Professor Kenneth A. Connor

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Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and engineering education onsultant. Research involves the application of particle beam based diagnostics to plasmas of interest to the thermonuclear fusion community, high frequency wave phenomena, photonics, instrumentation, engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology enhanced learning. 

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Photo: Kris Kua, RPI

Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications
Mobile Studio Project
Inclusive Engineering Consortium
Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
School of Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
EMAIL: connor at rpi dot edu
YouTube | Twitter: @connorken

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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 Proverb 

"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