Karl P. (Kip) Trout
Senior Instructor in Physics
Penn State University – York Campus
1031 Edgecomb Avenue
York, PA 17403

(717) 676-1274

 

Personal Background

Kip Trout was born on March 1, 1965 in Greensburg, PA (western Pennsylvania). He attended Hempfield Senior High School in Greensburg, PA where he played the trombone in the Stageband, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and Concert Band. After graduation in June of 1983, he attended The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA for four years, graduating in the spring of 1987 with a B.S. in physics. Later that year he started graduate school at Penn State in the physics department. His area of research was in Vacuum Physics under the direction of B. R. F. Kendall. Graduating in August of 1990 with an M.S. in physics, he immediately began a one-year teaching position at Penn State - York Campus as a full-time physics instructor. He reached the highest non-tenured rank at Penn State in 2002 as he became Senior Instructor in Physics at Penn State York. 

As far as a personal life, Kip has been happily married to his wife, Wendy, since May 1988. They have three children, Nicholas (20), Benjamin (16) and Samuel (13). The Trout family is active in the community, and Kip has enjoyed teaching both youth and adult Sunday School classes through the years.  Kip went on a mission trip to an orphanage in Villa Nueva, Guatemala in August 2001.  He arranged through Penn State York’s “SCROUNGE” program to receive a donation of ten computers for starting a computer classroom for students at the New Life Children’s Home and School in Villa Nueva, Guatemala.  Kip was awarded the "Servant of the Year" award by a local Christian mission organization “SERVANTS, Inc” (founder Trent Davis - servants.org) in 2001 after his work locally and in Guatemala.  The Trout family continues to generously give financially to the community and serves locally and internationally on a smaller scale to assist those in need.

 

Educational Background

B.S., May, 1987, in Physics, The Pennsylvania State University

M.S., August, 1990, in Physics, The Pennsylvania State University

Asbury Theological Seminary – Courses completed: 1) Systematic Theology, Spring 2003

                                                                               2) Greek I, Fall 2003

 

Professional Experience

1987 – 1990     Teaching assistant, Physics Department, Penn State University - University Park

1990 – 1993     Instructor in Physics, Penn State University - York Campus

1994 – 2002     Lecturer in Physics, Penn State University – York Campus

2002 - 2011     Senior Instructor in Physics, Penn State University - York Campus

2011 - 2013     Director of Discipleship Development, Chapel United Methodist Church, Red Lion, PA

2014 - present   Senior Instructor in Physics, Penn State University - York CampusSe

 

Courses Taught at The Pennsylvania State University

PhSc 007: Physical Science (3 credits) Development of physics, including modern physical concepts and their relationship to the careers of physical scientists.

Phys 001: The Science of Physics (3 credits) Historical development and significance of major concepts, with emphasis on the nature of physics and its role in modern life.

Phys 150**: Technical Physics I (3 credits) Elementary treatment of topics in mechanics, heat, wave motion, and sound leading toward an understanding of technical applications.

Phys 151**: Technical Physics II (3 credits) Elementary treatment of topics in electricity, light, and modern physics leading toward an understanding of technical applications.

Phys 201 (now 211): General Physics: Mechanics (4 credits) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics: motion, force, Newton's laws, energy, collisions, and rotation.

Phys 237:  Introduction to Modern Physics (3 credits) Relativity and quantum theory applied to selected topics in atomic, molecular, solid state, and nuclear physics.

Phys 250**: Introductory Physics I (4 credits) Selected topics in mechanics, heat, and sound.

Phys 251**: Introductory Physics II (4 credits) Selected topics in light, electricity, and magnetism.

Astro 001: Astronomical Universe (3 credits) The development of modern understanding of the astronomical universe from planets and stars to galaxies and cosmology.

Astro 011**:  Elementary Astronomy Laboratory (1 credit) Selected experiments & explorations to illustrate major astronomical principles & techniques; telescopic observation of planets, stars & nebulae.

Phys 297H**:  The Physics of Astronomy (3 credits) Custom honors course by Trout dealing with physics calculations made in the field of astronomy.

Phys 462:  Applications of Physics in Medicine (3 credits) Applications of physics in human physiology and in instrumentation for medical diagnosis and treatment.

Math 003:  Basic Skills (3 credits) Natural numbers; integers; rational numbers; decimals; ratio, proportion; percent; graphs; applications. 

