology Transfer Award, 2007
    • Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2002-present
    • NASA Space Grant Fellowship, 1997