Irving K. Robbins (center) is joined by CSI President Dr. William J. Fritz (left) and Dr. Fred Naider
Irving K. Robbins is an Associate Professor of Engineering and Physics at the College of Staten Island, and Director of CSI’s Astrophysical Observatory. He received a BS in Physics and Mathematics from The City College of New York and an MS in Physics from New York University. Prof. Robbins has been very active in his more than 46 years at CSI. Founder of the College’s Astrophysics program, his research has led to the confirmed discovery of a minor planet, five potential discoveries, and the recovery of two lost asteroids. Most recently, he has been involved in the active tracking and discovery of asteroids. Prof. Robbins has also served as a mentor to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) undergraduate students in research techniques, has organized and hosted numerous day and evening viewing events at the CSI Observatory for our students and general public, and has given frequent lectures throughout the area on “Asteroid and Comet Impacts with Consequences for Planet Earth” and other space science topics over the years. Prof. Robbins has received extensive recognition for his scholarship and dedication to his field including a CSI Dolphin Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997, a Chancellor’s Certificate of Recognition in 2002, a Performance Excellence Award from PSC-CUNY and CSI in 1999, and a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Fellowship in 1993, as well as grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA.