Dr. Shepherd retired from the Physics Department in the summer of 2000. He returned temporarily for the Fall 2000 semester, as a Sabbatical replacement for Dr. Wilson.
Dr. Shepherd spent 1995-96 on Sabbatical studying astronomy and numerical analysis at the University of Minnesota. His research was programming a Monte Carlo Model of light scattering in dust clouds surrounding stars. In addition, he produced a fourth edition of his text "Data Analysis." He was also the editor of the "Wis Phys" Newsletter which was mailed to all high school physics teachers in Wisconsin and to the 100 closest high schools in Minnesota. He was the chief adviser to the pre-engineering students and is also the designer of the Richard D. Swensen Sundial.
Professor Shepherd has his B.Sc. and Ph.D. from Imperial College, London University. Despite having spent half his life in America he still has an English accent! In addition to UW-River Falls, he taught at Imperial College and Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was selected by the students for "Outstanding Science Teacher" Award in 1997.