Roberto (Rob) Salgado

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Roberto (Rob) Salgado

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department/Office Information

Physics and Astronomy
218 Ho Science Center
  • T 9:45am - 11:15am (218 Ho Science Center)
  • W 4:30pm - 6:00pm (218 Ho Science Center)


Theoretical Relativity [relativistic physics, spacetime structure, relativistic pedagogy], Applied Mathematics, Physics Pedagogy, Computational Physics and Scientific Visualization

  • Ph.D., Physics, Syracuse University, 2008
  • M.S., Physics, University of Chicago, 1992
  • B.S., Mathematics and Physics, SUNY Stony Brook, 1989

Introductory and Intermediate Undergraduate Physics, Computational Physics, Mathematical Methods


"Relativity on Rotated Graph Paper"(Am. J. Phy., 84, 344 (2016) -,
part of the theme issue: "Relativity and Gravitation-Contemporary Research and Teaching of Einstein's Physics"
(a 2011 draft is available at ).

"Toward a quantum dynamics for causal sets",
(doctoral dissertation, Syracuse University, Physics, 2008)

“Visualizing Proper Time in Special Relativity.”
(Physics Teacher (Indian Physical Society), v46 (4), (October-December 2004), 132-143),
available at

“Some Identities for the Quantum Measure and its Generalizations.”
(Mod. Phys. Lett. A, Vol. 17, No. 12 (2002) 711-728 - )
available at

AAPT (American Association for Physics Teachers).
Search for abstracts of my oral and poster presentations at the AAPT national meetings.


[Ongoing large-scale projects with many opportunities for student-projects] is my website which features some of my research in relativity.
"VPython applications for Teaching Physics" (2001-present)
Rob Salgado's GeoGebra pages (2016-present)

(2018) "Relativity on Rotated Graph Paper: Calculating with Causal Diamonds" (AAPT 2018 Winter Meeting - San Diego CA)
(2016) A "Spacetime Trigonometry" approach to Relativity (Gordon Research Conference - Physics Research and Education, Newport RI)

(2015) Spacetime Trigonometry: a Cayley-Klein geometry approach to Special and General Relativity (General Relativity and Gravitation: A Centennial Perspective - Penn State U.)
(2006) "Spacetime Trigonometry" from the AAPT Topical Workshop "Teaching General Relativity to Undergraduates" - Syracuse University

(2016) Visualizing the Electromagnetic Field with Differential Forms (AAPT 2016 Summer Meeting - Sacramento CA)
(2013) Visualizing Differential Forms in Thermodynamics (AAPT 2013 Summer Meeting - Portland OR)
(2007) "Visualizing Tensors" from the AAPT Topical Conference: Computational Physics for Upper Level Courses - Davidson College

(1995, 1997, 2005,2015) "The Light Cone: an illuminating introduction to relativity"
(2001, 2015) Visualizing Proper Time in Special Relativity [with a Light Clock]

  • Colgate University, Visiting Assistant Professor (2018-present)
  • U Wisconsin La Crosse, Lecturer (2013-2018)
  • Lawrence University, Visiting Assistant Professor (2012-2013)
  • Bowdoin College, Visiting Assistant Professor (2010-2012)
  • Mount Holyoke College, Visiting Assistant Professor (2008-2010)
  • Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2008 
  • Syracuse University, Part-Time Instructor (Spring 2006-Fall 2007)
  • Dillard University, Assistant Professor of Physics (2002-2005*Katrina)
  • SUNY Upstate Medical, Research Scientist [Radiology/Radiation Physics] (2001-2002) 
  • Truman State University, Postdoctoral Teaching/Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics  (1999-2001)