Title: Physicist, Researcher
Location: Rantoul, Illinois, United States
Douglas Lind Rokke, Physicist and Research, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Dr. Rokke attributes his interest in physics to his former science teacher, Dr. Robert Park. Though he intended to pursue science as soon as possible after graduating high school, he ultimately was drafted into the United States Air Force as a result of the Vietnam War. From 1967 until 1971, he worked in bomb navigation, in which he designed, repaired, maintained, and operated the ASQ bombing system on B-52s during the war. This work only reinforced his interest in physics, and upon his return to Illinois, he enrolled at Western Illinois University. There, he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1975 before earning a Master’s from the University of Illinois in 1986. Later, in 1992, Dr. Rokke acquired a PhD in physics education, which additionally came from the University of Illinois. Prior to his scientific endeavors, Dr. Rokke worked as a criminalist with the Joliet Police Department.
From 1977 until 1996, Dr. Rokke worked as a staff physicist at the University of Illinois. In 1986, he returned the United States Army Reserves, serving as a health physicist. By 1998, he had accepted a position as an assistant professor at Jacksonville State University. From 2000 until 2012, he continued to educate young minds as a substitute teacher for Champaign, Urbana, and Rantoul schools in Illinois. While he no longer teacher, Dr. Rokke has demonstrated excellence as a consultant for governmental and non-governmental agencies since 2000.
Outside of his primary endeavors, Dr. Rokke currently acts as the co-host for a national radio show program to help veterans. It airs on Sunday nights on the Progressive Radio Network. He has previously served as the activities director for Prairie Village and as a docent for the Chanute Air Museum. An active member of his industry, Dr. Rokke maintains affiliation with the Society of Physics Students and the Illinois Police Association. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, as well as gardening and canoeing. As a testament to his success, he is featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Science Engineering.
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