- 124D Rhoades/Robinson Hall
Prof. Ruiz (AKA Doc), a former department chair for 20 years (1980-2000), played a significant role in building our strong department. He received the university-wide UNC Asheville Distinguished Teacher Award in 1995, the divisional Teacher Award in the Natural Sciences in 1997, and the 2004 UNC Asheville Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, becoming the first faculty member at UNC Asheville to receive the three major university teaching awards. He is also a Co-Founder (1987) of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research. He received a Feldman Award for scholarship and service in 2009. In 2017 he also received a Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award for publishing 17 papers and giving state-wide and national keynote addresses during the five-year period from 2012 to 2017. Doc is also a composer-pianist with three orchestrated piano concertos performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony in the 1990s.
- Go to Doc's Homepage
- His doctorphys YouTube Channel
- See his exciting aerial video of UNC Ashevlle (August 2016)
- PHYS 101/121 Light and Visual Phenomena
- PHYS 102/122 The Physics of Sound and Music
- Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, University of Maryland, 1978
Doc's original field of specialization is theoretical elementary particle physics. He has worked with a quark model where the principles of relativity and quantum mechanics are unified, i.e., a relativistic quark model. He used a relativistic perturbation model to derive a formula that predicts the amount of mass splitting that should occur in the lowest-mass particles (simplest flavor) depending on whether the system is three-quark or quark-antiquark. Then, he calculated the fine structure of quarkonium depending on which of the six quark types are used.