 **Courses with weekly labs.

 

Selected Summary of Student Required Teaching Evaluations (scale 1 – 7 (max))

 

COURSE

SEMESTER

MEAN COURSE

RATING

MEAN INSTRUCTOR

RATING

 

COURSE

SEMESTER

MEAN COURSE

RATING

MEAN INSTRUCTOR

RATING

Phys001/001

SP 2010

6.57

6.77

 

Phys151/031

SP 2007

5.69

5.77

Phys151/031

SP 2010

6.33

6.83

 

Math003/001*

SP 2007

5.75

5.75

Phys250/001

SP 2010

6.60

7.00

 

Phys150250/101

SU 2007

6.25

6.33

Phys250/002

SP 2010

6.64

6.79

 

Phys150/031

FA 2007

6.17

6.67

Phys251/031

SP 2010

6.33

6.83

 

Phys150/032

FA 2007

6.00

6.00

Phys151/031

SP 2009

6.00

6.45

 

Astro001/001

FA 2007

5.57

6.00

Phys250/001

SP 2009

5.63

6.38

 

Phys001/001

SP 2006

6.00

6.26

Phys250/002

SP 2009

5.75

6.60

 

Phys151/031

SP 2006

6.33

6.33

Phys250/101

SU 2009

6.00

6.30

 

Phys150/001

SP 2006

6.20

6.60

Phys001/001

SP 2008

6.69

6.89

 

Phys150/003

SP 2006

6.50

7.00

Phys150/001

SP 2008

6.00

7.00

 

Phys250/001

SP 2006

6.14

6.43

Phys150/002

SP 2008

6.33

6.67

 

Phys250/002

SP 2006

6.33

6.67

Phys250/001

SP 2008

6.00

7.00

 

Phys250/003

SP 2006

6.67

6.67

Phys250/002

SP 2008

6.00

6.20

 

Phys150/101

SU 2006

6.00

7.00

Phys151/031

SP 2008

6.11

6.56

 

Phys250/101

SU 2006

6.27

6.64

Phys150/101

SU 2008

6.67

6.33

 

Astro001/001

FA 2006

5.50

6.11

Phys250/101

SU 2008

6.00

6.11

 

Phys151/002

FA 2006

6.00

6.25

Phys150250/001

SP 2007

6.50

6.88

 

Phys151/003

FA 2006

6.67

7.00

Phys150250/002

SP 2007

5.80

6.60

 

Phys251/001

FA 2006

6.33

6.44

Phys150/250/003

SP 2007

6.33

6.44

 

Phys251/002

FA 2006

6.20

6.60

 

 

UNWEIGHTED AVERAGE ALL

6.17

6.53

*First time taught; took over a couple of weeks into the semester as an emergency replacement.

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publications

P. J. J. Abbott, B. R. F. Kendall, and K. P. Trout, "Comparative tests of quadrupole, magnetic, and time-of-flight residual gas analyzers", Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, May/June 1991

Trout, Karl P., Study Guide for Physics 237 – Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, (Spring 1993), Dept. of Distance Education, Penn State University, University Park, PA

Gaston, Charles A. and Trout, Karl P., "The Tarzan Swing for Learning Physics", 1996 American Society for Engineering Education (A.S.E.E.) Annual Conference Proceedings (Session #3280)

Trout, K. P. and Greiner, A. J., "Special Relativistic Temperature Transformation", Il Nuovo Cimento B, Dec 1998

Trout, Kip, "God is Light", Good News magazine, Vol. 3, No. 3, June/July 1998

Trout, K. P. and Gaston, Charles A.  “Active-Learning Physics Experiments Using the Tarzan Swing”, The Physics Teacher, March 2001

Trout, K. P. “Homemade Ice Spike”, photograph and caption, The Physics Teacher, March 2001

Trout, K. P., Introductory Physics Laboratories with Tarzan, web-based publication at ETEXT (www.etext.net), 2002.  It has been discontinued by the website because I asked for my rights back so that I could publish it elsewhere.  I have not yet done that.

