Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: California State University
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Alfonso Rueda, Professor Emeritus at California State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics research and education.
Dr. Rueda was raised in Colombia, in the department of Santander. He came to the United States to complete his higher education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and a Master of Electrical Engineering in 1963. Dr. Rueda then started working as an instructor at the University de los Andes in Colombia, until 1966. He returned to the U.S. and continued his education at Cornell University, earning a Master of Arts in applied physics in 1968, and a PhD in applied mathematics in 1973.
In 1973, Dr. Rueda returned to the University de los Andes, where he worked as a professor and researcher until 1984. He served as the chairman of the physics department until 1976, and as the dean of arts and sciences from 1980 to 1982. In 1984, he became an associate professor at the University of Puerto Rico, where he worked until 1989, when he permanently immigrated to the United States. Dr. Rueda became an associate professor at California State University, rising to the rank of professor in 1993, and in 2010, he took on the designation of professor emeritus.
Through his career, Dr. Rueda has contributed a variety of articles to professional journals, and remembers his first published paper in the Journal of Chemical Physics as a highlight in his career. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Physical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Planetary Society, among others. Additionally, Dr. Rueda is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi.
Dr. Rueda was inspired to become a physicist by his father’s friend, who was an astronomer. In high school, his teacher was a physicist who further motivated him to pursue a career in the field. During his higher education, he cites professor Yerly and professor Yilt as mentors, and in his spare time, he enjoys investigating extraterrestrial life. As a testament to his success, experience, stature, and expertise as a physicist and educator, Dr. Rueda has been included in the 23rd and 24th editions of Who’s Who in the West.