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Robert Panoff (Bob Panoff)



  • Higher Ed: Education, Teacher: Science, Researcher 


Dr. Robert M. Panoff is founder and Executive Director of The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc., and has been a consultant at several national laboratories. He is also a frequent presenter at NSF- sponsored workshops on visualization, supercomputing, and networking, and continues to serve as consultant for the education program at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has served on the advisory panel for Applications of Advanced Technology program at NSF. Dr. Panoff received his B.S. in physics from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. and Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Washington University in St. Louis, undertaking both pre- and postdoctoral work at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.

As principal investigator on several NSF grants he worked to develop a series of interactive simulations which combine supercomputing resources and desktop computers. Dr. Panoff continues an active research program in computational condensed matter physics while defining and implementing educational initiatives at the Shodor Foundation.

His work has won several major science and education awards, including the 1990 Cray Gigaflop Performance Award in Supercomputing, the 1994 and 1995 Undergraduate Computational Science Education Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy, and a 1995 Achievement Award from the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. In 1993-1994, his interactive simulations were used as the basis of an international science collaboration demonstrating network technologies involving four of the schools from the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, for which he received a letter of commendation from the Department of Defense. In recognition of Dr. Panoff's efforts in undergraduate faculty enhancement and curriculum development, the Shodor Foundation was named in 1996 as a Foundation Partner of the National Science Foundation for the revitalization of undergraduate education. 


Stochastic processing, Computational condensed matters physics,Computational science education, Undergraduate science education 


"Supercomputer based laboratories and the evolution of the personal computer based laboratory," American Journal of Physics -- April 2008 -- Volume 76, Issue 4, pp. 379-384

"Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing Students for Petascale Computational Science and Engineering," Computing in Science and Engineering, September/October 2009 (vol. 11 no. 5)

"An Interview with Robert M. Panoff," Tech Trends, Springer Verlag, Volume 53, Number 4 / July, 2009

"Simulations Deepen Scientific Learning,"