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Physics and Astronomy
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd #11077
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1077
Phone: 270-745-4357
Fax: 270-745-2014

Dr. Eric Steinfelds

Dr. Eric Steinfelds

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office:  TCCW 224
Phone:  (270) 745-3817


  • PHYS 100/101 for Navitas international prep-students destined for WKU.
  • Introductory Mathematics (on occasion).
  • Finite Element M. and Monte Carlo Computations for future courses in nuclear physics and math methods.


  • Development of the Solid State PARES radioisotopic battery; improvements of the RECS radioisotopic battery; Further Development of various types of radioisotopic batteries. In the development of nuclear batteries, I have done theoretical work; original computations (of support, assessment, and design); and in-lab work which included radiation detection and constructing a rudimentary ‘battery’. 
  • Solving of the Maxwell Boltzmann Transport Equation for the pursuit of scholarly excellence in applied mathematics and for applications in nuclear and radiological engineering. 
  • Reviews of classical field theories and semi-classical field theories which bridge quantum mechanical phenomena to classical phenomena
  • Reactor Physics
  • Shielding analysis and radiation dosimetry
  • Nuclear Spectroscopy
  • Understanding and improvements of nuclear states and nuclear decay – extending shell model and liquid drop model for decays, fissions, and spectra. 
  • Solving of partial differential equation semi-analytically and computationally


  • Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Computational Physics and High Energy Physics
  • Engineering Grad. from University of Missouri in Nuclear Engineering
  • B.A. from Luther College in Physics and Mathematics

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