Kenneth Kiers
                     

Dr. Ken Kiers

Physics and Engineering Department

 

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Department Chair & Professor of Physics

Phone: (765) 998-4689
Email: knkiers@tayloru.edu

Specialties: Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical Methods in Physics, Chaos and encryption with electrical circuits, Particle physics theory, CP violation, Phenomenology, extensions of the Standard Model, Supersymmetry, Multi-Higgs Models, Left-Right Model, Top quark physics, B meson physics, Higgs physics, Neutrino physics

 

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Dr. Ken Kiers

PERSONAL

Citizenship: Canadian

Marital Status: Married (spouse: Greta; children: Joshua, Joel, Benjamin, Leah)

EMPLOYMENT

2008-present: Professor of Physics, Taylor University

2006-2012: Chair, Physics/Physics and Engineering Department, Taylor University

2003-2008: Associate Professor of Physics, Taylor University

1998-2003: Assistant Professor of Physics, Taylor University

1996-1998: Research Associate in the High Energy Theory Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory

EDUCATION

1991-1996: Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Thesis: A study of neutrino propagation and oscillations both in vacuum and in dense media," under Dr. N. Weiss

1989-1991: B.Sc. in Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

1986-1989: Redeemer College (transferred to McMaster), Ancaster, Canada

SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND AWARDS

National Science Foundation ($90k over 3 years), 2012-present

Distinguished Lecture Award (School of Science, Taylor), 2010

National Science Foundation ($90k over 3 years), 2009-12

National Science Foundation (approx. $88k over 3 years), 2006-09

Franklin W. and Joan M. Forman Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award (Taylor), 2004

National Science Foundation (approx. $76k over 3 years), 2003-06

Cottrell College Science Award (Research Corporation, approx. $24k), 2000-04

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1996-98

UBC Graduate Fellowship, 1995-96

NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship B, 1993-1995

NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship A, 1991-1993

University "Top Up" (UBC), 1991-1992

NSERC Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Summer, 1991

Boyd McLay Scholarship in Physics (McMaster), 1990-1991

NSERC Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Summer, 1990

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My fi eld is theoretical high energy physics. I have also done research in the fi eld of chaos. I have made contributions to topics such as:

  • Top quark physics: using observables in tbbc to search for evidence of physics beyond the Standard Model.
  • Left-Right Model: numerical studies of the quark, lepton and Higgs sectors of the model.
  • B and τ physics: low energy signals of new physics.
  • Supersymmetry: CP-violating signals in the decays of supersymmetric particles; signals of supersymmetry at an collider.
  • Chaos: precision measurements of chaos in simple circuits.
  • Neutrino physics: e ffects due to low energy neutrinos in dense stars; quantum mechanical issues concerning neutrino propagation and detection.
  • Scattering in one dimension: many-channel generalization of Levinson's theorem; time delay.
  • Anyon physics: study of the mean fi eld approximation.

COURSES TAUGHT

PHY 203-204, Taylor University (Algebra-based Introductory Physics sequence)

PHY 311, Taylor University (Modern Physics)

PHY 313, Taylor University (Nuclear Radiation Exp. Methods; co-taught with H. Voss)

PHY 341, Taylor University (Mathematical Methods in Physics and Engineering)

PHY 342, Taylor University (Analytical Mechanics)

PHY 370, Taylor University (Astrophysics; co-taught with B. Davis and D. Smith)

PHY 412, Taylor University (Quantum Mechanics)

PHY 413, Taylor University (Quantum Mechanics II)

PHY 441, Taylor University (Advanced Mathematical Methods in Physics)

IAS 493/PHY and ENP 493, Taylor University (Senior Seminar/Senior Capstone)

ENP 370, Taylor University (GRE Preparation Course)

NAS 220, Taylor University (one week of the Natural Sciences "Summer Honors" course)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Physical Society
  • American Association of Physics Teachers

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Chair, Physics and Astronomy Section of the Indiana Academy of Science (2002-2003).
  • Chair, Physics and Astronomy Section of the Indiana Academy of Science (2004-2005).

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