ALOIS (Al) J. ADAMS Ph.D.

ALOIS (Al) J. ADAMS
Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy Department
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University
Little Rock, AR 72204
TEL: (501) 569-3498 / FAX: (501) 569-3314 / E-MAIL: ajadams@ualr.edu

EDUCATION:
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Ph.D. (Physics) 1976
University of Dallas, Irving, TX, B.A. (Physics) 1969

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, 2000-present
Associate Professor, Applied Science; 1990-2000
Acting Head, Electronics and Instrumentation; 1990-1991
Assistant Professor, Electronics and Instrumentation, Graduate Institute of Technology; 1984-1990
NASA Summer Faculty Fellowships, Kennedy Space Center, Florida; Summers 1986 & 1987
Research Associate and Graduate Faculty, Electronics and Instrumentation, University of Arkansas, Graduate Institute of Technology; 1981-1984
Physics Instructor (part-time), Radiology Department, St. Vincent’s Infirmary, Little Rock, AR; 1981-1990
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy; 1980-1981

MEMBERSHIPS:
American Association of Physics Teachers (1997-present)
Arkansas Academy of Science (2000-present)

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Optical properties of biological tissue, biophysics, aerosol science and technology, physics education and physics education research, laser safety

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Undergraduate (and graduate) courses in: introductory physics, medical physics, classical mechanics, electromagnetism, electronics, wave motion and optics, electro-optics, signal processing, transducers, and integrated science for K-12 teachers.

THESES/DISSERTATIONS SUPERVISED AS MAJOR PROFESSOR:
Steve Nicoletti, “Wavelength Modification for Enhanced Solar Cell Efficiency”, PhD December 2005
Jon Abney, “Quantitative Contamination Monitoring System for NASA Cleanrooms, December 1999
Deborah Herden, “Spectral Reflectance of Rice Seedlings”, M.S., December 1999.
Jinzhen Chen, “External Cavity Diode Laser Applications in Spectroscopy”, M.S. December 1999
Richard Homard, “Diode Lasers and Thin Application to Raman Spectroscopy”, Ph.D., August 1998.
Chris Masters, “Single Particle Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Chromium Oxides: A Feasibility Study”, M.S., August 1994.
Haiyin Sun, “Development of a Tunable Grating External Cavity Semiconductor Laser with Real Time Wavelength Monitoring”, Ph.D., May 1994.
Claudio Hernandez, “Multisensor Approach to Diagnostics of Reciprocating Compressors”, Ph.D., May 1994.

PUBLICATIONS:

Wilson, J.D., A.J. Adams, P. Murphy, H. Eswaran, and H. Preissl, “Design of a light stimulator for fetal and neonatal magnetoencephalography”, Physiol. Meas., 30, N1-N10, 2009.

Adams, A., M. Fahrenwald, and L. Do, “Measurement and Modeling of Light Transmission in Turbid Media”, Proc. Ark. Acad. Sci. 61: 120-122, 2008.

Adams, A., “Spherical Rare Earth Magnets in Introductory Physics”, The Physics Teacher 45 (7): 409-415, 2007.

Adams, A. and J. D. Wilson, “Safety of a Red Diode Laser for Fetal Retinal Studies”, Proc. Ark. Acad. Sci. 60:165-167, 2007.

Chouinard, A.P. and A.J. Adams, A.M. Wright, and M.K. Hudson (2002), Multi-Wavelength Laser Opacity Study of a Hybrid Rocket Plume, Journal of Pyrotechnics, Summer Edition.

Hernandez, C. and A.J. Adams (2001), Application of Mathematical Models to Detect and Diagnose Reciprocating Compressor Valve Leakage, Journal of Society of Automotive Engineers.>

Hernandez, C. and A.J. Adams (2001), Model Based Analysis of Compressor Valve Leakage and its Effects on the Efficiency the Motor Compressor, Journal of Society of Automotive Engineers.

Nicoletti, S. and A.J. Adams (2000), Optical Transmittance of a Rice Leaf via Ray Tracing,Journal of Arkansas Academy of Science, Volume 54.

