Sampere, Samuel M.


Syracuse University

Department of Physics

201 Physics Building

Syracuse, NY 13244



M.S. in Applied Physics; January 1990, The State University of New York at Binghamton.  Thesis title:  Measurement of Cobalt Concentration Dependence on DC Magnetic Susceptibility and d-spacing in CoxFe1-xCl2 Graphite Intercalated Compounds.

B.S. Physics, May 1986

Concentration in Scientific Instrumentation

LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY.

Career Related Experience

Laboratory Manager

            Syracuse University, Department of Physics (6/94 – present).

Responsible for the design, development, and construction of physics lecture demonstrations and introductory laboratory experiments.  Responsible for building and maintaining the department thin film and surface imaging labs, and training users.  Co-organizer of Saturday Morning High School Teacher Workshops and Orange Physics outreach activities. Supervise graduate students and undergraduate work-study students.

Part-time Instructor

            Syracuse University, Department of Physics (8/08 – present)

            Taught PHY211, the introductory calculus based physics course. Responsible for developing curriculum, training and supervising graduate student TAs, and assigning final grades. Developed the co-requisite laboratory courses for PHY221 and PHY222, train and supervise graduate student TAs.

National AAPT Activities


  • Recently served on American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Nominations, Apparatus, and Laboratories Committees, and Bauder Fund Committee, Chair of Committee on Apparatus
  • Secretary AAPT Section Rep Committee
  • Fellow of AAPT
  • Distinguished Service Citation 2006
  • Invited workshop and speaker AAPT-MX (Mexico) 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2013, 2008
  • Host of AAPT Speed Networking sesstions
  • President of the New York State Section of  AAPT (2011- pres.)
  • Co-organizer and presenter at the American Physical Society “Physics On the Road” Outreach Conference (2/03)
  • Co-organize Lecture Demonstrations Workshops at AAPT Summer Meetings  (1999 – present)
  • Co-organize Demo Show AAPT Summer Meeting 1999
  • Physics Instructional Resource Association (PIRA)
  • Executive cycle (1997 – 2001), President 1999 – 2000

New York State Section of AAPT Activities


  • Section officer continuously since 2007, currently serving as President and Section Rep
  • Host of re-organization summit 2006
  • Local host for 2007, 2013, 2015 meetings


Other Professional Activities


  • Frequent appearances on locally produced news and magazine shows as a science expert/educator/entertainer
  • Co-organizer Syracuse University High School Physics Teacher Workshops (1994 – pres.)
  • Invited workshop and speaker EuroScienceFun Conference, Bonn, Germany 2017
  • Invited workshop Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile (2015)



I found my physics teaching family when my mentors, Fitz and Drenchko convinced me to join AAPT. Gonzaga was my first national meeting, and that is where I met my PIRA brothers and sisters. Shortly thereafter, I learned of the PER community. They generated so much new knowledge on the science of teaching physics. The national meetings provide so much opportunity for learning, networking, and idea generation, that I would return to Syracuse with tremendous energy and enthusiasm to implement what I just discovered.


It is my honor to be chosen to help guide this organization. I would like to see membership grow to reach and retain more educators, because our world desperately needs creative and thoughtful problem solvers. We can help create those through our craft.