Dr. Dan Fleisch is a Professor of Physics and the Director of Weaver Observatory at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he specializes in electromagnetics and space physics. He is the author of A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations, published by Cambridge University Press in 2008, and for A Student's Guide to Vectors and Tensors, published by Cambridge in 2011. He is co-author with Dr. Julia Kregenow of Penn State University of A Student's Guide to the Mathematics of Astronomy, published by Cambridge in 2013. He is co-author with the late Prof. John Kraus of The Ohio State University of the McGraw-Hill textbook Electromagnetics with Applications. Dr. Fleisch's Student's Guides have become international best-sellers and have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Italian.
Dr. Fleisch has published articles in the IEEE Transactions, The Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, and Microwave Journal, and he has presented more than a dozen professional papers on topics related to high-speed microwave instrumentation and radar cross-section measurement. He has been a regular contributor of science commentary to PBS station WYSO of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and in 2006 he appeared in the documentary "The Dayton Codebreakers" shown on Public Television. In 2009 he was the first U.S. citizen to receive an Arthur Award from Stuart McLean of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Dr. Fleisch was named Outstanding Faculty Member at the Wittenberg Greek scholarship awards in 2000, and in 2002 he won the Omicron Delta Kappa award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2003 and 2005 he was recognized for Faculty Excellence and Innovation by the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE). In 2004, Dr. Fleisch received the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, Wittenberg's highest faculty award. He was named the Ohio Professor of the Year in November 2010 by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In August of 2013, he was named one of the top 25 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professors in Ohio.
Dr. Fleisch received his B.S. in Physics from Georgetown University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Space Physics and Astronomy from Rice University.
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Dr. Laura Kinnaman is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. She previously taught for two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN. Kinnaman has presented conference posters and oral presentations on computer simulations of the properties and behavior of complex chemical systems, with an eye toward green energy production.
She has developed and taught a wide range of physics courses at Morningside and Wabash. She is invested in active learning classes, and has flipped the general physics course at Morningside. Kinnaman teaches waves concepts from the introductory level, in general physics and astronomy, to the advanced level, in quantum mechanics and dynamics.
Kinnaman introduces students to research methods by supervising undergraduate summer research. Projects include developing computer simulations and programming LEGO robots to perform various random walks.
Kinnaman received her B.S. in physics from Wittenberg University in 2005 and her Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. At Notre Dame she received the Kaneb Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in 2011, a Graduate Summer Fellowship from the Notre Dame Center for Applied Mathematics in 2008, and was a Smith Fellow from 2008-2009.
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