Kress, Monika

Kress, Monika

Professor Emerita, Physics & Astronomy




Preferred: (408) 924-5210

Please note that I have retired from San Jose State as of June 2023 to take a position at Stanford University. 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 retired from SJSU in 2023. She joined the faculty of SJSU's Department of Physics & Astronomy in August 2004, serving as Department Chair from 2017-2022. 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.