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Physics & Engineering


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:


  • 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


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


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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Taylor Hosts State Unified Robotics Competition

Dec 09, 2021

Practical experience is a must for career success, not just an optional part of an academic plan. For students majoring in Elementary Education, especially...

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Taylor Alumna Awarded Medical Physics Teacher of the Year

Sep 08, 2020

Megan Hyun ‘10 was commended by her department at University of Nebraska Medical Center with the Medical Physics Teacher of the Year award.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

Kenneth Kiers

Department Co-Chair and Professor of Physics

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Department Chair

Josiah McClurg

Department Co-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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Danielle Nobles-Lookingbill

Assistant Professor of Engineering

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Peter Staritz

Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering

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Yang Zhao

Assistant Professor of Engineering