Charles (Chuck) Stone IV
Teaching Professor, Department of Physics

Chuck StoneMy primary responsibilities at Colorado School of Mines involve teaching our large-enrollment, calculus-based physics courses for undergraduate engineering, computer science, and physical science majors using active-engagement teaching methods. As the Faculty Advisor to Mines’ Society of Physics Students (SPS), I have watched our organization blossom under strong student leadership as it selflessly participates in numerous on-campus and off-campus science education outreach programs while earning the nationally coveted SPS Outstanding Chapter Award ten years in a row (2008 – 2017), hosting four regional SPS Zone 14 Meetings (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2014, and Spring 2017), and winning numerous Future Faces of Physics Awards and Marsh White Outreach Grants to promote our outreach efforts to local K-6 schools. Each fall I mentor 25 incoming students in our CSM 101: Freshman Success Seminar course. Since 2009, I have been directing a 10-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer program associated with our NSF-sponsored Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC), engaging 176 students and 3 teachers in renewable energy research.  During the fall 2010 semester I developed and taught the ENGY320: Renewable Energy course that is now offered every fall and is part of Mines’ new Energy Minor Program.  Additionally, I serve on Mines’ Ethics Across Campus Committee and Mines’ Faculty Senate, and am an active proponent in increasing the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in Mines’ academic programs and REMRSEC’s renewable energy research efforts.


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  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MS, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BS, North Carolina State University

Research Areas

  • The Physics of Sound
  • STEM Education Research
  • Science Education Outreach
  • Ethics in Science & Engineering
  • Applied Plasma Physics & Fusion Engineering
  • Applications & Principles of Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Enhancing the Appreciation & Understanding of Engineering Physics

Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Colorado School of Mines (2016)
  • Fellow, American Association of Physics Teachers (2014)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Award, Colorado School of Mines (2012)
  • Distinguished Service Citation, American Association of Physics Teachers (2008)
  • North Carolina A&T State University’s Award of Special Recognition for helping School of Education achieve NCATE accreditation standards (2007)
  • John L. Hubisz Award for Outstanding Service to the North Carolina Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (2006)
  • North Carolina Community College System’s Top-Ten Educators’ Award (2001)
  • Excellence-in-Teaching Award, Forsyth Technical Community College (2001)