N. Sanjay Rebello

Professor of physics
University distinguished teaching scholar

N. Sanjay Rebello

Sanjay Rebello doesn't just want to teach his students — he wants to get into their minds. The Kansas State University professor of physics focuses his research on physics education and has examined the mental models of students and how they are transferred from one context to another.

At K-State, Rebello has taught physics courses in physical measurement and instrumentation, teaching university physics, physics of solids, engineering physics, general physics recitation and physical world. As the university's 2012-2013 Coffman Chair, Rebello will be implementing a university-wide dialogue on the importance of problem solving. He is the author and co-author of over 80 peer reviewed journal and conference papers and has been invited to speak at a variety of professional meetings.

Rebello also has received national recognition for his research. In 2004, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and recognized by President Bush as one of the nation's 57 most promising young scientists and engineers. He was awarded the 2002 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his research on college student learning and development of a physics curriculum for introductory undergraduates.

Rebello has been active in numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of Physics Teachers, American Physical Society, National Association for Research in Science Teaching and the National Science Teaching Association.

Originally from Bombay, India, he joined K-State after serving as an assistant professor of physics at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and to full professor in 2013. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Science from India's Birla Institute of Technology and Science in 1989. He also received master's degrees in engineering and physics and his doctorate in physics from Brown University in 1995.

Rebello can be reached at 785-532-1539 or srebello@k-state.edu.