Plenary Lecture

Innovation in Physics Education for Engineering Schools

Professor Joseph Quartieri
Department of Industrial Engineering, Engineering Faculty
University of Salerno

Abstract: Physics is one of the first relevant courses that a student of any Engineering course has to deal with. Usually General Physics courses (Mechanics and Electromagnetism) are held at the first year of the degree course and Physics Professors have to deal with a low background knowledge of the students.
During the almost 40 years of experience as a professor in the Physics courses for Engineering schools, the author developed a unitary path, mainly in the Mechanics and Electromagnetism study, that helps the student to go through the many problems that occur.
In this plenary lecture, the author will give a general overview of this path and will present some of the many “glittering stones” that he found in these years. This personal approach makes the Physics education much easier and understandable, even for students that do not have a strong knowledge in Mathematics, Field Theory, etc.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Prof. Joseph Quartieri, now, is full professor of Applied Physics in the Engineering Faculty of University of Salerno. He belongs to the Industrial Engineering Department of the same University. From 1997-98 up to now, he is the coordinator of all the Physics courses in the Engineering Faculty. From 2006 to 2012 he was also in charge of Medical Physics course at Medicine and Surgery Faculty of University of Salerno and for a few years he was elected in the administration board of the University of Salerno.
He got graduated cum laude in Nuclear Physics at Naples University in 1974. From 1980 to 1986 he worked as researcher at National Research Centre (CNR). From 1980 he took several teaching positions as assistant professor, and in 1985 he became associated professor, in Structure of Matter, at Engineering Faculty of Rome University “Tor Vergata”. From 1997 he moved to the Engineering Faculty of Salerno University, where became full professor of Experimental Physics. He got a scientific association with the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), in the Salerno’s group and also worked in the European Organization for Nuclear Research at CERN in Geneva. He is author of hundreds of papers in several relevant international journals.

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