Physics & Engineering Research at Doane
Learning to work as a scientist is an important goal of the Doane physics program. Every physics major completes a senior research project in a three semester research sequence. Students work closely with a faculty mentor to define the project, carry it out, and then report the results in a formal thesis and at the college's undergraduate symposium, MindExpo, or at a regional or national meeting.
Using the tools of basic and engineering sciences to solve real problems is an important goal of the Doane engineering program. All engineering majors work on significant engineering design projects as sophomores, juniors, and seniors. They are also encouraged to develop new technologies through engineering research projects led by our faculty.
- Prosthetics design and analysis
- Workplace and biomedical co-robots
- Rehabilitation equipment design
- Gait analysis and replication
- Robotic control systems
Led by Professor Chris Wentworth, this lab uses the tools of statistical physics, computational science, and chemical engineering to investigate problems in condensed matter physics and biology. Recent work includes developing computer simulations of solid state diffusion, computer simulations of biofilm growth, image processing codes to help with plant genome research, and biofilm growth studies using bioreactors.