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Physics & Engineering

Department

Designing and Building Your Future

Taylor’s ABET-accredited Physics and Engineering department provides a number of opportunities for professional growth and development. Our students have conducted graduate-level research for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Air Force as undergraduates; participated in projects like the Central American water well drilling ministry (with the Earth & Environmental Science department); taken part in prestigious summer internships at major labs such as Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Argonne National Lab, Fermi Lab, and the Mayo Clinic; and been hired by world-renowned companies like CERN and RT Logic.

Wherever God is calling you after graduation—the industry, healthcare, education, mission field—our outstanding faculty will mentor you and help you prepare for your career.

Tools of the Trade

At Taylor, students majoring in Engineering or Physics have access to a wide array of Euler Science Complex’s state-of-the-art equipment and analysis and design software. In addition to using the tools for rigorous classes, students can visit the machine shop, wood shop, and electronics lab to complete research and projects on virtual reality, 3D printing for habitable structures on Mars, solar cars, satellites, nano-satellites, and muscle biopsy.

Check out some of the Physics and Engineering equipment and software packages that our majors learn to use:

Equipment

  • Solar power conversion lab bench
  • CO2 cutter and engraver
  • 3D printer
  • Fully equipped machine shop and wood shop
  • Single-photon detection apparatus
  • Well-equipped electronics lab with oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters, and power supplies

Software

Various tools, including tool chain for:

  • Atmel micros such as the ATmega family
  • Microchip PIC processors
  • Cypress PSoC processors
  • ATmega based Arduino platform
  • Programming environments

Practicum

Engineering students are required to complete a practicum to earn a BS in Engineering degree. Our students are prepared to complete their practicums at a variety of high-profile companies, including:

  • NASA Jet Propulsion Lab 
  • Cadence Design Systems 
  • GE Aviation 
  • Aptiv 
  • New Eagle 

Department News

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Physics Alumnus Grows Passion for Research and Innovation

Sep 29, 2022

Physics/Systems graduate Adam Bennett ‘01 gained experience as a student on NASA research and Taylor’s emerging satellite program. His passion for research and innovation led to working for a start-up satellite company, HawkEye 360.

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Engineering Students Create Virtual Reality System

Jun 08, 2022

Engineering students spend three semesters researching, designing, developing, manufacturing, and communicating about a major project. This year, that project was a complex Virtual Reality walking interface.

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A Scientific Approach to the Liberal Arts

Mar 10, 2022

For Engineering alumna Rachel Klink ‘20, the liberal arts influenced her approach to science and learning as a whole and opened doors to continue to pursue her education.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

Danielle Nobles-Lookingbill

Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Engineering

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Rob Cartwright

Physics & Engineering Lab/Resource Manager

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Robert Davis

Professor of Physics & Engineering

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Lara Horsley

Computer Science & Engineering, Systems, and Physics & Engineering Program Assistant

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Kenneth Kiers

Professor of Physics

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Alex Roth

Assistant Professor of Engineering

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Peter Staritz

Associate Professor of Physics & Engineering