BS, Purdue University; MS, Ph.D., Yale University
Dr. Ben Zwickl joined the RIT School of Physics and Astronomy in 2013 after completing a PhD in physics at Yale University and a postdoc in physics education research at University of Colorado Boulder. He is a core member of RIT’s Physics Education Research group and the Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative. His projects have focused on preparation for the optics workforce, quantum workforce, communication skills in STEM, mathematical problem-solving in physics-related fields, innovation and entrepreneurship within physics, learning within complex environments, such as lab courses and research labs, students’ career decision-making, and qualitative and quantitative studies on PhD completion. His research benefits students, employers, and communities by addressing varied aspects of the school to work transition. He is motivated by a desire to help students from diverse backgrounds identify and pursue satisfying careers after college.
In the News
November 4, 2022
NSF grant funds RIT postdoctoral fellows in STEM education research
The National Science Foundation has awarded RIT $1.2 million for a cohort of four postdoctoral fellows to conduct STEM discipline-based education research. Each fellow will work with two mentors, encouraging cutting-edge research at the interface of traditional disciplines.
May 19, 2022
RIT offers new minor in emerging field of quantum information science and technology
RIT students can soon begin earning a minor in an emerging field that could disrupt the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. RIT students can now take classes toward a minor in quantum information science and technology.
May 16, 2022
Ben Zwickl to spend fall in Oslo studying physics students’ computational literacy and career interests
Associate Professor Ben Zwickl will head to the University of Oslo this fall to research what he calls one of the most understudied aspects of the undergraduate physics curriculum.
February 10, 2023
Zwickl presents at quantum education workshop
September 24, 2021
Team publishes analysis of graduate admissions metrics
April 14, 2021
Higher Education Readies for a Quantum Leap
August 15, 2019
Associate professor leads optics education meeting