 

Trout, K. P. and Greiner, A. J., "Comment on 'Relativistic transformation of temperature and heat in elementary kinetic gas theory' by H. Kolbenstvedt", Il Nuovo Cimento B, Vol. 117, N. 7, p. 1, July 2002

 

Trout, K. P., and Moses, James M., "A Simple Laser Microphone for Classroom Demonstration", The Physics Teacher, December 2006, Vol. 44, Iss 9; pp 600 - 603 

Trout, Karl P. and Gaston, Charles A., "MOVING TOWARD THE LIGHT: Unexpected Influences on Ultra-Sensitive Bubble Levels", John T. and Paige S. Smith Undergraduate Science Research Symposium Proceedings, Fall 2006, Vol. 1, Iss.1, pp. 59 - 67

Trout, K. P. and Gaston, Charles A., "An Unexpected Heat Engine", The Physics Teacher, January 2012, Vol. 50, Iss 1; pp 32-34

 

 Selected Professional Talks/Speaking Engagements 

"A Motivational Talk on Math, Engineering and Science", invited 1-hr. talk at the M.O.E.S.T. Parent/Student Meeting, Penn State York, April 1993

"The M.O.E.S.T. Program", an invited talk representing the M.O.E.S.T. program at the "Success for All Students Forum" at Penn State York Campus, organized by Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12, Spring 1994

“The Tarzan Swing”, presented at the American Society for Engineering Education (A.S.E.E.) Middle-Atlantic Regional Conference at Temple University, April 1996

“Special Relativity and the Boiled Egg Question”, invited faculty colloquium at Penn State – York, April 1996

“Physics”, invited presentation at the Dover Elementary School Science Fair, student assistant: Dan Deitz,  (Jane Gress, PTO Committee -  Dover Elementary), February 1997

“Active-Learning Physics Experiments With the Tarzan Swing”, Kip Trout, Charles A. Gaston, Robert J. Stevens, and Dawn M. Zimmaro, presented at Session B of the Northeast Regional Conference of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) in Poughkeepsie, NY, November 1997

“ The Tarzan Swing:  A Tool for Developing Math and Physics Skills”, Charles A. Gaston, Karl P. Trout, Robert J. Stevens and Dawn M. Zimmaro, session 389 (930 – A1 – 411) presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings (includes the annual meetings of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and others), Baltimore, MD, January 7 – 10, 1998

NSF-ILI Physics Workshop – organized workshop and presented two sessions at this one-day physics workshop at Penn State York for high school and college physics faculty, May 2000.  The workshop highlighted the work of those involved with the physics department’s NSF-ILI project (18 attendants) 

"The Tarzan Swing Method for Improved Student Learning", Kip Trout, presented at the Spring Meeting of the CPS-AAPT, 3/26/2004, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

"An Affordable Laser Microphone for Covert Surveillance", Trout, Kip and Moses, James; Poster Session at the Joint Spring Meeting of the Central PA and South Eastern PA Section of the AAPT, York College, York, PA, March 4, 2005

"MOVING TOWARD THE LIGHT: Unexpected Influences on Ultra-Sensitive Bubble Levels", Trout, Karl P. and Gaston, Charles A., John T. and Paige S. Smith Undergraduate Science Research Symposium, Penn State York, Fall 2006

"MOVING TOWARD THE LIGHT: Unexpected Influences on Ultra-Sensitive Bubble Levels", Trout, Karl P and Gaston, Charles A, 55th Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Section of The American Association of Physics Teachers, Penn State - York Campus, York, PA, March 23, 2007

"A Bubble Level Heat Engine", Trout, Karl P, 56th Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Section of The American Association of Physics Teachers, Lock Haven University, PA, March, 2008

“Campus Weather Stations Improve Science and Technology”, Trout, Karl P, 57th Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Penn State Mont Alto, Mont Alto, PA, peer-reviewed/refereed. (March, 2009)

 

Curriculum Development

Physics 237 Independent Learning Course, Spring 1993 (3 credits - Intro. to Quantum Mechanics)

Lincoln Intermediate Unit, "Aerospace Course" for 5th graders, Co-developer, Summer 1994

Co-Developer of the "Tarzan Swing" physics laboratories, part of a National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education (NSF-ATE) project at Penn State York, collaborators included: C. Gaston, A. Huber, D. Huggins, D. Kesser, S. Neuman (Project Director: C. Gaston), 1995-1998

Physics 297H, Honors course developed by request of the campus Honors Committee, Fall 1996 (3 credits - The Physics of Astronomy)

"Christianity and Science", a 5-hour course on the history of science and Christianity; modern day scientific discoveries and their implications as seen from a Christian perspective; taught at St. Paul’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Red Lion, PA Spring 1997, Christ United Methodist Church, Jacobus, July 1999, Mt. Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church, York, PA.  This course was mentioned in a newspaper article, "Is It Science or Creation? A Matter of Factual Evidence", York Daily Record, July 24, 1999

