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Student Opportunities

Our engineering and physics 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 work on NExT, Dr. Jim Drachenberg building an upgrade for the STAR (Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC) experiment, and research in nuclear physics and engineering, as well as opportunities for summer internships at national laboratories.

At ACU, the study of engineering and physics is dedicated to glorifying the Creator. We admire God’s handiwork in the laws of the universe, and seek to understand and apply those principles to solve big problems while improving the lives of people around the world. Part of that commitment means action, and 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 the 2010 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.


Shop Rates

Clean Room Rate


This rate allows service with trained personnel for all cleanroom tools except the scanning electron microscope. These tools include:

  • Spin coater
  • UV exposure system
  • Thin film coating system
  • Probe station
  • Other tools

SEM Rate

$72.50/hour + $27.50 cleanroom fee

This rate allows access to service of the JEOL IT200-LA and all of the tools or materials required for sample preparation and mounting samples in the SEM.


Machine Shop Rate


This rate allows complete access to all of the tools and service provided by the ACU Engineering and Physics machine shop. Some available tools include:

  • 5-axis C&C milling machine
  • Manual milling machine
  • Engine lathe
  • Band saw
  • MIG welder
  • TIG welder
  • Drill press
  • Other tools
Construction on the Engineering and Physics Labs at Bennett Gym

Contact Us

Our team is ready to assist you and answer any questions you might have about reserving these locations. We appreciate your support to our program and university. You can call us at 325-674-6175.