Office BuildingDaktronics Engineering Hall
Mailing AddressDaktronics Eng Hall 255
Brookings, SD 57007
EducationBachelor of Science in Physics from Humboldt State University
Doctorate in Experimental Physics from Oklahoma State University
Academic Interests/ExpertiseOver the past 35+ years, I have taught students ranging in age from 5 to 95 and subjects ranging from Fire Science, Driver Education, CPR and Emergency Medicine to advanced scholarly areas such as Quantum Mechanics and Graduate Mechanics and Graduate Electrodynamics.
Academic ResponsibilitiesIntroductory level conceptual courses and related labs for non-science majors.
Committee ActivitiesRepresenting College of Natural Sciences on the Faculty Senate since AY-2019
- Soft Condensed Matter
- Complex Fluid Dynamics
Awards and HonorsDistinguish Research Award and Outstanding English Composition Award.
Professional MembershipsAmerican Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, Sigma-Pi-Sigma Honors Society.
Work ExperienceI have taught at major research 1 universities, prominent research 2 universities, and large colleges for the past 15 years as an Assistant Professor of Physics. I have had as many as 4 Graduate Researchers and 6 Undergraduate Researchers during a given academic year. Four of these graduate students were able to complete their Master of Science Degree under my leadership.
Creative ActivitiesI have two published books and another currently under contract due out in Spring 2020.
Area(s) of ResearchThe complex role between particulates and their host media is of great interest. There are currently a dozen different definitions of viscosity and no theoretical model to accurately predict this apparently inherent property of any media. My research goal is to define and test a fundamental theory which accurately predicts the viscous properties of any liquid.
Applications of ResearchThe values of viscosity are used in many areas, including chemical and hydraulic engineering and meteorology. Improving our understanding of this fundamental property would greatly enhance our abilities to predict drug behavior in the body, supply water and other liquids to the public, and possibly even predict the formation and path of hurricanes.
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