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Dr. Frederick Kissner

Professor Emeritus of Physics

I am returning to the Physics Department after eight years on the faculty in elementary education. I am also semi-retired and teach only during the fall semester. I originally came to SUNY Plattsburgh in 1975 in the environmental science program and transferred to the Physics Department in 1984. I have degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering as well as in physics, and served as the engineering 3+2 coordinator while in the Physics Department. I hope to be involved in the 3+2 program again. I have taught a variety of physics and engineering courses during my career both at SUNY Plattsburgh and other colleges. I also have 10 years of industrial experience in various engineering capacities.

I enjoy teaching physics for both majors and non-majors, and I have resurrected a solar energy course. I am very laboratory and project-oriented, and believe in spending a lot of time with students, both academically and socially.


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1975
  • M.S. Physics, Trinity College, 1976
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, New Haven University, 1965
  • Attended M.I.T., Geology & Metallurgy, 1953-55, 1958–60 no degree

Teaching Areas

  • Conceptual and general physics
  • Solar and alternative energy
  • Materials science
  • Geophysics

Research Areas

  • Science education
  • Solar energy
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