Timothy R. Vierheller, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics

The University of Akron Wayne College
1901 Smucker Rd
Orrville, OH 44667
Phone: 330-684-8780, e-mail: tv@uakron.edu

Timothy R. Vierheller, Ph.D.

Courses Taught (in Spingboard):
 •  Astronomy
 •  Elementary Classical Physics
 •  Differential Equations
 •  Life Science Physics
       

Presentations:
 •  Lincoln Elementary
 •  Vital Connections
        - Manufacturing & Engineering


Education:

  • Ph.D. The University of Akron, December 1994 (Polymer Science)
  • M.S. Ohio University, June 1983 (Physics)
  • B.S. Marietta College, May 1981 (Mathematics); Magna Cum Laude

Ph.D. Dissertation Title:

  • Interfacial Microstructure and Dynamics in Langmuir-Blodgett Multilayer Thin Films Containing Cadmium Arachidate and Polyglutamate Copolymers. (Dr. Mark D. Foster, Adviser)

Special Honors:

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Marietta College
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon, Mathematics Honorary, Marietta College
  • Recipient of Hoechst Celanese Polymer Science Graduate Student Award

Professional Experience:

  • Jan 2003 - Present:
    The University of Akron Wayne College Professor of Physics and Director of Faculty
  • Aug 2000 - Jan 2003:
    The University of Akron Wayne College Professor of Physics and Director of Adjunct Faculty
  • Aug 1995 - Aug 2000:
    The University of Akron Wayne College Associate Professor of Physics & Interim Associate Dean (1997-1998)
  • Aug 1990 - Aug 1995:
    The University of Akron Wayne College Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Aug 1987 - Aug 1990:
    The University of Akron Wayne College Instructor of Mathemetics
  • Apr 1986 - July 1987:
    Software Engineer at Makor Incorporated
  • July 1983 - Mar 1986:
    Systems Analyst at Physician Services Division of Baxter International
  • May 1980 - Aug 1980:
    Engineer Assistant at NASA - Glenn Research Center (formerly Lewis Research Center)

Courses Taught:

  • Elementary Classical Physics, Technical Physics, Physics for Environmental Technology, Statistics, Preparatory Mathematics, College Algebra, Precalculus, and Differential Equations 

Research Interests:

  • X-ray and Neutron investigations of thin films and use of computers in education.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Physical Society including membership in Polymer Division
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Neutron Society of America

Publications:

  • Timothy R. Vierheller, "A Workshop on UNIX, Workstations, and Internet Connections." College Science Teaching Sept/Oct 1997, 39.
  • Timothy R. Vierheller, Mark D. Foster, Albert Schmidt, Klemens Mathauer, Wolfgang Knoll, Gerhard Wegner, Sushil Satija, Charles F. Majkrzak, "Structure and Stability of Two-Component Langmuir-Blodgett Multilayers Containing Cadmium Arachidate and Polyglutamate Determined by Reflectometry." Langmuir 1997, 13, 6, 1712.
  • T. R. Vierheller, Mark D. Foster, Albert Schmidt, Klemens Mathauer, Wolfgang Knoll, Gerhard Wegner, Sushil Satija, Charles F. Majkrzak, "Stability of Cadmium Arachidate Langmuir-Boldgett Multilayers Determined by X-Ray and Neutron Reflectometry." Langmuir 1996, 12, 21, 1712.
  • Timothy R. Vierheller, Mark D. Foster, Albert Schmidt, Klemens Mathauer, Wolfgang Knoll, Gerhard Wegner, Sushil Satija, Charles F. Majkrzak, "Structure and Thermal Stability of Langmuir-Blodgett-Kuhn Layers of Hairy-Rod Polymers Probed with Neutron and X-ray Reflectometry." Macromolecules 1994, 27 6893.
  • M. D. Foster, T. R. Vierheller, A. Schmidt, K. Mathauer, W. Knoll, G. Wegner, Sushil Satija, Charles F. Majkrzak, "Structure and Thermal Stability of Langmuir-Blodgett-Kuhn Multilayers of 'Hairy-Rod' Copolymers," Makromol. Chemie: Macromol. Symposia, 1994, 87, 35-43.

