Rudman career highlighted in The Piper-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, November 23, 2009

Rudman career highlighted in The Piper

The career of Joseph Rudman has been highlighted in the November 2009 issue of the CMU Piper.  Rudman is a scientific project administrator in the Physics Department, where he started his Carnegie Mellon career at the age of 19 after high school and two years of college at St. Fidelis Seminary in Herman, Pa., where he was studying to be a priest. He started here working as a scanner-measurer, who worked with bubble chamber film, and then progressed to a lab supervisor and foreman before eventually moving into his current role.

“It’s a catch-all title. I do anything that they need me to do,” said Rudman, who was recognized for his 50 years of service to the university at the Andy Awards ceremony in early September. “Over the years, I’ve done cryogenics, electronics, machine shop work, programming, data analysis, whatever is necessary.” Rudman’s work in Physics has taken him to the Argonne National Lab, southwest of Chicago, and to CERN on the border of France and Switzerland.

He joined the Tepper School of Business and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as an adjunct faculty member. He has taught several courses, including Computer-Assisted Text Editing, Business Communications and Writing for Economists, as well as his specialty course, Computer and Literary Linguistics Studies, for which he became highly and widely regarded.  In addition to his work as a physics administrator and teacher, Rudman has become an expert in yet another field — authorship attribution. He’s given about 40 talks on the subject in 26 U.S. cities and 10 countries. He’s been quoted in many international and national publications, including The New York Times, and he’s written several articles, including two encyclopedia entries, on the topic. Many individuals and organizations, even the CIA, have sought his counsel.