He was often to be found in the physics lounge late subscribe at night or on weekends, holding informal discussions with students. Poe took much interest in physics students at all levels. He would often explain subscribe complex concepts and phenomena with graphic description, and he would succeed in conveying the essential ideas to the audience with a great deal of wit and humor. His presentations were always lucid, well-organized and lively.
Poe was a very gifted teacher with the ability to achieve deep insight and understanding and the talent to communicate. He established the Energy Sciences Program at Riverside and was serving as the director subscribe at the time of his death. He initiated and launched the successful Joint Engineering Program with UCLA and UCI. He served as subscribe chairman of the department from 1976 to 1981.