Hsia-Po (Vince) Kuo
Teaching Professor, Associate Department Head, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Physics

Vince KuoMy area of expertise is physics education research, with a concentration in problem solving in introductory calculus-based physics. I have been involved with reform efforts in implementing effective pedagogical practices and developing curricular material at 3 major universities over the past decade. I’m interested in utilizing various qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in my investigations into student learning to inform both pedagogy and curriculum. Currently I am working on further refining the studio-physics curriculum here at Mines, and am involved with several pedagogical reform efforts with upper-division physics courses. Plans are also in the works for designing a Studio Electronics learning environment.


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  • PhD, University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development
  • MS, University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy
  • BS, University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Areas

  • Physics Education Development
  • Curricular Reform
  • Problem Solving & Critical Thinking

Awards and Recognitions

  • Colorado School of Mines Alumni Teaching Award 2011
  • Colorado School of Mines Martin Luther King Recognition Award 2011
  • Outstanding Physics Faculty 2009-2010, presented by Colorado School of Mines Senior Class and Alumni Association
  • Outstanding Faculty 2007-2008, presented by Colorado School of Mines Order of Omega