Presentations at Professional Meetings:

  • Tim Vierheller, "Joining the Introductory Physics Lab with the Real World," OATYC Fall Conference, 2003.
  • Tim Vierheller, "Using Research Instrumentation to Illustrate Introductory Topics in Physics," Ohio Sectional Meeting of the American Physical Society, Fall 2002.
  • Paulette Popovich and Tim Vierheller, “Assessment at the Two-year Branch Campus: Linking General Education, Program, and Course Learning Outcomes” AAHE Assessment Conference, June 2002.
  • Tim Vierheller, Janet Minc, Emily Rock, Susan Meehan, “Striving for Excellence: Assessing Teaching and Effective Learning” Celebrating Excellence in Teaching and Learning Conference – The University of Akron, April 2002.
  • Tim Vierheller, “Structure and Dynamics of Thin Film Polymer Interfaces Investigated Using X-ray and Neutron Reflectivity,” Marietta College Physics Colloquium, November, 2001.
  • Tim Vierheller, “Implementing Assessment at the Two-year College,” OATYC Fall Conference 2001.
  • Tim Vierheller, "Visual Basic" Ohio Business Teachers Association Convention, 1999.
  • Gary Bays, Tim Vierheller, Kay Stephan, "Redefining Access: Meeting Students Needs Through Technology." OATYC Fall Conference 1998.
  • Timothy R. Vierheller, Mark D. Foster, Albert Schmidt, Klemens Mathauer, Wolfgang Knoll, Sushil Satija, Charles F. Majkrzak. "Thermal Stability of Langmuir-Blodgett Films Containing "Hairy-Rod" Polymers and CdA." Spring 1996 National Meeting of the American Physical Society.
  • Timothy R. Vierheller, Mark D. Foster, Albert Schmidt, Klemens Mathauer, Wolfgang Knoll, Sushil Satija, Charles F. Majkrzak. "Langmuir-Blodgett Films Containing "Hairy-Rod" Polymers." Spring 1995 Ohio Sectional Meeting of the American Physical Society.
  • Dan Deckler, Gary Bays, Tim Vierheller. "Back to the Future: Revisiting Team Teaching in the 1990's." OATYC Fall Conference 1994.
  • Timothy R. Vierheller, Mark D. Foster, Albert Schmidt, Klemens Mathauer, Wolfgang Knoll, Sushil Satija, Charles F. Majkrzak. "Thermal Stability of Langmuir-Blodgett Films Containing "Hairy-Rod" Polymers: Effects if Backbone Orientation and Side Chain Density."Spring 1994 National Meeting of the American Physical Society.
  • Timothy R. Vierheller, Mark D. Foster, Albert Schmidt, Klemens Mathauer, Wolfgang Knoll, Sushil Satija, Charles F. Majkrzak. "Thermal Stability of Langmuir-Blodgett Films Containing "Hairy-Rod" Polymers: Effects if Backbone Orientation and Side Chain Density." MacroAkron, 1994.
  • Timothy R. Vierheller, Mark D. Foster, Albert Schmidt, Klemens Mathauer, Wolfgang Knoll, Sushil Satija, Charles F. Majkrzak, 1993. "Investigation of the Asymmetric Interface between a "Hairy-Rod" Polymer and Cadmium Arachidate." Spring 1993 Ohio Sectional Meeting of the American Physical Society.
  • Timothy R. Vierheller, 1991. "Applications of Differential Equations" (Abstr.) The Ohio Journal of Science, Abstracts, 91:2.
  • Timothy R. Vierheller, 1990. "Chaos in the Physics Lab" (Abstr.) The Ohio Journal of Science, Abstracts, 90:2.
  • Timothy R. Vierheller, 1989. "Applications of the Forced Oscillator" (Abstr.) The Ohio Journal of Science, Abstracts, 89:2.

Additional Academic Activities:

  • Invited speaker at The University of Akron, Department of Polymer Science (Fall 2000). "Introduction to X-ray and Neutron Sources."
  • Invited speaker at The University of Kentucky - Prestonsburg Community College Colloquium (Spring 1999). "The Offering and Development of Internet Courses."
  • Invited speaker at The University of Akron, Department of Polymer Science (Fall 1995). "Introduction to the Generic Scattering Experiment."
  • Invited speaker at The University of Kentucky - Prestonsburg Community College Colloquium (1992). "The Microstructure and Properties of Biological Polymers."

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