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Engineering and Physics Research

Our physics and engineering students have extensive opportunities to take part in exciting research in our well-equipped research facilities on campus and by joining faculty over the summer at prestigious national labs.

Engineering Research

Our engineering faculty are active researchers in their fields. They are respected internationally for their work, yet enjoy teaching and mentoring students. And with an average class size of 10 students, you’ll get to know your professor well – often with an opportunity to become a colleague.

Involvement in the process of research and discovery sets ACU apart from engineering majors at other universities. Our students see abstract concepts at work in real-world scenarios, and witness the fun and excitement of science in action through positions as research assistants with Dr. Tim Head in his Phonon Imaging Lab, Dr. Josh Willis and his LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) research work, and research in biomedical engineering, as well as opportunities for summer internships in national laboratories.

As a student in our engineering program you may have the opportunity to travel to Haiti to dig wells and provide clean drinking water for villages still struggling to recover from an earthquake, design a sustainable irrigation system for communities in Honduras, or work at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to help advance treatment for one of the world’s most deadly diseases.You’ll also have the opportunity to join the exciting new research in ACU’s NEXT Lab. By experimenting with molten salt as a coolant for nuclear reactors, NEXT researchers are on a mission to provide global solutions to the world’s most critical needs  – energy that is less expensive and safer, water that is pure and abundant, and medical isotope use to diagnose and treat cancer. Learn more