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Tatiana Erukhimova
Texas A&M University


"For leadership in bringing the excitement of physics through innovative education programs, summer boarding schools for public high school teachers, the TAMU Physics and Engineering Festival, the Real Physics Live program, and online physics videos with more than 400 million views."


Tatiana Erukhimova is an Instructional Professor and inaugural holder of the Marsha L. ’69 and Ralph F. Schilling ’68 Endowed Chair in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, Texas A&M University. She received her PhD from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1999 and joined Texas A&M in 2001. She is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching and public outreach, including the American Physical Society Fellowship and Texas A&M Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence among many others. Tatiana develops innovative education programs for undergraduate and graduate students by incorporating outreach activities as an integral element of the student learning experience. She organizes outreach programs of all scales and for all audiences, from annual Physics Festivals attended by thousands of visitors to Physics Shows for K-12 students, summer schools for Texas high school teachers, Real Physics Live videos, and engaging people with physics at home football games and community festivals. Her recent videos featuring physics demonstrations have attracted over 500 million views on departmental social media. She has appeared on CBS Mornings, ABC News, The Jennifer Hudson Show, and was a 2016 TEDxTAMU speaker. Tatiana’s current research interests include physics education research, in particular the integration of outreach into university physics education and building STEM identity.