Physics and Engineering Students Present Papers at Missouri Academy of Science

physics-and-engineering-physics2CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 7, 2014 — Four students and a faculty member from the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at Southeast Missouri State University presented papers in the physics and engineering section at the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science (MAS) April 26 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo.

Stephanie Howard, a dual mathematics and physics major from Jackson, Mo., presented “Exploration of the Parameter Space of the Cyclic Model in Bianchi-I Spacetime in Loop Quantum Cosmology.”   Howard performed her research at Louisiana State University last summer under the auspices of a nationally competitive National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduates internship.

Caleb Courier, a physics major from Walsh, Ill., presented “Design and Construction of a Light Weight Hyper Spectral Imaging Spectrometer for Remote Sensing Applications.”  Courier performed his research in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics as a summer research intern under the supervision of Dr. Michael Cobb at Southeast Missouri State University.

LeighAnn Leyerle, a physics major from Scott City, Mo., presented “Reduction of Aerodynamic Drag in Tractor Trailers by Means of Laminar Flow Disrupters.”  Leyerle performed her research in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics as a summer research intern under the supervision of Cobb as well.

Sarah Nix, an engineering physics major from Jackson, Mo., presented “Software Expansion and Hardware Integration of a Robot.”  Nix performed her research in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics as a summer research intern under the supervision of Dr. Jian Peng at Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Margaret Hill, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, presented “Effects of Annealing on the Crystal Structure of the Magnetocaloric Materials Mn5Si3-Type Alloys.”  Student co-authors of the presentation were Cody Dawson, a physics major from Marion, Ill., and a summer research intern, and Zack Spence, a biomedical sciences major from Jackson, Mo.

The Missouri Association of Physics Teachers (MAPT) met jointly with the Missouri Academy of Science physics/engineering section.  Hill was affirmed president-elect of MAPT for 2014-2015 and Dr. John Tansil, Southeast associate professor of physics, was elected secretary/treasurer of MAPT.