Curriculum Vitae for David 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. from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1962, M.S. from Iowa State University in 1964, Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1970. Have held the following positions at 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).

Active 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- ), Section Reporter (2001-2005). Have attended numerous meetings of the state and national AAPT.  Received the ISAAPT Distinguished Service Citation for outstanding contributions to physics teaching.  The award was presented in 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 on Feb. 25, 2016 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): Council Secretary (1996), Vice President (1997), President (1998), Senior Choir (2005- ), Deliver Meals on Wheels (2008- ), Webmaster (1998-2013).  Member of the Leadership Board of the West Rock Island County IL Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (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", Apr. 16, 1965.

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, summers of 1991 and 1992. Extensive CCD photos taken of Comet Hale-Bopp (1996-97). All photos and a comet movie are published on the Web.  CCD photos taken of Comet LINEAR S4 (June and July, 2000).  Photos and a movie taken of Comet McNaught-Hartley (January, 2001).  Photo taken of Comet LINEAR A2 (July, 2001).

Consultant to Strieter Corporation of Rock Island, Illinois since 1992. I designed the optics and prepared the basic information leading to two U.S. patents and one Canadian Patent on the Strieter-Lite device and the Strieter-Lite method of installation. The patents were obtained in 1994. The U.S. Patent numbers are: 5,277,526 and 5,320,446. The Canadian patent is: 2,106,276.  These patents have now expired.  I have measured and reported on the visibility of the reflected light from red, amber, blue-green and white Strieter-Lite reflectors in ranges varying from 50 feet to 600 feet.  The results of this research are published on their website which I maintain (2008- ). I also consulted on various research articles regarding the testing by other agencies. In 2006 using digital photography and digital photo analysis, I filtered out the red light and simulated what deer see with white light shining on red, amber, blue green and white reflectors, creating a PowerPoint presentation to show the results.

Extensive experience with computers, computer languages, and operating systems: Cray Y/MP, MicroVAX, Prime 400 and 750, Apple II, 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 leadership roles in the John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi:  President (1977 and 1998), Webmaster (1996- ).  Program presented for this organization on March 26, 1997 titled "Comet Hale Bopp".

Presented a workshop on "Using the Augustana Scanning Electron Microscope" on November 18 and 21, 2003 for eight members of the Augustana faculty.  Repeated it again on Mar. 4, 2004 for another Augustana faculty member.

Maintain many other websites including those for physics, astronomy, Science at Augustana, ISAAPT, and the John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi.  My personal home page provides links to all of these pages.

Active photographer using digital cameras since 2000.  Active user of an Apple iMac, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Last update: March 3, 2016