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Joseph B. Tipton, Jr., Ph.D.

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Rancho Ebenezer, Honduras, Central America (2003-2005)

My passion for teaching and love of space intersected beautifully at an orphanage outside Tegucigalpa, Honduras in 2003. I spent the first 6 months of the year as a volunteer with the Baxter Bible College in Tegucigalpa. During my stay, I had the opportunity to visit friends from my Costa Rican language school who had moved to a children's home just outside the city.

About 20 children attended an elementary/middle school operated by the orphanage ministry, and I offered to help in any way possible. I soon found myself invited to teach space science activities on Friday afternoons to the middle school students. I will forever be captivated by the beautiful setting of a little school filled with bright, inquisitive minds, unhindered by the world around and happy to spend an hour focused on the heavens above.

Exploring the principles of water filtration aboard the International Space Station

Constructing an egg drop device on the same principles as the Mars Pathfinder Lander 

Learning how scientists interpret terrain on Mars from satellite photography

Launching a baking soda and vinegar rocket

Showing off Indo-China Tectite... glassy rocks created from meteor impacts. These were graciously donated by Dr. Larry Taylor, a planetary geologist at UT.

Enacting a scale model of the solar system. Can you spot pluto?

RIP Prof. Gerhart & Prof. Taylor

"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

The year 2017 has seen the passing of two great mentors.  Phil Gerhart was my Dean at the University of Evansville.  Larry Taylor was Director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute at the University of Tennessee.  Both were wonderful mentors at different points in my life and are greatly missed.

New Article Published

Tipton Jr, J. B., Lumsdaine, A., Schaich, C., & Hanson, G. R. (2017). Design and Analysis of 140-Degree Miter Bend for High Power Electron Cyclotron Heating Transmission Lines. Fusion Science and Technology, 1-7.

A journal article was recently published from work that I presented at the 22nd Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (TOFE).  You can view the article here.

Therapeutic Playground Project in Trujillo, Honduras

I'm a proud part of a 3 year project to build a therapeutic playground for children with disabilities in Trujillo, Honduras.  Read more HERE to learn how Lipscomb engineering is working with the Little Hands, Big Hearts ministry!