Richard O. Moore, of Philadelphia, an associate professor in the department of mathematical sciences in NJIT’s College of Science and Liberal Arts, has been selected to receive the honor of “Excellence in Lower Division Undergraduate Instruction” at NJIT’s University Convocation, an annual celebration to be held Sept. 14, 2011.Convocation at NJIT traditionally honors select faculty and staff members who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period.
Broadcaster, author and motivational speaker Steve Adubato will speak at the event. A university lecturer, Emmy Award-winning television anchor, and Star-Ledger columnist, Adubato also served in the mid-1980s as New Jersey's youngest state legislator at age 26. Previously, Adubato anchored three PBS broadcasts including Caucus: New Jersey, an Emmy Award-winning public affairs television series.
“Richard earned this honor through his work teaching calculus honor classes,” said Daljit Ahluwahlia, former chair of the department of mathematical sciences. “His dedication and helpfulness to students are exemplary. In addition to being an excellent undergraduate teacher, he’s been a notable guide for doctoral students. He was recently awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant for research on "Mathematical and Computational Methods for Stochastic Systems in Nonlinear Optics.”
Moore's research focuses on the propagation of waves through complex media. He will be on sabbatical through this year at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute at the University of North Carolina. Moore’s current projects include quantifying the impact of noise on fiber-optic communication systems and mode-locked lasers, studying beam deformation in optical parametric oscillators that are heated due to field absorption, and developing methods for filtering artifacts from acoustic signals in nonlinear media. (ATTENTION EDITORS: Hi-res photos of the researcher will be taken at the event. To receive a copy and/or set up an interview, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.)
Moore joined the mathematical sciences department in 2004 and is praised by students and colleagues for his ability to teach demanding math courses with precision and compassion. Letters from former students describe him as an “inspirational person” who prepares “meticulous lectures” full of “insightful examples and applications” that manage to “challenge the very top of the class, without losing anyone in between.”
His colleagues appreciate the level of mathematical maturity he brings to his courses; using mathematical notation and terminology to introduce higher-level concepts. They cite as well his complementary pursuits, such as the Math Club. Moore cites informal points of contact as part of a well-rounded pedagogy that includes engaging students on the soccer field and at the chess table. Known for his ability to maintain rapport with students both inside and outside the classroom, he is always available when students need help or advice. “Professor Moore cares about us whole-heartedly,” one student writes. “He wants to see us excel, not only in math but in life.”
For more information about Moore, visit http://web.njit.edu/~rmoore/