Joseph T. Buba Department of Physics and Technology
Dr. Richard Lloyd
Dr. Richard Lloyd came to Edinboro University in 2006 after a stint at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Physics at Iowa State University and a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Truman State University in Missouri. Prior to starting his college education, he spent six years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear propulsion specialist being trained at the Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla. and the nuclear prototype S1W plant at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. After completing emergency repair welding training at San Diego, he finished his service on submarines ported out of Pearl Harbor.
His professional career at Edinboro has concentrated in the areas of astronomy and renewable energy. He is a member of NWPAGE, and is engaged in multidisciplinary research in renewable energy with other EU faculty. In 2009, he wrote a grant for $474,000 that supported the construction of a 190 kWsolar array near the McComb Fieldhouse completed in 2011. Subsequently he renovated the campus observatory to establish a scientific platform for student research with the use of high resolution spectroscopy and photometric filters.
He is an active contributor to a variety of environmental organizations including the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Council and many others. Other groups supported include the Council for Secular Humanism and UNICEF. Outside of professional interests, he reads widely, rides bicycles, occasionally sails, and enjoys living in Edinboro.
Dr. Karim Hossain joined the Edinboro University in 1987 with the passion to make physics fun!
His graduate research from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville focused on laser physics. When he began teaching, Dr. Hossain realized that students in physics courses exhibited an anxiety that limited their motivation to learn. To improve the learning situation as well as his teaching technique, Dr. Hossain pursued his PhD in Physics Education at the State University of New York – Buffalo. Dr. Hossain also researches the global comparison of students’ performance in STEM courses. The U.S. is recognized as a leading nation in several areas, but the nation perpetuates alarmingly mediocre scores in STEM fields. Dr. Hossain compares the problems and prospects of science education in America on a global scale.
Dr. Hossain emphasizes that the ideas of physics should be understood conceptually before being used as a base for applied mathematics. Traditional physics courses apply a 'problem solving' approach. In this approach, students solve problems by manipulation of twigs and branches while they may lack a conceptual understanding of the tree’s trunk from which the branches stem. His approach is to choose a few of the concepts presented in the reading, cite illustrative analogies, and then start a discussion. The students are then able to tie physics to their personal experiences. Students learn to see physics not as a classroom activity but as a part of everyday living. Dr. Hossain is noted for his engaging (and fun!) lectures at EU.
Dr. James R. Kirk is a professor of physics and technology at Edinboro University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in physics from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. in atmospheric physics from The Pennsylvania State University. Along the way to earning his academic credentials, Dr. Kirk developed a broad background that includes expertise in academic areas such as advanced electronics, digital signal processing, control systems, engineering, astronomy, and computer visualization. Because of his diverse background, Dr. Kirk has published articles in many different arenas. Such articles can be found in journals such as the Physics Teacher, the Computers in Education Journal, and Monthly Weather Review. His Monthly Weather Review publications are particularly notable and have been cited around the globe.
Dr. Kirk’s contributions to the Joseph T. Buba Department of Physics and Technology have been significant. As one of the most versatile faculty members in the department, Dr. Kirk has taught a wide range of courses. In addition, he served as the chairperson of the department for nearly 12 years. As chair, Dr. Kirk directed and molded nearly every aspect of the department.
Professor Peter Kuvshinikov is a tenured assistant professor in the Physics and Technology department at Edinboro University. He received his Ph.D. in organizational learning and leadership from Gannon University in 2015, a Master of education from Edinboro University in 2008 and a Master of Science in manufacturing systems engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2003.
He has presented work on international project management, partnerships and joint ventures, and on injection molding analysis software at numerous national and international conferences. He is involved with the following academic and professional organizations: Society of Plastic Engineers, National Tool Manufacturer’s Association, Pennsylvania Manufacturer’s Association, Manufacturer’s Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Mathematical Association of America.