Faculty & Staff
Rutherford

George H. Rutherford

Associate Professor

 

Office Address: Moulton 308A
Office Phone: (309) 438-2934
Office Hours:
Email: ghr@ilstu.edu
Web site: http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/research/chaotic_waterwheel.shtml

 

Teaching Schedule:

 

Teaching Interests:
Dr. Rutherford usually teaches PHY 110 (the first semester of our calculus-based sequence), PHY 211 (a course in statics for our students who want to pursue an engineering career), PHY 370 (the second semester of our advanced experimental physics course), and PHY 375 Electronics for Scientists.  He also enjoys out-of-classroom teaching with the Trebuchet Team, the Solar Car Team, and students in the Innovative Design Project.  His efforts as Director of IDP allow him to teach students the value of an entrepreneurial mindset.

Research Interests:
Dr. Rutherford is an experimental physicist who studies nonlinear dynamics in mechanical systems.  His current efforts are focused on the chaotic waterwheel, a mechanical analog to the famous Lorenz equations.  He also dabbles in atomic and molecular physics through experiments with excited state helium atoms and by developing new Mott polarimeters to measure electron spin.
Education:
Ph.D. 1991 Rice University

 

Selected Publications: