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Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Wayne G. Roberge
Wayne G. Roberge

Professor of Physics


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Ph.D., Harvard University, in theoretical astrophysics, 1981.
B.A., Valedictorian, Williams College, in astronomy & physics, 1976.

Career Highlights:

Professor of Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1999-).
Faculty of Information Technology, Rensselaer (1998-).
Associate Professor of Physics, Rensselaer (1992-1998).
Assistant Professor of Physics, Rensselaer (1986-1992).
Postdoctoral, Applied Mathematics, Exxon Research & Engineering (1983-1986).
Postdoctoral, Theoretical Astrophysics, Institute for Advanced Study (1981-1983).

Research Interests:

Principal Investigator, NY Center for Studies on the Origins of Life.

Current interests: evolution of ices in the interstellar medium and solar nebula;
computer simulations of multifluid, magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) shock waves;
analytic and numerical methods for multifluid MHD; physics of interstellar dust.

Funding history: NASA, NSF, NIST, Semiconductor Research Corp. and others.

Selected Publications:

1. W.G. Roberge & Glenn E. Ciolek, “Magnetic Fields, Stars, and Planetary System Formation,” invited review in Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, vol. 13, 946--948 (2011).

2. G.E. Ciolek & W.G. Roberge, “Hydromagnetic Signal Speeds in Weakly Ionized, Dusty Interstellar Clouds Having a Spectrum of Grain Radii,” Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 43, #251.01 (2011).

3. R.L. Menzel & W.G. Roberge, “Induction Heating of Planetesimals in Protoplanetary Disks,” Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 43, #339.07 (2011).

4. M.P. Katz, G.E. Ciolek & W.G. Roberge, “Driven Hydromagnetic Waves and Shocks in Dusty Interstellar Clouds,” Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 43, #251.03 (2011).

5. D. J. Gombosi, S. L. Baldwin, E. B. Watson, T. D. Swindle, J. W.  Delano & W.G. Roberge, “Argon Diffusion in Lunar Impact Glass,” 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, No. 1659, p.2364 (2012).

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