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Dr. Allen to teach physics, astronomy at Dordt

July 20, 2005

Dr. Douglas Allen, a research physicist at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., has accepted the position of assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Dordt College for the upcoming academic year. Doug Allen

Allen has also been a research associate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD; an adjunct physics professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, and a research scientist at the University of Chicago. He had the opportunity to work as a guest graduate student at Argonne National Laboratory (one of the U.S. Department of Energy's largest research centers) from 1995-1997, and spent a semester there doing science and engineering research in 1992.

Dr. Allen is originally from Wheaton, IL, where he earned his B.S. in Physics at Wheaton College. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Iowa State University in 1997. His work has been published in a dozen refereed academic publications and he was co-author of a paper that received the Naval Research Lab’s Berman Award in 2003.

In 2003 and 2004, Dr. Allen was the principal investigator for NPOESS (National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System) integrated Program Office Internal Government Studies funded by research grants. He has also been co-investigator for three NRL (Naval Research Laboratory) initiatives.

Dr. Allen and his wife, Ruth, along with their three sons (Peter, 10; Theodore, 7; Oliver, 6 months) will be moving to Sioux Center in August. Commenting on their decision to move to Iowa, Dr. Allen said, “I was impressed by Dordt’s commitment to education from a Reformed perspective, and my family said that Sioux Center felt like home.”

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