Co-created and taught, “Be a Modern Day Galileo” workshop with Manel Wijesinha, Associate Professor of Mathematics at PSU York, as part of the "Math Options for Women" career awareness program for girls in junior high (now known as the "Pathways to Your Future" program), Spring 2000 – Spring 2012

 

Selected Professional Meetings/Workshops/Classes Attended

American Vacuum Society Seminar on Gauges, June 1991, King of Prussia, PA

3-day NSF sponsored workshop on "Developing Conceptual Exercises and Overview-Case-Studies", Westmoreland Community College, Youngwood, PA,  Session leaders: David Maloney and Alan Van Heuvelen, September 1992

30-Hours of Teacher Training, M.O.E.S.T. Program (Teachers: J. Keat and J. Gilbert), Summer 1994

C & S 405 – "Strategies in Classroom Management" (3 credits) – Penn State Graduate Course, Lancaster, (Teacher: S. Henry), Fall 1994

20-Hour Writing Workshop, M.O.E.S.T. Program (Teacher: J. Naylor), Summer 1995

3-day NSF sponsored workshop on "Microcomputer Based Labs", Westmoreland Community College, Youngwood, PA, Session leaders: Priscilla Laws and Ron Thornton, July 1995

½ day workshop on "Evaluation and Assessment" at Penn State York Campus, sponsored by the NSF-ATE project on campus (Project Director: C. Gaston), Fall 1995

½ day workshop on "Project Management" at Penn State York Campus, sponsored by the NSF-ATE project on campus (Project Director: C. Gaston), Fall 1995

American Society for Engineering Education (A.S.E.E.) Middle-Atlantic Regional Conference at Temple University, April 1996

2-hr Cooperative-Learning Workshop, Organizer: Suzanne Gladfelter, Penn State – York, Fall 1997  

“Student-Centered Discussion” teaching workshop in June 1998 at Penn State York.  Workshop led by Dr. Linda Shoop (Penn State) and Deborah  Wright (Apollo-Ridge School)

 

Two 1 ½ hour workshops "Forget the Funnel" by Larry Spence and “Strategies for Assessment” by Dawn Zimmaro, January, 27th, 1999 at Penn State - Mont Alto

 

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Convention, Baltimore MD, November 2000

 

The 52nd Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, March 2004

 

The Joint Spring Meeting of the Central PA and South Eastern PA Section of the AAPT, York College, York, PA, March 4, 2005

 

The 54th Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Penn College, Williamsport, PA, April 2006

 

The John T. and Paige S. Smith Undergraduate Science Research Symposium, Penn State York, Fall 2006

 

The 55th Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Section of The American Association of Physics Teachers, Penn State - York Campus, York, PA, March, 2007

 

The 56th Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Section of The American Association of Physics Teachers, Lock Haven University, PA, March, 2008

 

The 57th Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Section of The American Association of Physics Teachers, Penn State – Mont Alto Campus, Mont Alto, PA, March, 2009

 

The 58th Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Section of The American Association of Physics Teachers, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA, March, 2010

 

Academic and Professional Activities

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Member International, 1991 – 2011

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Member Regional, 2005 – 2011

Secretary, Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (CPS-AAPT), 2008 – 2009

Vice President, Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (CPS-AAPT), 2009 – 2010

American Astronomical Society (AAS), Associate Member, 2003 - 2011

American Vacuum Society (AVS), 1989 – 1991

Referee, The Physics Teacher, (An AAPT Journal), 2002 - present

Reviewer for Paul Hewitt’s Conceptual Physics (9th Ed.) textbook

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Member, 2000 - 2002

Secretary, Penn State York Campus Senate, Fall 1992 – Spring 1993

Convener of Science Department Meetings, Penn State York Campus, Fall 2006 – Spring 2009

Physics Department Course Planning Coordinator, Penn State York, 2006 – 2011

Biology Search Committee Member, Penn State York, 2009 - 2010

Unit Representative for the NMSE (Math, Natural Sciences, Engineering) Unit, 2009-2010

Principal Investigator for a $70,000 NSF-ILI Grant for PSU York and PSU Mont Alto, which upgraded the physics labs of both campuses, 1997 - 2000

