Chuck Wight
  • Volunteer Faculty, Sr Vp Academic Affairs - Oper


  • Russian, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Russian Federation

Research Statement

Current projects include simulations of large arrays of explosive devices, such as may be found in transportation accidents. Of particular interest is understanding the transition from thermally-activated combustion of energetic materials to shock-induced detonation, which can vastly increase the violence of accidental explosions.  Part of this project involves conducting computer simulations to characterize explosion violence in terms of over-pressure shocks and kinetic energies of fragments.  Another important goal is to gain a fundamental understanding of scaling relationships so that the consequences of large-scale explosions can be predicted on the basis of small-scale tests.  To do this, we formulate computer-based simulation models of explosives and explosions that properly reflect the underlying fundamental chemistry, physics and mechanics of materials.

Research Keywords

  • Solid State Chemistry
  • Propellant Combustion
  • High Performance Computing
  • Explosives
  • Computer Simulation or Modeling
  • Combustion Simulation
  • Chemical Kinetics

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • CSAFE 2ND VOTH. PI: PERSHING,DAVID W. Co-PI(s): WIGHT,CHARLES ALBERT. DOE LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONA, 12/16/2002 - 09/30/2010. Total project budget to date: $1,357,163.00


  • "Growth of Professional Graduate Degrees: Benefits and Cautions", with Carol Lynch and Linda Black, Western Association of Graduate Schools Annual Conference, Ft. Collins, CO. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/20/2012.
  • "Statewide Course Redesign for Concurrent Enrollment: The Utah TICE Project", EDUCAUSE West/Southwest Regional Conference, Portland, OR. Contributed Talk, Presented, 02/24/2012.
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Student Engagement: A Peek Under the Hood of", EDUCAUSE West/Southwest Regional Conference, Portland, OR. Contributed Talk, Presented, 02/23/2012.
  • Redesigning Concurrent Enrollment With Hybrid Courses—The Utah TICE Project. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/11/2012.
  • "Graduate Professional Programs: Health Sciences, Education and Business", Council of Graduate Schools Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/08/2011.
  • "Leveraging Technology to Increase Student Success in Chemistry", American Association of State Colleges and Universities Academic Affairs Summer Meeting. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/30/2011.
  • "Communicating the Role and Importance of Graduate Education", Council of Graduate Schools Summer Workshop, Monterrey, CA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/12/2011.
  • "Leveraging Techknowledgy in Higher Ed", Westnet Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/08/2011.
  • "Educational Technology at the University of Utah", Utah State Board of Regents. Presentation, Presented, 12/08/2010.
  • Faraday Christmas Lectures (with Peter Armentrout), University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 12/2010.
  • "Explosives and Explosions", College of Science Day, University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 11/13/2010.


  • M. Berzins, J. Luitjens, Q. Meng, T. Harman, C. Wight and J. Peterson, “Uintah a scalable framework for hazard analysis,” Proceedings of the TeraGrid 2010 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, 2010. Published, 08/2010.
  • C. A. Wight, “Four Tips For Acing Your Accreditation Site Visit,” Faculty Focus 2009 (Magna Publications,, Madison, WI, Published, 01/07/2009.
  • C. A. Wight and E. G. Eddings, “Science-Based Simulation Tools for Hazard Assessment and Mitigation (Invited Paper),” in Advancements in Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion, K. K. Kuo and K. Hori, Eds. (Begell House, New York, 2008) pp. 921-937. Published, 11/2008.
  • N. L. Livne, O. E. Livne and C. A. Wight, “Enhancing mathematical creativity through multiple solutions to open-ended problems online.” Proceedings of National Educational Computing Conference 2008. San Antonio, TX: International Society of Technology in Education. Published, 10/2008.
  • C. A. Wight, “Talking Points: Plugging the Holes,” Currents Magazine 2008 (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) March 13 issue. Published, 03/13/2008.
  • J. Wang and C. A. Wight, “Use of Condensed Phase Reaction Models in Combustion Simulation of Energetic Materials”, J. Propulsion Power 2008, 24(2), 175-183. Published, 03/2008.
  • N. L. Livne, O. E. Livne and C. A. Wight, “Can Automated Scoring Surpass Hand Grading of Students' Constructed Responses and Error Patterns in Mathematics?” MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching 2007 3(3), 295-306. Published, 08/30/2007.
  • C. A. Wight, “Eight Ways to Ace Your Accreditation Site Visit,” Distance Education Report 2007 11(14) (Magna Publications, Madison, WI). Published, 07/15/2007.
  • N. L. Livne, O. E. Livne and C. A. Wight, “Automated Assessment of Creative Solutions in Mathematics through Comparative Parsing,” In, Ai-Girl Tan (Ed.), Creativity, A Handbook for Teachers, (World Scientific, Singapore, 2007) pp. 399-422. Published, 05/24/2007.