Samuel Benigni, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Physics
Dr. Benigni received his B.A. in Physics from Mansfield University in 1976 and Ph.D. in Physics from Kent State University in 1983. At Kent State, Dr. Benigni developed an X-Ray Diffraction facility in conjunction with the Kent State University’s Liquid Crystal Institute. His X-Ray research led to the development of a novel Liquid Crystalline Phase. During this time, Dr. Benigni was also engaged in a federally funded research project where he developed modifications to Introductory Physics laboratory equipment for the physically handicapped. After receiving his doctorate degree, Dr. Benigni taught Introductory Physics, Astronomy, Conceptual Physics, Digital Electronics, and Microprocessor programming at Kent State’s Trumbull branch campus. In 1985, he joined the RCA Advanced Display Research and Development Labs in Lancaster, PA. His duties there included industrial process engineering, supporting RCA’s CRT and Electron Gun production facilities in the US, Italy, France, Brazil, China and Mexico. In 1989, Dr. Benigni became Manager and Senior Scientist of the Physics Group at RCA, leading several of RCA’s key research projects in advanced CRT design, and Flat Panel Field Emission Display devices. He holds several patents in vacuum CRT design and processing and advanced Field Emission Display technology. In January of 2008, Dr. Benigni joined the Corporate Faculty at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and is currently teaching Introductory Physics and Mathematics. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society.