Dr. Rusty Towell



Professor of Engineering and Physics 
Director of NEXT Lab at ACU

Contact Information: 
ACU Box 27963
Abilene Christian University 
Abilene, TX 79699
Office: 325-674-2034

B.S. Engineering Physics, ACU, 1990
Ph.D. Nuclear Physics, UT-Austin, Texas, 1999

Research Interests:
Dr. Towell leads the ACU Nuclear Physics Research Group that is active in both basic and applied research. His research is focused on advanced reactor research, design, and development and on the structure of the nucleon.

Current Research Activity: 

  • Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory (NEXT Lab) at ACU
  • Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction eXperiment (PHENIX) at Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • SeaQuest experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Neutron Induced Fission Fragment Tracking Experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory


Publication Profile

Recent Presentations: 

  • Towell, R.S., Adams Center Presentation, "STEM to the Rescue: How Engineering and Physics Will Save the World," Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX. (March 3, 2016). 
  • Towell, R., Annual Fall Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics, "Precise Nuclear Data Measurements Possible with the NIFFTE fission TPC and Applications in Reactor Designs," American Physical Society, Santa Fe, NM. (October 29, 2015)
  • Towell, R. (Author & Presenter), Thorium Energy Conference, "Recent Measurements with the NIFFTE Fission TPC and the Potential to Advance Thorium Fuel, "International Thorium Energy Organization, Mumbai, India. (October 14, 2015)
  • Towell, R. (Author & Presenter), TEDxACU, "Why Making Energy From Dirt Might Save The World," Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX. (April 17, 2015). 
  • Towell, R. (Author & Presenter), Nucleur Science Symposium, "Recent Measurements with the NIFFTE Fission TPC and the Potential to Advance Thorium Fueled Reactors," IEEE, Seattle, WA. (November 10, 2014).


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