Dr. Evan Frodermann


Physics Astronomy and Materials Sci

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Physics Astronomy and Materials Sci
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Physics, 2008, The Ohio State University 
  • MS, Physics, 2005, The Ohio State University
  • BA, Physics and Mathematics, 2002, St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)

Professional experience

  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Physics Education Research and Development Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota (2012–2016)
  • Physics Lecturer and Teaching Specialist, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota (2010–2014)
  • Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Theoretical Nuclear Physics Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota (2008–2010) 

Research and professional interests

  • Problem-solving skill development in Introductory Physics courses
  • Impact of instructional technologies and software in the classroom
  • Classroom and laboratory reformation of physics courses, particularly introductory physics courses for life-science majors (IPLS)
  • Phenomenological models of heavy-ion collision, particularly electromagnetic signatures

Other interests

Avid Winged Sprint Car follower (360 class) with the hometown track in Jackson, MN. I am often called the "part-time" pit crew from the other members of the race team (for as little time I can spend being so far away).

Awards and honors

Selected Publications

  • Q. Ryan, E. Frodermann, K. Heller, L. Hsu, and A. Mason “Computer problem-solving coaches for introductory physics: Design and usability Studies”, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12, 010105 (Feb 2016)
  • J. Docktor, J. Dornfeld, E. Frodermann, K. Heller, L. Hsu, K.A. Jackson, A. Mason, Q. Ryan, and  J. Yang, “Assessing student written problem solutions: A problem-solving rubric with application to introductory physics”, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12, 010130 (May 2016)
  • E. Frodermann and U. Heinz, “Photon HBT interferometry for non-central heavy-ion collisions.”, Phys. Rev. C 80 (2009) 044903 [17 pages].
  • R. Chatterjee, E. Frodermann, U. Heinz, and D. K. Srivastava, “Elliptic flow of thermal photons in relativistic nuclear collisions”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96 (2006) 202302 [4 pages].

Selected Presentations

  • “Assessing the Efficacy of an Online Tool for Problem Solving”, AAPT summer national conference, College Park, MD.  July 2015.
  • “C3PO: Customizable Computer Coaches for Physics Online”,  St. Olaf College Physics Colloquium Series, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. March, 2015.
  • “Elliptic flow of thermal photons and dileptons in heavy ion collisions”, 2006 RHIC/AGS Users Meeting, Workshop on How perfect is this matter?-The success and new challenges of hydrodynamics at RHIC, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, June 2006.