Robert J. Beichner

Professor of Physics and Director of the NCSU STEM Education Initiative
North Carolina State University

Robert J. Beichner  is a physics professor at NC State University and is the Director of the NCSU STEM Education Initiative. He was named an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in 2003. He is a member of the Physics Education Research and Development Group, one of the largest in the world.

For much of his career he has focused his attention on redesigning introductory physics education and created the SCALE-UP (Student Centered Activities for Large Enrollment University Physics) project. This approach has led to changes in classrooms around the world, at institutions ranging from Wake Technical Community College to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. By the second decade of the 21st Century, SCALE-UP had been adopted at more than 150 universities and had spread to other content areas and into middle and high schools, necessitating a name change to Student Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies. Many universities have also adopted this approach for classes ranging from archeology to zoology.