Blodgett, Earl

Earl Blodgett

Earl Blodgett

member of graduate faculty

Start Year: 1986

Office: 104 Centennial Science Hall
Phone: 715-425-4056



Ph.D. Physics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
B.S. Physics, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI

Courses Taught:

  • Conceptual Physics
  • Calculus-based General Physics
  • Algebra-based General Physics
  • General Physics Laboratory
  • Scientific Programming
  • Physical Acoustics
  • Math for Physics & Engineering I (vector and complex calculus)
  • Math for Physics & Engineering II (data analysis and Fourier analysis)
  • Advanced Laboratory
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Mechanics
  • Advanced Electricity and Magnetism

Research Interests:

  • Ultrasonic Wave Propagation
  • Acoustics of Musical Instruments
  • Experimental Methods in Physics

Professional Activities:

  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Acoustical Society of America
  • Advisor, UWRF Chapter of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Historian, Society of Physics Students National Council
  • UWRF Chapter President Phi Kappa Phi, 2015-16

Dr. Blodgett greatly enjoys teaching the experimental side of physics at all levels, from introductory labs through advanced laboratory. He is very interested in learning more about how students learn physics, with the goal of constantly reexamining and improving how our own introductory courses are taught. He was recognized as the 2014 Distinguished Teacher for UWRF.

He has served on the National SPS Council since 1999, including two terms as President of SPS. He has served as the Historian of SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma since 2009, and was given Honorary Membership in Sigma Pi Sigma in 2016. He has been involved in advising future science teachers for over twenty-five years, and is presently Program Director for a new post baccalaureate program called STEMteach, which will allow individuals with a degree in science or math to earn their teaching license in one year of intensive preparation. He is also serving as Interim Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Science.