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Engineering class project turns into real-world missions experience

Engineering class project turns into real-world missions experience

By on October 4, 2018 in Academic News, ACU News, Features with 0 Comments

Garrett Rhoden learned something he wasn’t expecting to learn in an engineering class: He has a heart for missions. The realization came after a trip to Honduras in May that was part of an engineering class taught by Dr. Timothy Kennedy, P.E. Garrett, a senior engineering major, spent part of the summer helping install latrines and […]

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NEXT Lab receives federal funding to partner with Idaho National Lab, MIT, Yale and others on research reactor

NEXT Lab receives federal funding to partner with Idaho National Lab, MIT, Yale and others on research reactor

By on August 31, 2018 in ACU News, Campus News with 1 Comment

The NEXT Lab at Abilene Christian University has been awarded $150,000 in funding by the Department of Energy to partner with Idaho National Laboratory and several other universities on a new research reactor. The universities include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, Colorado School of Mines, Georgia Tech University and Illinois Institute of Technology. Research […]

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Physics students, faculty participate in landmark research

Physics students, faculty participate in landmark research

“Surprising Result Shocks Scientists Studying Spin,” the headline from a Brookhaven National Laboratory news release shouted. What isn’t surprising or shocking is that five people associated with ACU were among the authors of a paper on that scientific finding that was published in the Physical Review Letters, which, according to ACU physics professor Dr. Rusty […]

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Engineering, physics students work alongside world class scientists in summer research

Engineering, physics students work alongside world class scientists in summer research

By on April 5, 2018 in Academic News, Campus News with 0 Comments

Summers have been most unusual the last couple of years for ACU senior Caleb Hicks – and that’s one reason he chose ACU. Instead of enjoying the scenery in his hometown of Greeley, Colorado, Caleb has been conducting research, alongside world class scientists, at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago and the Los Alamos […]

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NEXT Lab focuses research on solving global problems

NEXT Lab focuses research on solving global problems

By on January 25, 2018 in Academic News, Campus News with 0 Comments

A box of Morton’s salt sitting on a table and mention of a Crock-Pot makes visitors to ACU’s NEXT Lab wonder if they are in the right place. But just a few seconds into an explanation from Rusty Towell, a professor in the university’s Department of Engineering and Physics, dispels any misgivings. This really is […]

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Rusty Towell: Innovative scholar, down-to-earth teacher

Rusty Towell: Innovative scholar, down-to-earth teacher

By on January 25, 2018 in Academic News, Faculty Spotlights with 2 Comments

Remember the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” when meeting Rusty Towell (’90) for the first time. More to the point, don’t pre-judge Towell based on the cover of his scholarly books, publications and presentations. Don’t let titles like “Recent Measurements With the NIFFTE Fission TPC and the Potential to Advance Thorium Fueled […]

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Engineering, physics students make learning fun

Engineering, physics students make learning fun

By on November 17, 2017 in Academic News, ACU News, Campus News with 0 Comments

Learning about engineering and physics means using science, math, economics, social and practical knowledge to solve real-world problems. For students in ACU’s Department of Engineering and Physics, it also means using their knowledge to make learning fun for local schoolchildren. The element of fun was evident during the department’s third annual Intro Design Expo in […]

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World renowned physicist one of ACU’s outstanding alumni

World renowned physicist one of ACU’s outstanding alumni

By on July 12, 2016 in ACU News with 0 Comments

To understand what Dr. H. Jeff Kimble (’71) does for a living, you can’t picture him working in a laboratory. Well, he’s a world-renowned physicist specializing in quantum optics at California Institute of Technology, so there’s a good chance you’ll never really understand what he does. Still: Start by picturing him as one of the […]

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VIA News: Track, Bennett reflect progress

VIA News: Track, Bennett reflect progress

By on November 25, 2014 in Academic News, Campus News with 1 Comment

Heading into the extended Thanksgiving weekend, a pair of Vision in Action projects on the Abilene Christian University campus are making visible progress. Crews from Beynon Sports Surfaces earlier this month finished laying down a vibrant purple track that certainly pops against the deep green of the newly installed soccer field. With that, the most […]

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10 Questions with provost Dr. Robert Rhodes

10 Questions with provost Dr. Robert Rhodes

By on November 25, 2013 in 10 Questions, Academic News, Series with 0 Comments

ACU provost Dr. Robert Rhodes joined the administration at the start of the 2012-13 school year following a 17-year career at New Mexico State University as associate dean for students and programs in NMSU’s College of Education. He has a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University and a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. […]

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