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Rick Reis

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Rick Reis

Consulting Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Richard Reis is currently a part-time consulting professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at Stanford University. He is also the founder and editor of the Tomorrow’s Professor eNewsletter, a bi-weekly electronic publication with over 1,000 postings send to over 48,000 subscribers (as of April 2013) at over 750 institutions in over 100 countries. Reis is the author of Tomorrow’s Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering (IEEE Press, 1997).

From 1990 to 2007 Reis was the executive director of the Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing at Stanford and a consulting professor and lecture, respectively, in the Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments. During the period 1988 to 1993 he was also the associate dean for student affairs in the Stanford School of Engineering and from 1997 to 2000 he was the director of academic partnerships at the Stanford Learning Laboratory, now part of the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning. From 1982 to 1997 he was the executive director of the Stanford Center for Integrated Systems, a major research partnership between Stanford and 15 industrial companies.

Prior to coming to Stanford Reis was the executive officer and editor of the astronomy magazine Mercury for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, in San Francisco, CA, a tenured professor of science education at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Newfoundland, Canada, an instructor in astronomy and physics at California State University at Los Angeles, in Los Angeles, CA, and a high school physics teacher at University High School in Los Angeles, CA.

Reis holds bachelor's degrees in physical geography (1964), and physics (1965), both with honors, and a master's degree in science education (1968) from California State University at Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA. He also holds a master's degree in geophysics (1969), and a Ph.D. in physics education (1971) from Stanford University, in Stanford, CA.