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Dr. Ran Sivron
Cellphone: (785) 979-4270
Web: Web: www.bakeru.edu/faculty/rsivron
A position where my analytical skills (problem
solving, model building, ability to explain complex ideas, ability to learn
quickly) and organizing skills help facilitate innovations and progress.
Have 22 years experience in the fields of physics and technology.
Expert in solving science and technology problems, and
teaching how to solve such problems. Successful in professional
and creative writing. Successful as a process engineer in photolithography. I have worked with very creative people in my job
as the director of a Summer Science Program (SSP) in California the past four years. I am
yearning to interact with creative people doing practical work full time. Being
in my 40’s and in excellent shape I feel this is an excellent time for me to
make that switch. I am looking for a stable position in the Kansas City area. I had to move several times
since my wife became ill, due to her health. She passed away in 2004 and I lived
Current Job (August 2003 to date) Associate Professor of Physics, Baker University
Responsibilities include: Managing the pre-engineering program
and the physics program, teaching physics, advising physics, computer science
and pre-engineering students, developing curriculum, building up labs. Conducting research in physics. Writing a
column “The Handy astronomer” for local distribution.
Major Achievements: Bringing a program with no students or
labs to respectability. Increasing enrollment and quality of teaching and
learning in the physics and pre-engineering programs.
Summer Job (June – August, 2004 – 2010)
Academic Director, SSP Ojai, CA and Socorro, NM (www.summerscience.org),
The most prestigious Astronomy Program for gifted high
school students from around the world. Responsibilities include: organizing,
scheduling, teaching, administering and running the program, evaluating
applicants, participating in writing a textbook, mentoring and working with
Major Achievements: Got 85% of students from program accepted
to Caltech, Stanford, MIT, Berkeley and Ivy-league schools, with help from our
program. Grew the program and increased its technological and pedagogical
Previous Physics Jobs, July 1995- June 2003
Physics Assistant Professor jobs: Montana State
University (MSU, 1995-1996), Grand Valley
(GVSU, 1996-1999), Bucknell
University (1999-2001) and Hastings University (2001-2003). Responsibilities
included: Teaching classes, advising students, managing labs and observatories,
webmaster for physics department and head of outreach program (GVSU).
Previous Engineering Job, April 1987 – July 1988
Physicist and process engineer, Photolithography Department,
National Semiconductor Inc. (NSCI), Israel
April1987 - July
Ph.D., Physics, MSU, April 1995, “Understanding High
Temperature Processes near Black Holes in Active Galaxies using Observational
Data from X-ray Satellites”
BA, Cum Laude, Physics, Technion, Haifa, Israel,
- The American Physical Society (APS), 1990-Present.
- The American Astronomical Society (AAS),
1991-Present. The AAS HEAD division, 1994-present.
- American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), 1998
– 2003, 2007-present.
PUBLICATIONS & PUBLIC APPEARANCES
- Sivron, R. 2007, “And now-equations!” in BAAS 209,
- Sivron, R. & Tsuruta,
S. 2002, "General Relativistic Effects on Emission from
Outflows." in: "Mass Outflow in AGN: New Perspectives."
Eds. D.M. Crenshaw, S.B. Kraemer & I.M.George,
Astr. Soc. Pacific Conf. Series Vol 255.
- John Weber, Nicole Heller, Mike Pope, Ray Donelick, Ran Sivron, "Jurassic (183 +/- 13 Ma)
Apatite Fission Track Age for the Kentland, Indiana Event," submitted
to "Geological Society of America," in review.
- Sivron, R., 1998, "Self-organized criticality in
compact sources", The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 503, L57.
organized criticality in compact plasmas”, Spring
Prof. Hume Feldman.
- “Summer Science Program – How the Most Successful
Summer Program for young Scientists Works with Astronomy”, September 27,
2005, Seminar in astrophysics at Kansas University:
Host: Prof. Mikhail Medvedev.
- “General Relativistic Effects on Line Emission from
Outflows in Active Galactic Nuclei”. November 18, 2003, Seminar in
astrophysics at Kansas
Prof. Adrian Mellot.
- “Is There Anybody Out There?” September 28, 2002,
Hastings Sachtleben Obseravtory,
oral presentation as a part of parents weekend.
- “When you wish upon a star”, Feb 16, 2002, a special
Valentine Day program for the general public.
- Writing and Development: Successful writing and editing
of research papers, grant proposals, curriculum development, chapters of
textbook, creative writing of SF stories and poems.
- Managerial skills: Successfully managed small outfits
such as SSP, Physics program, pre-engineering program, NASA IDEA project (Michigan
- Expert in simplifying
complicated concepts in physics and technology and effectively explaining modern
physics, math, electronics and astronomy (orally and in writing).
- Worked with computer operating systems: unix, linux, dos, VMS,
windows, Mac OS on platforms such as PCs, workstations, and minicomputers
using a large
variety of applications & programming languages such as Fortran,
Python, and C. Analyzed data from X-ray satellites using NASA software
such as XSPEC and XANADU.
- Fluent in
English and Hebrew
Widower + 1 daughter
Hobbies: Tennis, Basketball,
Soccer, Trumpet, Music, Literature.