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Randall Tagg



  • Higher Ed: Science 


Secondary school included Emanuel School in London and Phillips Academy at Andover. I received a B.S. in Physics from Caltech in 1977 and Ph.D. in Physics from M.I.T. in 1984. Prior to graduate school I worked full time at the Jet Propulsion Lab for a year and a lot of my current efforts are aimed at recreating that kind of experience and environment for young people. I did postdoctoral work at the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas in Austin and joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Denver in 1990. 


Nonlinear dynamics, fluid mechanics, condensed matter physics: mostly experimental and some theoretical. Developing curriculum in experimental physics. Connecting physics education with developing students abilities to be innovators and entrepreneurs. 


2013 Randall Tagg, John Carlson, Masoud Asadi-Zeydabadi, Brad Busley, Katie Law-Balding, and Mattea Juengel , "Guitars, Keyboards, Strobes, and Motors - From Vibrational Motion to Active Research", The Physics Teacher 51, 35-37 (2013).

2010 Daniel Borrero-Echeverry, Michael F. Schatz, and Randall Tagg, "Transient turbulence in Taylor-Couette flow", Phys. Rev. E 81, 025301 (2010).

201O Randall Tagg and Arlen Meyers, "Coordinating Product Development Across Widely Different Age Groups and Disciplines," Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), San Francisco, CA March 25-27, 2010 (referreed).

2008 Randall Tagg and Arlen Meyers, "Prototyping for Everyone: Rapid Assimilation of Skills & Tools for the Creation of Physical Prototypes," Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Dallas, TX March 20-22, 2008 (refereed).

2007 Randall Tagg and Patrick D. Weidman, "Linear stability of radially-heated circular Couette flow with simulated radial gravity", Zeitschrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Physik (ZAMP) 58, no. 3, 431-456.

1995 John Starrett and Randall Tagg, "Control of a chaotic parametrically driven pendulum", Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 1974-1977.
(This work was the basis of John Starrett's being chosen as one of six finalists for the APS Apker Award.)