David R. Renneke

Professor Emeritus of Physics at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.
Full time professor of physics at Augustana from 1968 to 2006
Half time professor of physics in 2006-2007 and 2009-2010
Part time professor of physics in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013

B.S. in physics and mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1962
M.S. in physics from Iowa State University in 1964
Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kansas in 1970

Augustana College
  Chair of the Physics Department (1982-88, 1999-2006)
  Chair of the Faculty Senate (1986-87)
  Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences (1989-95)

My professional interests include physics, astronomy and computers.

My personal home page (https://sites.google.com/site/davidrrenneke) provides links to numerous websites that I have created.

Extensive experience with computers, computer languages, and operating systems: Cray Y/MP, MicroVAX, Prime 400 and 750, Apple IIe, Macintosh, IBM PC, Sun Sparcstation, Unix, Linux, most versions of Windows, and iOS. Specialize in computer applications in physics education (spreadsheets in lab, interfacing to lab equipment, simulations, numerical analysis, graphics, sound spectral analysis). Superuser for Helios, the physics department's Internet server.

Active photographer using digital cameras since 2000. Active user of an Apple iMac and iPad Pro.

Leadership roles in the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT):
  President (1987)
  Council member (1990-94)
  Secretary/Treasurer (1995-2000)
  Webmaster (1994-2016)
  Section Reporter (2001-2005)
  Special shirt - 2018

Have attended numerous meetings of the state and national AAPT.

Received the ISAAPT Distinguished Service Citation for outstanding contributions to physics teaching (October, 1997).

Received the 2016 Senior Scientist of the Year award for outstanding contributions in the engineering/science professions and service to the Quad Cities community. The award was presented at the annual banquet of the Quad City Engineering and Science Council.

Member and Secretary of the ILLOWA Lutheran Coalition Council (1993-95).

Election Committee member for the annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly held at Augustana in June (1988- ).

Active at St. James Lutheran Church, Rock Island, Illinois:
  Council Secretary (1996)
  Vice President (1997)
  President (1998)
  Senior Choir (2005- )
  Delivered Meals on Wheels (2008-2015)
  Webmaster (1998- )
  Adopt-A-Highway (1996- )
  Photographer (2000- )
  Tech Guy (1988- ) - computers, audio-visual, sound board

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  Member of the Leadership Board of the West Rock Island County IL Chapter of (2008-2011)
  Director of Communications for this Chapter (2008-2011)

Member of the Operating Committee of the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover, IL
  Webmaster (2008- )

Research publication - "Infrared Lattice Vibrations and Dielectric Dispersion in Single-Crystal Cr2O3" (April 16, 1965). Abstract and copy of the publication.

Consultant to Deere and Company on computer graphics (color contour maps in two and three dimensions), (1977-84).

Pew grant for research on internal stress in thin films of titanium nitride (1988).

Director of several undergraduate research projects (holography, astrophotography, high-speed photography, nonlinear systems) for the Pew scholars program at Augustana College, summers of 1991 and 1992.

CCD photos taken of:
Comet Hale-Bopp (1996-97)
  Comet LINEAR S4 (June and July, 2000)
  Comet McNaught-Hartley (January, 2001)
  Comet LINEAR A2 (July, 2001)

John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi
  President (1977 and 1998)
  Webmaster (1996-2018)
  Program presented in 1997 titled
"Comet Hale Bopp".

Presented a workshop on "Using the Augustana Scanning Electron Microscope" in 2003 for 9 members of the Augustana faculty.