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Professor Rod Engelmann retires at the end of this semester  
Rod received his Diploma (1963) and PhD (1966) from the University of Heidelberg working on the weak interaction properties of hyperons. He was habilitated in Germany. Soon after that he joined Argonne National Laboratory. He came to Stony Brook in 1973 and advanced to the rank of full professor quickly in 1980. Early in his Stony Brook days, he led studies of high energy neutrino interactions and 200 GeV proton collisions at the newly commissioned Fermilab accelerator. In an extended stay at CERN in the 1980's, he exploited the UA2 data from the proton-antiproton collider to study the newly discovered Wand Z bosons and high transverse momentum processes. During a leave at BNL, he worked to characterize the magnets for the accelerator that ultimately became RHIC. For many years he worked on the DZero experiment, followed by the ATLAS experiment more recently. He was the adviser to nine graduate students.

Rod had a special talent for teaching the pre-med introductory physics courses. He started to work on internet-based education years before it became a major trend. He combined his understanding of the email, blogging and other WEB-based methods as a way to engage students. He used these and other computer-based tools to create novel and more effective ways to teach introductory physics. A 2009 interview with Rod about his teaching methods can be seen here

Rod will keep working with us on these matters, and we will rely on his advice and help in the coming years.

2014-05-20

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