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Dr. Shawn Cruzen - Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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Shawn Cruzen

Professor / Director, Coca-Cola Space Science Center

Coca-Cola Space Science Center

Professor / Director, Coca-Cola Space Science Center

Earth and Space Sciences, Department of


Dr. Shawn Cruzen joined the faculty of Columbus State University in 1997. He is a Full Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Executive Director of CSU‘s Coca-Cola Space Science Center. He also served as the inaugural chair for the Department of Earth & Space Sciences.

Dr. Cruzen began his career in physics at the University of Southern Colorado and received a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he was a NASA Space Grant Fellow and performed research in extra-galactic astronomy using the Hubble Space Telescope.

He is a six-time nominee for CSU’s Educator of the Year, and has won the award twice. He also has received the NASA Group Achievement Award, the CSU College of Science Outstanding Educator Award, the Thomas E. Harrison Leadership Award, WTVM Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the USG Chancellor’s Leadership Excellence Award - Honorable Mention.

Academic Areas

Extragalactic Astrophysics, Observational Cosmology, Active Galactic Nuclei, Informal Science Education

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