Professor Kenneth A. Connor
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Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems
Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is Director of Education and Outreach for the SMART LIGHTING ERC. Also holds a joint appointment in Information Technology and Web Science. Research involves the application of particle beam based diagnostics to
of interest to the thermonuclear fusion community, high frequency wave phenomena,
photonics, smart lighting, engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology
Photo: Kris Kua, RPI
Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications
Mobile Studio Project
Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
School of Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
New York 12180-3590
Telephone: (518) 276-8552
EMAIL: connor at rpi dot edu
YouTube | Twitter: @connorken
Notes to First Time Visitors to My Website: If you are looking for science and engineering activities to do with your elementary, middle or high school age children, check out my Education and Outreach pages and my list of Project Information. If you are looking for career guidance, check out my Student Career Information. If you are looking for gift ideas for the engineer, scientist or tech junkie in your family, check out my links to Toys and Gifts.
- Courses and Teaching
- Smart Lighting ERC
A Generation 3 NSF Engineering Research Center for which I am the Education and Diversity Director.
- Heavy Ion Beam Probe
RPI HIBP activities with particular emphasis on the MST HIBP.
- Mobile Studio
A small, inexpensive hardware instrumentation platform for use in a classroom environment.
- Electrial and Computer Engineering Information
Electrial and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.
Computing Research Association.
- Service Activities
- Personal Information
- Vegan Information
This is a surgical procedure that may be worth trying if you want to stop snoring. It did not really work for me.
- My Family
Some Connor Family photos and info.
- Engineering Collection
A mostly random collection of artifacts that have had some influence on me. Some are examples of good engineering, some are just what I had to deal with at some time.
- Magsoft Corporation
An electromagnetics software company that I worked with.
- RPDL History
Some photos and articles on the lab -- either found in old files or provided by plasma alums.
- Honors Institute for Young Scientists (HIFYS)
I attended this math-physics-chemistry program in Michigan (Grand Rapids & Ann Arbor) during the summer of 1963 between my junior and senior
years in high school. I have very few mementos from this great experience, only a few letters my mother saved and a photo of the group, which can also be found in the Grand Valley State College Digital Collection.
( I am the one on the far left in partial shade.)
I am convinced that this program firmly solidified my desire to be an electrical engineer and, especially, to be an EE professor since the UofM EE professors I met were amazing. I just wish I could remember their names. I recently found the name of the HIFYS math teacher, Leroy Sachs, who I hope to reconnect with sometime.
- Graduate Education Information
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- Educational and Project Tools & Info
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- Amateur Scientist
A great resource for science stuff.
- Theremin information from Theremin.info and ThereminWorld
One of the most interesting electronic devices. The first electronic instrument.
- Prof. Paul Schoch's experiment with our favorite throw-away camera.
- The Anderson Center
The Anderson Center for Innovation in Undergraduate Education is dedicated to the advancement of innovative education. The Anderson Center was founded in 1989 and supported by major donations from Lois J. and Harlan E. Anderson, the Hewlett Packard Foundation, the David Darrin Estate and the George M. Low Memorial Fund. Dr. Jack M. Wilson was the first Director. The present director is Dr. Brad Lister.
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"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog,
it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." - E. B. White
"You know what Rogers Hornsby told me forty-five years ago? It was
the best batting advice I ever got. 'Get a good ball to hit.' What does
that mean? It means a ball that does not fool you, a ball that is not
in a tough spot for you. Think of trying to hit it back up the middle. Try
not to pull it every time." -Ted Williams
"You can't plow a field by turning it over in your mind." - Irish
"Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man
got to be common." - Satchel Paige
"I wish the country had fewer lawyers and more engineers." - Barack Obama
"I am often asked how radio works. Well, you see, wire telegraphy is like a very long cat. You yank his tail in New York and he meows in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? Now, radio is exactly the same, except that there is no cat." -Attributed to Albert Einstein
"The sun is a miasma of incandescent plasma" - They Might Be Giants (YouTube Video)
"I’m sorry I wrote you such a long letter; I didn’t have time to write a short one." - Blaise Pascal
"I was fortunate to have been grounded in basic values essential to good leadership by my parents, teachers, teammates, coaches, and colleagues. When I assumed the Wisconsin AD position, I never forgot those precepts. Hire good people. Treat them with dignity. Establish objectives. Set a good example. And get the hell out of their way and let them do what they're supposed to do." - Pat Richter (quoted by Vince Sweeney in 'Always a Badger.')
"“Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.” – Henry James
"A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition." - Jose Bergamin