Kress, Monika

Kress, Monika

Professor, Physics & Astronomy




Preferred: (408) 924-5210

Office Hours

By appointment via Spartan Connect.

If you would like to make an appointment with me for physics major advising, you can do so via Spartan Connect. 

Please note that I am no longer Department Chair as of June 1, 2022. If you are looking for permission numbers (add codes) for Physics classes, please visit the Physics Department website and follow links from there.  


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1997
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, United States, 1991

Licenses and Certificates

  • Graduate Certificate, Advanced Analytics for Higher Education, Arizona State University, 2022


Dr. Kress is undergraduate adviser for physics majors. She is collaborating with the CalState Chancellor's Office on the Course Equity Portal in spring 2023. She was Chair of the Department from 2017-2022. She joined the faculty of SJSU's Department of Physics & Astronomy in August 2004. She served on the 2003-2004 Antarctic Search for Meteorites. From 2000-2004, she was a research associate with the University of Washington's Center for Astrobiology and Early Evolution. From 1997-2000, she was a National Research Council postdoctoral research associate at NASA Ames Research Center.  She received her PhD in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1997.