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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Joseph MacMillan

Associate Teaching Professor

Undergraduate Program Director, Physics


Faculty of Science

Teaching, astrophysics, and physics education research.

Contact information

Science Building - Room 2024
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 2957

Research topics

  • Astrophysics
  • Dark Matter
  • Black Holes
  • Cosmology
  • Physics Education Research

Areas of expertise

  • Astronomy
  • Physics


I've been teaching physics and astronomy for over 10 years and am still trying to improve every year. I received my B.Sc. in Astrophysics from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and moved to Kingston, Ontario for my M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics at Queen's University, where I researched black holes and dark matter. I joined Ontario Tech in 2007 and have been teaching here ever since.


  • BSc (Honours) in Astrophysics Saint Mary's University 1999
  • MSc in Physics Queen's University 2001
  • PhD in Physics Queen's University 2006

Courses taught

  • PHY 1010U (Physics I)
  • PHY 1020U (Physics II)
  • PHY 1030U (Introductory Physics)
  • PHY 1040U (Physics for Biosciences)
  • PHY 2010U (Electricity and Magnetism I)
  • PHY 3080U (Electricity and Magnetism II)
  • PHY 2030U (Mechanics I)
  • PHY 2040U (Mechanics II)
  • PHY 2060U (Modern Physics)
  • PHY 3020U (Quantum Mechanics I)
  • PHY 4020U (Quantum Mechanics II)
  • PHY 3060U (Fluid Dynamics)
  • PHY 3010U (Statistical Mechanics II)
  • PHY 2900U (Astronomy I)
  • PHY 2900U (Astronomy II)
  • PHY 4920U (Cosmology)
  • PHY 4910U (Techniques of Modern Astrophysics)