B.S. Abilene Christian University at Abilene, Texas
Ph.D. Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa
Fundamental particle physics
Camping, photography, reading, travel, physics research
Astronomy, Instrumentation, Optics, Modern Physics, Solid State Physics
Donald Isenhower is one of three ACU professors actively involved in particle physics research. He never forgets a random fact and is always eager to strike up a conversation.
What made you become a Christian?
Primarily the influence of my parents. One of the main reasons my beliefs have deepened over the years has been my study of the fundamental particles that make up our universe.
Why would you recommend ACU's physics program?
It is an outstanding program that has the advantage of providing a Christian perspective on science that will help you grow stronger in faith through the years. Professionally, it will give you opportunities only a few students get at the undergraduate level. Since ACU does not have a graduate program in the sciences, our students are taught by Ph.D. physicists and have research experiences similar to those of graduate students. Finally, choosing to come to ACU for a physics degree leaves you with extremely wide options on what to do after graduation. ACU physics students have persued careers in many fields of physics, plus engineering, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, and medicine.
What advice would you give to an incoming or prospective student?
Do not pick a school based solely on who gives you the best deal financially. Some schools may offer lower costs or larger scholarships but have inferior physics programs. Additionally, you need to look at the whole university experience. There is more to going to college than just getting your courses done and earning a degree. This is a time for students to stretch themselves and begin to have a better understanding of what they believe and why. I am glad that I wound up at ACU not only because I was able to study physics in a very strong program but also because of the amazing people I met. I learned so many things that have nothing to do with a college degree but everything to do with life.
What is one Bible passage that is special to you?
PHENIX - One of the main experiments with which I am involved
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