Prize Recipient

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Kelly R. Roos
Bradley University


"For developing an active, inclusive, and supportive community of physics educators dedicated to integrating computation into their instruction; creating, reviewing, and disseminating instructional materials; and generating knowledge of computation in physics curricula and of effective practices."


Kelly R. Roos received his B.Sc. in Physics from from Bradley University in 1987, and earned his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics in 1993 at Iowa State University. He is in his 30th year on the faculty at Bradley University where he is a Professor of Physics and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He has taught just about every course in the physics curriculum, and just about all the thermal science and modeling courses in Mechanical Engineering. He also occasionally teaches graduate courses in Quantitative Finance. He has integrated computational activities into his courses at all levels since day one as a faculty member. He was recognized in 2006 as a “Pioneer in Computational Physics Education” by Computing in Science and Engineering Magazine. He is one of the founders of the Partnership for Integration of Computation into Undergraduate Physics (PICUP), an informal organization dedicated to positively impacting the undergraduate physics curriculum nationwide through a workshop- and support-based community-building strategy, and continues to serve as the Chair of the PICUP Leadership Council. Under the auspices of the PICUP he has conducted, or co-conducted, over 50 workshops since 2016 on computation in the physics curriculum, guiding faculty from a wide array of institutions and disciplines across the country.

Selection Committee:

2023 Selection Committee Members: Clausell Mathis (Chair), Carmen Pantoja, Edmund Bertschinger