Physics & Engineering
Read about what makes Taylor's physics and engineering program unique. If you have more questions, contact Dr. Steckenrider today!
Why should I study physics and engineering at Taylor?
- Taylor has a reputation for excellence. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Taylor as Midwest’s #1 regional college for the last eight years, stressing our emphasis on teaching. This is evident in the opportunities you have to grow in your field through use of state-of-the-art equipment and our collaborative space in the Euler Science Complex.
- We integrate discipleship into the way we prepare you for your future as an engineer or physicist. Our faculty purposefully get to know you, and they bring their faith into the classroom.
- We fully embrace liberal arts education. When you major in physics and engineering, you are still immersed in whole-person education. We will encourage you to participate in other activities on campus like student leadership, athletics, music or theatre.
What opportunities do I have for professional development outside of classes?
If you have ambition and drive, you can gain graduate-level experience as an undergraduate student by working on real-life projects funded by agencies such as NASA, the Air Force, and the National Science Foundation.
Research and projects have included:
- Solar Car
- Satellites and Satellite Components
- Nano-Satellite proposal – We were the only undergraduate program selected for an Air Force University nanosat program $100,000 grant.
- Muscle Biopsy research in collaboration with the physical education and human performance department.
Students can get prestigious summer internships at major labs, including NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Argonne National Lab, Fermi Lab, and the Mayo Clinic.
Service learning projects
Participate in projects like Central American water well drilling ministry in partnership with the earth and environmental science department.
What kind of equipment will I work with in the Euler Science Complex?
What kind of software will I be able to use in the Physics and Engineering Department at Taylor?
Physics and Engineering students at Taylor have access to a wide variety of analysis and design software packages. Examples include:
- Mechanical CAD
- 3D solid modeling - SolidWorks Premiere
- 2D – Draftsight (AutoCAD clone)
- Electrical CAD
- PCB design – Cadsoft Eagle
- Circuit simulation – Orcad PSpice, LTSpice
- Lab Automation tools
- MATLAB – Data Acquisition Toolbox & Instrument Control Toolbox
- System Modeling
- MATLAB/Simulink w/ Simscape, SimElectronics, SinPowerSystems, Control System Toolbox
- Embedded Systems Development
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
- Varies, but includes MS Visual Studio, Eclipse, Python, Dev C++.