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Bob Ross

Professor of Physics

Dr. Bob Ross
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Chemistry
Room: 18
Phone: (313) 993-1480
Dr. Bob Ross
Teaches:
General & Advanced Physics

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Physics, Wayne State University
  • B.S., Physics, Wayne State University

Biography

Fifteen years of industrial research and development experience with Ford Motor Co. and Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD). Involved in deposition and characterization of TiO2 thin films for use in O2 sensors at Ford. At ECD, developed plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition equipment for thin film a-Si:Ge:H:F multi-junction spectrum-splitting solar cells. Also developed transparent conductive oxide anti-reflection coatings and detached diffuse back-reflectors for stainless steel substrates. Developed electrical and optical photovoltaic device characterization equipment.

Research Interests:

Photovoltaic devices and solar energy conversion.  Optical and transport properties in thin films. Research in physics education including pedagogy, assessment, and inquiry-based demonstrations and laboratory activities. Currently working on innovative methods to teach quantum mechanics using simulations to investigate properties of quantum computation.

Teaching Experience:

Over 20 years of experience teaching calculus-based introductory physics, modern physics, solid state physics, and electrical engineering courses in network theory and semiconductor devices. Taught a summer outreach program for high school students for 10 years.

Community Service:

Serve on the Utica Community Schools (UCS) Board of Education. UCS is the second largest district in Michigan with about 28,000 students–many matriculate to Detroit Mercy. The district is highly regarded locally and nationally. The graduation rate of 93% is one of the highest in Michigan. Currently serve as Treasurer with responsibility for a $265 million annual operating budget, and Chair of the Capital Projects subcommittee.

Publications:

Gender Effects in a General Physics Laboratory Assessment, R. Ross, E.P. Venugopal, G. Hillebrand, M. Murray, and M. Gonderinger, in Proceedings of the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH, (2017).

Gender Effects in Physics Assessments of Kinematic Graphs, R. Ross and K. Snyder in Proceedings of the 2016 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA, (2016).

Operational Definition and Assessment, R. Ross in Proceedings of the 2015 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, GA, (2015).

Results of a Multi-Year Assessment of Inquiry-Based Second Semester General Physics Laboratory Activities, R. Ross, E.P. Venugopal, G. Hillebrand, M. Murray, and M. Gonderinger, in Proceedings of the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, IN, (2014).

A Simple Demonstration of the Power Factor,  R. Ross, in Proceedings of the 2013 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, GA, (2013).

A Physics Laboratory Activity to Simulate the Operation of the Touchscreen on a Smartphone, G. Hillebrand, M. Murray, J. Ross, R. Ross, and C. Tartar in Proceedings of the 2012 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, TX, (2012).

Fabrication of Organic Light-emitting Diodes in an Undergraduate Physics Course, R. Ross, and M. Murray, in Proceedings of the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC, (2011).

A Nanotechnology Application for Physics Laboratory Courses, R. Ross, in Proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, KY, (2010).

Assessing Student Attitudes and Interest in Physics and Engineering as a Result of the Physics of Cell Phones and Wireless Communications Curriculum, R. Ross, E. Venugopal, D. Maggio, and M. Mouyianis in Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, TX, (2009).

Tales from the Wave Front:  Teaching the Physics of Cell Phones and Wireless Communications, J. Ross and R. Ross in Proceedings of the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, PA, (2008).

Inquiry-based Activities in a Second Semester Physics Laboratory: Results of a Two-year Assessment, R. Ross and P. Venugopal in Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, HI, (2007).

A Student-Centered Solar Photovoltaic Installation Project, A. Haman, R. Ross, M. Schumack, W. Wittig, D. Chew, K. Dzwigalski, C. Kemig, M. Mouyianis and T. Rourke in Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, HI, (2007).

On the problem of (dis)charging a capacitor through a lamp.  R. Ross and P. Venugopal, Am. J. Phys. 74(6), 523-525 (2006).

An Innovative Inquiry-Based Experiment on the Temperature Dependence of the Resistance of a Filament Lamp.  R. Ross and P. Venugopal in Proceedings of the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, IL, (2006).

Grants and Awards

Distinguished Educator and Service Award from the Engineering Physics and Physics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2016.

Best Paper Award for Engineering Physics and Physics Division of the ASEE in 2012.  A Physics Laboratory Activity to Simulate the Operation of the Touchscreen on a Smartphone.

Arthur C. Haman Service Award for service to student organizations in 2006.

Engineering Teacher of the Year in 2000 and Science Teacher of the Year in 2006, as determined by students at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Selected as one of the three finalists for the 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Engineering/Science Teacher of the Year Award by the Engineering/Science students at UDM.

Detroit Mercy Internal Research Fund.  Quantum Eraser and Interaction-Free Measurement Systems, $3773, 2014.

Detroit Mercy Internal Research Fund.  Thin film organ solar cells and light-emitting diodes, $8,902, 2009.

Detroit Mercy Internal Research Fund.  P. Venugopal co-PI,  Developing inquiry based experiments for an introductory physics laboratory, $3434, 2009.

 
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