Professor Jose D'Arruda received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1971 while working on theoretical atomic physics under the supervision of Robert N. Hill. He will receive the AAPT's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2018 Summer Meeting in Washington, DC.
He received the Outstanding Physics Alumni Award from Lowell Technological Institute, Lowell, Massachusetts, in April 2015. He was selected to receive the award based on impressive accomplishments as a Professor of Physics at the University of North Carolina Pembroke.
Dr. D'Arruda received the Pembroke Professorship, the most distinguished faculty award at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. As chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, he launched the UNC-Pembroke major in physics. He won a Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Science Teachers Association in 2000, the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007 and the 2009 Outstanding Educator Award by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center.
Thirty years ago, Prof. D’Arruda established the Region IV Science Fair, which he continues to organize today. He also organized the recent Robotics Olympics and Science Olympiad competition between physics students at UNCP and Tomsk University in Russia.