- Fulbright Award (2009)
Kyle Forinash is a professor emeritus of physics in the School of Natural Science at IU Southeast. He joined IU Southeast in 1985 and served on faculty for 32 years. During his tenure at IU Southeast, Forinash served as a department chair who authored and implemented a Bachelor of Arts in Physics degree and co-authored the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Sustainability as well as a professor and coordinator of physics. He is an author of mobile apps, numerous books, and nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles. After receiving his B.S. from the University of Georgia in 1977, Forinash began work as a physics teacher with the Peace Corps in Ghana. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Clemson in 1983 and served as a visiting assistant professor at East Tennessee State University prior to starting at IU Southeast. Forinash has also held research positions at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Ecole Normal Superior in Lyon, France.
Forinash received a Fulbright award in 2009 to teach and lecture in Argentina. In 2018, he received the Robert A. Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers, becoming the first person in Indiana to receive the award, for his contributions to the teaching of physics. Forinash is the recipient of the IU Trustees Teaching Award and was selected for the IU Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching.