A Christian Liberal Arts University, Est. 1846

Bob Davis

Professor of Physics & Engineering
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Ph.D, Theoretical Acoustics and Mathematical Modeling, Purdue University, 1988
Thesis title: "Mathematical modeling of the orchestral timpani"
M.S., General Physics, University, 1982
B.S., Mathematics and Physics, Illinois State University, 1976
  • lightning
  • musical acoustics
  • physics education research
  • theoretical electricity and magnetism
  • vlf signals in the ionosphere

  • Faculty Profile

    Advice to Incoming Students

    Take responsibility for your education!  The professors are here to teach, guide, encourage, and are great resources, but you are ultimately responsible for your education.  You have a great capacity to learn when you are in college, so take advantage of all of the academic and research and project opportunities that you will have in the Physics and Engineering Department at Taylor.  Learn all you can in every class.  Don’t get behind, and don’t spread your time too thinly. 

    Why I Enjoy Teaching at Taylor

    I enjoy teaching at Taylor because I can freely express my faith in my classes and I can teach the best subject in the world – physics!  Taylor students are, in general, highly capable, highly motivated, and excellent students to work with.  It is a real joy to teach them, to be with them, to know them, and see them move into their potential as scientists and engineers


    Leading contemporary worship, Playing bluegrass music

    Major Career Accomplishments

    • High School Teacher, Frontier High School, Chalmers, IN 1982 – 1995
    • Textbook Author:  I am the lead author for the Instructor Solutions Manuals for two major physics textbooks:  “Physics: Principles with Applications”, and “Physics for Scientists and Engineers”, both by D. Giancoli, pulblished by Prentice/Hall
    • Principal Investigator for 5-year National Science Foundation grant to operate Very Low Frequency radio wave receiving and recording station at Taylor University, in conjunction with Stanford University
    • Physics Professor at Taylor University, 1995 – present.