Adams, A. J. and Herden, D. L. (1998), Spectral Reflectance of Rice Seedlings. SPIE Proceedings 3543: Precision Agriculture and Biological Quality.

Sun, H., Menhart, S., and Adams, A. J. (1995), Development of a Tunable Grating External Cavity Strong Feedback Semiconductor Laser with Real Time Wavelength Monitoring and Control. Optical Engineering,34:2993-2998.

Cole, C. F., Hill, G. M., and Adams, A. J. (1994), Automated Refractive Index Measurement of Catalyst-Laden Edible Oils Undergoing Partial Hydrogenation. Journal of American Oil Chemists’ Society, 71:1339-1342.

Sun, H., Menhart, S., and Adams, A. (1994), On the Calculation of Spectral Linewidth Reduction of External Cavity Strong Feedback Semiconductor Laser, Applied Optics,33, 4771-4775.

Adams, A. J., Wennerstrom, D. E., Mayhue, M., Mrak, R. E., and Hinson, W. G. (1992) Bacteria: Rods of Continuously Variable Aspect Ratio: Aerosol Sci. Tech.,16:198-204.

Recent Presentations:

Adams, A.J., “Spherical Rare Earth Magnets in Intermediate Classical Mechanics”, poster session at the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Baltimore MD, Jan 19-23, 2008.

Adams, A. and M. Fahrenwald, “Multi-wavelength reflectance and transmission studies in turbid media”, platform session at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Academy of Science, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, April 11-12, 2008.

Adams, A. J., “Spherical Rare Earth Magnets Rolling in Inclined Channels”, poster session at the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Seattle WA, Jan 19-25, 2007.

Adams, A., “Elementary Physics of Rolling Spherical Magnets”, platform session of the annual meeting of the Arkansas-Oklahoma-Kansas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, University of Central Arkansas, Oct 19-20, 2007.

Stark, J., M. Mazumder, A. Adams, and J. Zhang, “Development of a diode laser interferometer for studying electrokinetic properties of nanoparticles”, poster session of the annual meeting of the Arkansas-Oklahoma-Kansas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, University of Central Arkansas, Oct 19-20, 2007.

Adams, A., M. Fahrenwald, and L. Do, “Measurement and modeling of light transmission through turbid media”, platform session of the annual meeting of the Arkansas Academy of Science, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Ap 13-14, 2007.

SELECTED Funded Grants:

Arkansas Science and Technology Authority STEM Professional Development Grant, “Sparking interest in high school physics laboratories”, April 1, 2009—Mar 31, 2010, $11,500

Arkansas Department of Higher Education, “Applications in Physical Science–Course 2, April 1 2005, $15,524

Noyce Scholars at UALR, co-PI along with Thomas McMillan, Marian Douglas, Gary Heidt, and Wendy Williams, National Science Foundation, Jan 1, 2005—Dec 31, 2008, $493,000.

National Science Foundation, “Arkansas Physics Lending Library”, NSF Teacher Enhancement, 1995-2001, $655,000.

NASA Fellowship for Jon Abney, “Camera-Based Fallout Monitor for NASA Cleanrooms”, July 1, 1998 – June 30, 1999, $22,000.

Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, “Laser Diode Sources for Spectroscopy”, Collaborative Research Project, Year 1, 1996 for $15,000, Year 2, 1997 for $15,000 and Year 3, 1998 for $15,000.

Entergy Corporation, “Opacity Monitors”, January 1993, $29,000.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, “Development of Standard Aerosol System”, May, 1990, $29,935.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, “Development of Standard Aerosol System”, August, 1989, $29,698.

Arkansas Physics Lending Library:

Al Adams was the Principal Investigator for a 6-year (1995-2001) NSF Teacher Enhancement Project (NSF 9550083) involving 67 High School physics teachers from all across the state: Arkansas Physics Lending Library. Twenty laboratory modules covering all the topical areas of physics were developed during a series of summer workshops and these modules now comprise the collection for a lending library. One feature of the modules is the use of calculator-based technology in laboratory measurement. Interaction with Arkansas physics teachers continues through the module loan program, and regular graduate course offerings in Physics by Inquiry and Standards-Based Pedagogy.