Faculty & Staff

 

Jess T. Dowdy, Ed.D.
Professor and Interim Chair of Engineering and Physics

B.S. in Engineering Physics, 
Abilene Christian University, 1988
M.S. in Chemistry (Chemical Physics Specialization/Thesis),
Washington State University, 1990
Ed. D. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction
(Science Education Dissertation), 2005

Phone: 325-674-2165
Email: jess.dowdy@acu.edu  

Current Research Areas:

  • Science Education

Interests:

  • Performing science demonstrations at local school campuses

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Rusty Towell, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Engineering and Physics

B.S. in Engineering Physics, Abilene Christian University, 1990
Ph.D. in Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 1999

Phone: 325-674-2034
Email: rusty.towell@acu.edu 

Research Interests:

  • High-energy experimental nuclear and particle physics.
  • Particle detectors research and development.
  • Research and development of advanced nuclear power plants.

Please note: Dr. Towell will be on Sabbatical until the Fall '15 semester. Dr. Jess Dowdy will be filling in as interim chair for the duration of his absence.


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Jeff Arrington, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Engineering and Physics
Associate Vice President for Student Life

B.S. in Physics, Abilene Christian University, 1982
M.E. in Electrical Engineering, University of Utah, 1984
E.E. in Electrical Engineering, University of Utah, 1986
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Utah, 1989
Post grad study: Computational Accelerator Physics, Harvard University, 1998 

Phone: 325-674-6802
Email: arringtonj@acu.edu


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Michael Daugherity, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering and Physics

B.S. in Physics and Computer Science,
Abilene Christian University, 2002
Ph.D. in Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 2008

Phone: 325-674-5055
Email: mike.daugherity@acu.edu  

Research Interests:

  • Nuclear physics
  • Particle physics 
  • Cosmology

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Tim Head, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering and Physics

B.S. in Physics and Mathematics,
Texas Tech University, 2000
M.S. in Physics, University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, 2002
Ph.D. in Physics, University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, 2007

Phone: 325-674-2002
Email: tlh07b@acu.edu

Research Interests:

  • Solid state physics
  • Interactions of acoustic phonons (sound quanta) with the electronic states of superconductors
  • Superconducting microcalorimeters 
  • Other uses of superconductors as energy detectors

 

Darby Hewitt, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Engineering and Physics

B.S. in Physics, 
Abilene Christian University, 2008
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013

Phone: 325-674-6732 
Email: darby.hewitt@acu.edu

Research Interests:

  • Atomic and molecular physics
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Laser science and engineering

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Donal Isenhower, Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering and Physics

B.S. Abilene Christian University at Abilene, Texas
Ph.D. Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa

Phone: 325-674-2824
Email: isenhowe@acu.edu 


 

Larry Isenhower 
Instructor

B.S. Abilene Christian University 
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests:

  • Atomic Physics
  • Optics
  • Laser Technologies

 

Richard Jinkerson 
Associate Professor

Naval Engineer, MIT, Cambridge, MA (1991)
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA (1991)
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, UNM, Albuquerque, NM (1982)

Research Interests:

  • Materials science and engineering
  • Electrical power system engineering
  • Mechanical design

Tim Kennedy
Assistant Professor

BS in Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 2008 
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 2012 

Research Interests:

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment 
  • Fate and Transport of EDCs and PPCPs in Wastewater Treatment Plants 
  • Water Reuse 
  • Point-of-Use Drinking Water Treatment Technologies (for developing regions)

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Paul Morris, Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering and Physics

B.S., Abilene Christian University
Ph.D. in Physics, Texas Christian University

Phone: 325-674-2165
Email: morrisp@acu.edu 

Research Areas: 

  • History and philosophy of science; science and religion (ACU's resident theoretical physicist and philosopher, meaning that he is equally comfortable in both)
  • Cartesian coordinates and Cartesian philosophy

*Dr. Morris was honored as ACU's 2003 Teacher of the Year


 

Kenneth Olree, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Engineering and Physics, 
Director of Engineering

B.S.E.E., Oklahoma Christian University, 1990
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1993
Ph.D. in Bioengineering, University of Utah, 2007

Research Interests: 

  • Neuroprosthetics/Neurocontrol
  • Effects of electromagnetic fields on neural tissue
  • Medical device design

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Michael Sadler, Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering and Physics

B.S. in Engineering Physics, Texas Tech University
Ph.D. in Physics, Indiana University

Phone: 325-674-2189
Email:sadlerm@acu.edu

Research Interests:

  • Hadronic physics, particularly the structure of the nucleon and its excited states

 

Ray Smith 

Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology - University of Houston, 1985
Masters of Engineering Management - Manufacturing - Lamar University, 1991
Certified Manufacturing Engineer

Email: ray.smith@acu.edu

Research Areas:

  • Basic Manufacturing
  • Project Management
  • Theory of Constraints

 

Matthew T. Steele, Ph.D., P.E. 
Assistant Professor of Engineering and Physics

B.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University, 2003 
M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University, 2005 
Ph.D. in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 2013 

Research Interests:

  • Livestock waste management and anaerobic digestion
  • Water resource engineering 
  • Sustainable agriculture

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Josh Willis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Engineering and Physics

B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, 
Abilene Christian University, 1997
CASM in Mathematics, University of Cambridge, 1998
Ph.D. in Physics, Penn State University, 2004 

Phone: 325-674-2165
Email: jlw06a@acu.edu

Research Interests:

  • Gravitational wave physics, especially the search for collisions of two neutron stars or black holes using the LIGO interferometer detectors

Faculty Emeriti

Paul D. Schulze, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

B.S. in Physics, Abilene Christian University, 1963
M.S. in Physics, University of Nebraska, 1966
Ph.D. in Physics, University of Nebraska, 1970

Email: schulzep@acu.edu

Research Interests:

  • Solid state physics
  • Theoretical studies of charged point defects in ionic crystals
  • Computer programming

Curriculum vitae (pdf)
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Lois Marie Reed
Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 325-674-2165
Email: reedl@acu.edu

Lois Marie is the glue that holds the physics department together. She keeps the office running, answers all of the students' non-homework questions, and even brings a batch of delicious homemade cookies every Monday morning.


 

Shon Watson
Assistant in Computers & Technology

Phone: 325-674-6975
Email: tsw00c@acu.edu

Research Interests:

  • Experimental nuclear and particle physics
  • Computational physics
  • Data acquisition software and hardware

 

 

 

 



 

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