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

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UE Engineering OPTIONS Program (June 11-12, 2014)

Engineering OPTIONS is a summer camp for high school women who are rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors, sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Evansville. The week-long program mixes fun with work and learning about four different engineering disciplines: Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

In 2014, I represented the Mechanical Engineering discipline.  I chose an energy efficiency project from the Concord Consortium ( that would introduce the students to concepts such as heat transfer, solar heating, energy vs. power, and energy efficiency.  We combined hands-on experimentation, instrumentation, and computer simulation.

It was quite a challenge to implement, but I strove to create a meaningful introduction to engineering experiment and design rather than a simpler build-this-and-see-what-happens approach.  I was impressed with the students academic background and enthusiasm.  Hopefully, there are some future mechanical engineers in the making!

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!