Board Member, 2020
California State Polytechnic University
Alexander Rudolph is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona). He received his bachelor’s 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 was on the faculty of Harvey Mudd College from 1994-2001. He also spent a year teaching high school science and math. Professor Rudolph has conducted research with over 20 undergraduates 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. He is Director of two NSF-funded programs, CAMPARE and Cal-Bridge, to promote minority and female involvement in research in Astronomy, Planetary Science, and Astrobiology, and to increase their numbers obtaining PhDs those and other related fields. CAMPARE consists of students from 33 community college and California State University (CSU) campuses in California participating in summer research with scientists from 13 world-class research institutions in California and across the country. The Cal-Bridge program is a partnership of over 50 faculty from 15 CSU and University of California (UC) campuses forming a CSU-UC PhD Bridge program designed to help qualified minority and female CSU students bridge into UC or other PhD programs in Astronomy, Physics, or related fields. Professor Rudolph is also involved in research into the effectiveness of interactive learning strategies in general education astronomy (Astro 101) classes, publishing results of his research in numerous journals including Physics Today. Professor Rudolph has significant K-12 outreach experience, including yearlong partnerships with elementary school teachers (Projects ASTRO, FOSTER); conducting an Astrobiology workshop for elementary school teachers; and promoting interactive learning and the use of clickers at local schools in Pomona, California.