Dr. Roelofs is a graduate of Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in physics and mathematics. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in physics, at the University of Maryland. Dr. Roelofs has more than 35 years experience in teaching and research at:
- University of Maryland
- Calvin College
- Brown University
- Haverford College
- Colgate University
He is also an experienced administrator, having served as associate provost at Haverford College, as provost and dean of faculty, and as interim president at Colgate University. A number of U.S. and international institutions have tapped Roelofs for visiting appointments and fellowships, such as:
- Sandia National Laboratory
- Fritz-Haber Institut in Berlin
- University of Munich
- Technical University Clausthal-Zellerfeld
- Universität Ulm
Dr. Roelofs’ academic and scholarly research has resulted in substantial grants from such organizations as:
- Research Corporation
- Pew Mid-Atlantic Cluster and
- The National Science Foundation.
Other honors include the Humboldt Research Fellowship and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Teaching Fellowship. He held an endowed faculty chair at Haverford College as distinguished professor of computational science.
Dr. Roelofs has many accomplishments in research and pedagogy, numerous publications in refereed professional journals, as well as invited papers and presentations at national and international seminars and colloquia. Beyond his academic interests, Dr. Roelofs enjoys reading, running (for exercise and the occasional distance race), cooking, and various outdoor activities including bird watching, camping and hiking. He and his wife Lauren have two sons, both of whom are married, and they have a total of five grandchildren.