Gothard to Serve as Assistant Professor of Physics at BJU

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 24, 2015) – Dr. Nick Gothard will serve as an assistant professor of Physics in the College of Arts and Science at Bob Jones University this fall.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Gothard is joining our physics department this year, said Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science at BJU.  “Students will greatly benefit from his extensive knowledge, his practical expertise in the field of physics, and his desire to instill in them a passion for the subject matter.”

Gothard earned a BS in Physics (2001) from BJU, an MS (2003) and a PhD in Physics, both from Clemson University (CU).

Gothard previously served as a visiting research scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory and a National Research Council Research Associate, both at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, a graduate research assistant in the Nanomaterials Synthesis Laboratory at CU and a National Science Foundation REU Research Assistant at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He also served as adjunct faculty at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, a graduate teaching assistant at CU and an undergraduate teaching assistant at BJU.

He authored peer-reviewed articles in a number of publications including the Journal of Applied Physics, Nano Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Materials Science and Engineering, Journal of Electronic Materials, Materials Letters, Physica Status Solidi, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Carbon, and the Astronomical Journal.

Gothard also gave conference presentations to the American Physical Society March Meeting in San Antonio, Texas (2015), 30th International Conference on Thermoelectrics in Traverse City, Michigan (2011), the Materials Research Society Fall Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts (2010, 2007, 2005), the 28th International Conference on Thermoelectrics in Freiburg, Germany (2009), Materials Science and Technology Conference and Exhibition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2008), the 24th International Conference on Thermoelectrics in Clemson, South Carolina (2005), and the American Physical Society March Meeting in Austin, Texas (2003).

He is a member of the American Physical Society, Materials Research Society and the International Thermoelectric Society, and is a reviewer for several major peer-reviewed journals.

Gothard holds two patents, has a provisional patent and another under consideration.