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Physics and Engineering News

Faculty Investigates Mystery of Northern Lights

Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Jim Schroeder ‘09 finds that electrons surfing across electromagnetic Alfvén waves is the force behind the awe-inspiring aurora borealis.

Physics and Engineering Department Seeking Lab Associate

The physics and engineering department has an open position for a lab associate. 

Sigma Pi Sigma Induction 2021

The Wheaton College chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, inducted new members and gave honor cords to graduating members at its induction ceremony held on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Wheaton Sophomore Awarded American Association of Physics Teachers' Scholarship 

Wheaton sophomore Tamara Watson (Physics Secondary Ed ‘23) has been awarded the Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers from the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Wheaton Grad. Hunts for Gravitational Waves

Steven Palladino's ('13) doctoral work attempts to detect gravitational waves from the birth of the universe. 

Mission to Mars: The Wheaton Connection

Wheaton Physics alumnus Roger Wiens '82 played a pivotal role in the Perseverance rover, which landed on Mars in February 2021. 

Faculty and Students Explore Life on Mars

During the Summer of 2020, faculty member Rhiannon Blaauw-Erskine and a group of nine physics students designed a million-person settlement on Mars.



Wheaton College Physics Students Win National Recognition

The Wheaton College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office.

Students and Faculty in Wheaton Magazine

Students and faculty from the Department of Physics and Engineering are featured in the most recent issue of Wheaton Magazine.

Physics Faculty Awarded NASA Grant

Assistant Professor of Physics Jim Schroeder ‘09 is part of a team of researchers who have recently been awarded a grant from NASA. 

Students Published in Journal

Physics students publish an article in the Journal of Undergraduate Reports in Physics. 

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Faculty Awarded Templeton Grant

NASA scientist and physics lecturer Rhiannon Blaauw Erskine and fellow Wheaton prof Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt awarded major grant.

Remote Learning Experiment

The switch to remote learning during the spring had a significant impact on several of Genevieve Nelson's courses, heavily affecting her laboratory-based experimental physics course in particular. 

Whitney Elected SPS Zone 9 Councilor

Dr. Heather WhitneyDr. Heather M. Whitney has been elected Zone 9 Councilor for the Society of Physics Students National Council.

Physics Major Receives NRC Fellowship

Wheaton College Physics major Michael Vieceli ’20 has received a fellowship from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to support upcoming graduate studies in Medical Physics at Purdue University beginning in Fall 2020.

Recipient of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Stephen McKayStephen McKay is one of two Wheaton students to have received the Goldwater Scholarship. 

Breaking New Ground with LiDAR

Wheaton College students and faculty have formed an intra-departmental team to create a process utilizing LiDAR technology to map changes at archeological sites, with Tel Shimron in Israel as the initial test location.

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Physics Students Attend PhysCon

The Wheaton College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) sent eight students to PhysCon, the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Congress, in November 2019.

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SWE Conference 2019

In November, six Wheaton engineering women participated in the annual Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conference in Anaheim, California. 

Dahlin Receives Prestigious Award

Dr. Joel Dahlin ‘10 received the 2019 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Publishing at a reception for Physics of Plasma authors on Tuesday, October 22.

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Faculty Member Receives NIH Grant

Dr. Heather M. Whitney is Associate Professor of Physics at Wheaton College and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago.

Scientific Theories of Origins
Scientific Theories of Origins

A groundbreaking book with engaging, field-tested materials, from outstanding faculty at a flagship Christian university. An important new resource for Christian students

Announcing a New Scholarship

The William Lewis Shuster Jr. Engineering Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded to an incoming first year engineering student.

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New Moles Scholarship

Wheaton engineering student, Rebecca Geiger wins Moles scholarship.