Richard Fernandes

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy
  • Liquid and Plastic Crystals
  • Phase Transitions
  • Optical and Electronic Instrumentation
  • Science Education

Biography

I have bachelors and masters degrees in Physics from IIT, Kharagpur and did doctoral research at the Raman Research Institute, Bangalore. I followed that with post doctoral work the University of Louisville and subsequently worked at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore till 1990.

In 1990, I teamed up with a group of interested educators and co-founded Centre For Learning, an​“alternative” school in Bangalore where I designed, developed and implemented laboratory based curricula for learning Physics.

I have also designed and executed a wide range of automation projects for industries and research laboratories primarily in the area of supervisory control, data acquisition and robotic positioning systems over a period of 25 years.

I believe that physics is best learnt by doing and I enjoy building experimental apparatus from material found in scrap yards or cannibalized from discarded instruments. I reject the​“black box” approach to laboratory experiments and encourage students to assemble their experimental apparatus.

I enjoy wood working and machining. I am an avid do-it-yourselfer and I have many unfinished projects in my home.

Courses

  • Electronics II

    All about microcontrollers, now ubiquitous in the modern world.

Publications