Professor Jose D’Arruda has been named an American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) for making exceptional contributions to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.
AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists—with members worldwide. D’Arruda has been a member since 1975. Among the longest-serving professors at UNCP, he has taught in the Chemistry and Physics Department for 45 years.
He served for 23 years as department chair. He established a degree program in applied physics, founded the Region IV Science Fair and instrumental in the creation of the 3-plus-2 engineering program with N.C. State University. He also serves as director of the UNCP astronomical observatory and advisor for UNCP’s high-powered rocket competition team. In 2018, he was presented with the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT.