Eugene T. Torigoe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
Rhodehouse Science Building 11 (basement floor)
Eugene Torigoe, Ph.D., has been at Thiel College since 2012. He has had many experiences as a student and an educator at large institutions and really appreciates the personal contact and relationships he can develop with his students at Thiel College. Those relationships have also blossomed as his students have become alumni and find professional success of their own.
“Knowing my students personally, I find that rewarding,” he said. “And seeing what our graduating students have done…and seeing how they progressed in their careers is very satisfying.”
From large state universities to private liberal arts colleges and a small rural high school, he has had an opportunity to develop teaching strategies that can benefit students from a wide variety of backgrounds.
From 2001-2008, he was a teaching assistant in nearly every introductory physics course offered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2008, he taught physics and chemistry at Saegertown (Pa.) Junior/Senior High School. He was an instructor in physics at Allegheny College (Meadville, Pa.) from 2009–2012, and in fall 2011, Torigoe taught a conceptual physics course at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Edinboro, Pa.).
Torigoe has spent many winters facing the snows and cold temps of the region and the Midwest and is not a fan of the winters, so it should not be a surprise that one of his favorite places to go is Haleakalā volcano on Maui. “It’s just a beautiful place,” he said.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University (Binghamton, N.Y.) and master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.