Dr. Alexander Rudolph is Professor of Physics at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona). He received his bachelors degree from Haverford College in 1982, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1988. Before joining the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona, he worked as a faculty research associate at the University of Maryland, a National Research Council Fellow at NASA/Ames Research Center, and was on the faculty of Harvey Mudd College from 1994-2001. He also spent a year teaching high school science and math.
An astronomer, Dr. Rudolph studies star formation and galactic structure, using radio, infrared, and optical telescopes. He has published articles, many with undergraduate student co-authors, on the properties of outflows from forming stars and circumstellar disks around such stars, the dependence of abundance gradients on galactocentric radius in the Milky Way, searches for Brown Dwarfs, and the properties of HII regions in the outer Galaxy.
Since joining the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Rudolph has led efforts to implement interactive learning techniques in physics and astronomy classrooms, and is leading the effort to expand such techniques across campus. He is also involved in research into the effectiveness of interactive techniques in general education astronomy classes. He has conducted a national study of over 4000 students at 31 colleges and universities around the country with the goal of determining how interactive techniques affect students learning of concepts in astronomy. Results of this study have been published in the American Journal of Physics, Astronomy Education Review, and Physics Today.