Recipient of a several York Campus Advisory Board Grants, (CCD camera for the campus telescope, 2004-2006; Campus weather station, 2006; Rain collector heater for the campus weather station, 2008; Equatorial Telescope Drive, 2010 - 2011)

Chair of Plenary Session at the 55th Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Section of The American Association of Physics Teachers, Penn State - York Campus, York, PA, March 23, 2007

Coordinator of Vendor Exhibits for the 55th Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Section of The American Association of Physics Teachers, Penn State - York Campus, York, PA, March 23, 2007

Chair, Penn State York Teaching Award Committee, Fall 1994 – Spring 1995 and again in Fall 1996 – Spring 1997

Chair of Support Services Committee of the York Campus Senate, 2004

Member of the University College Review Committee for Promotion to Senior Instructor, Spring 2006 and Spring 2007

Physics Judge for Dallastown Area Science Fair (both Jr. High and Sr. High), (Director: Mark Ilyes), January 1997; 1999-2005; 2007-2008

Modified the 17.5 inch diameter Newtonian reflector telescope at PSU York (calculated, moved and remounted the main mirror) to receive a CCD camera system with flip mirror to allow for photography in astronomy lab

Co-designed and built (with Dr. Charles Gaston and student Anna Robuccio) a  5.5 inch refractor telescope and mounted it on a computerized equatorial drive system

Faculty representative for the United Way Campaign, Penn State York, 2003 - 2009

Founding Faculty Adviser of the Penn State York Physics Club (later known as the Science and Engineering Club) Fall 1993 – 1999

Summer BRIDGE Teacher, Physics 001, for a summer program helping minority students make the transition to college, 1998 and 2000, (Program Director: Monica Grigera, PSU York)

Science Teacher for the minority enrichment program called "Mathematics: Opportunities in Engineering, Science, and Technology" (M.O.E.S.T. Program), Summer 1993 – Fall 1996

Supervised honor students, (Joshua Moore, Michelle Minichino, Shawn Cooper, James Moses, Matthew Rupp, Logan Wood, Xiaomeng (Tammy) Shi, Ryan Lewis, and Roshan Shah), 1995 – 2011

 

Leadership and Service in the Community

President of the York East Camp of The Gideons International, 2007 - 2010

Church Relations Program Director for Pennsylvania Area 9 of The Gideons International, May - December, 2007

Qualified Church Speaker for The Gideons International, 2007 – 2010

Qualified Lay Speaker, The United Methodist Church, Susquehanna Conference, York District, 2012 – 2013

Chair of Stewardship Committee, Chapel Church, Red Lion, PA, 2012 – 2013

Spearheaded the effort to create a Congregational Care Committee and became Pastoral Representative on the committee, Chapel Church, Red Lion, PA, 2012 - 2013

Webmaster for Chapel Church (chapelchurch.org), Red Lion, PA, 2000 – 2003; 2011 - 2013

Webmaster for Old East York Neighborhood Association, 2002 - 2003

Webmaster for B.U.I.L.D. mission organization, York, PA, Fall 2001 - 2003

Member of the Board of Directors for B.U.I.L.D. mission organization, York, PA  (Dave Meanor, President), 2001 - 2003

Science Activity (Webelos) Teacher, Cub Scout Pack 155, Red Lion, PA, 2005 - 2010

Coordinated a variety of public observing sessions with the PSU York telescope, including special sessions for Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and York Suburban Middle School, 1994 – 2011

Created and led a variety of science activities for the Winter Fun Days run by the PSU Alumni Society, Spring 2005 and Spring 2006

Created and presented "Weather - Lightning, Tornados, and Super Doppler Radar" - 45 minute Project Connections class, Hannah Penn Middle School, York City Schools, May 9, 2000

Created and taught a one-day physics course for 4th graders as part of a Penn State York Science Camp, Summer 2003

Created and taught a one-night Astronomy session using the campus telescope at Homewood at Plum Creek retirement home in Hanover, PA, Fall 2003

Created and taught a half-day aerospace course for 5th graders as part of a Penn State York Science Camp, Summer 2004

 

Other Activities

Served on a variety of committees at Penn State York, 1990 - 2011

Performed peer reviews of adjunct faculty, 2000 - 2010

Faculty facilitator for small student groups at PSU York New Student Orientations, 1994 - 2000

Reliable presenter of Open House workshops for the public at PSU York, 1990 - 2011

Academic Adviser, advised in: 2MET, PREP, and 2LAS programs at Penn State York, 1990 – 2011