Title: Associate Professor Emeritus
Company: Texas A&M University
Location: College Station, Texas, United States
Rodger Koppa, Associate Professor Emeritus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics education.
Prior to embarking upon his professional path, Dr. Koppa initially wanted to become an astrophysicist. However, one of his physics professors at the University of Texas brought his attention to the field of psychophysics, an area of experimental psychology, which piqued his interest. With a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree to his credit, he decided to dedicate his career to exploring the field. From 1961 to 1967, he worked as a human factors engineer at LTV Aerospace Corporation in Dallas, TX. He subsequently accepted a position as an assistant research psychologist at the Texas Transportation Institute, where one of his superiors suggested pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in industrial engineering. Utilizing this advice, Dr. Koppa graduated from Texas A&M University with the aforementioned doctorate in 1979.
In 1982, Dr. Koppa began teaching as an associate professor at Texas A&M University, a position in which he found much success throughout his extensive career. In 2000, he obtained the Trinity Industries’ Career Achievement Award in recognition of his accomplishments. He believes his success resonates with his genuine love for teaching, as he truly enjoys working with, and being there for, his students. He fondly looks back on his time as an engineer, especially his efforts while working on the Apollo 13 Space Program. In 2019, Dr. Koppa was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award as a testament to his professional success.
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