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Elaine Kirkpatrick

Associate Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering

Dr. Elaine Kirkpatrick specializes in fine particle magnetism. Her research focuses on nanostructured thin films and magnetic nanoparticles. She teaches courses that introduce students concepts about physics, planets, and galaxies. Dr. Kirkpatrick has helped bring state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to the department so that undergraduate and graduate students can work on advanced technology projects.

Teaching Interests

  • Mechanics
  • Modern physics
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Circuits
  • Semiconductors

Research Experiences

  • Nanomagnetic materials

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Addleman, D., Covele, B., Duncan, A., Johnson, J., Kramb, S., LeCrone, C., Reichert, C., Starnes, H., Twarek, A., Kirkpatrick, E. and Ditteon, R., “Rose-Hulman Spring 2005 Lightcurve Results: 155 Scylla, 590 Tomyris, 1655 Comas Solá, 2058 Roka, 63797 Vrba, and (25934) 2001 DC74,” Minor Planet Bulletin, Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, 2005
  • LeCrone, C., Duncan, A. and Kirkpatrick, E., “Light Curves and Periods for Asteroids 978 Aidamina, 105 Artemis, and 1103 Sequoia,” Minor Planet Bulletin, Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, Vol. 31, 2004
  • Ditteon, R., Hirsch, B., Kirkpatrick, E., Kramb, S., Kropf, M., Meehl, J., Stanfield, M., Tollefson, E. and Twarek, A., “2003-04 Winter Observing Campaign at Rose-Hulman Institute. Results for 797 Montana, 3227 Hasegawa, 3512 Eriepa, 4159 Freeman, 5234 Sechenov, and (5892) 1981 YS1,” Minor Planet Bulletin, Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, Vol. 31, 2004
  • Kirkpatrick, E. M., Hirsch, B., LeCrone, C., Schwenk, D., Shiery, M., Tollefson, E., Twarek, A., White, S. and Wolfe, C., “Oakley Observatory Lightcurves of Asteroids 670 Ottegebe and 1035 Amata,” Minor Planet Bulletin, Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, Vol. 30, 2003
  • Giri, A. K., Kirkpatrick, E. M., Moongkhamklang, P., Majetich, S. A. and Harris, V. G., “Photmagnetism and Structure in Cobalt Ferrite Nanoparticles,” Applied Physics Letters, American Institute of Physics, Vol. 80, 2341, 2002
  • Kirkpatrick, E. M., “Heating Methods for Deployment of CHEM Foam Structures,” IUPUI, Indianapolis, 2003
  • Kirkpatrick, E. M., “Asteroid Photometry: What Light Can Do For You,” Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 2003
  • Kirkpatrick, E. M., “Shedding Light on Cobalt Ferrite Thin Films and Nanoparticles,” University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, 2001
  • Kirkpatrick, E. M., “The Photomagnetic Effect in Cobalt Ferrite Thin Films and Nanoparticles,” St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 2001

Awards & Honors

  • NASA/American Society of Engineering Education’s Summer Faculty Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2002
  • Best Poster Award, Nano ’98 Conference, 1998
  • National Science Foundation Travel Award, Magnetic Hysteresis in Novel Magnetic Materials-NATO Advanced Study Institute, 1996
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award, Carnegie Mellon University, 1995

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, Applied Physics, 1997
  • MS, Carnegie Mellon University, Physics, 1994
  • BS, University of Dayton, Physics, 1992