Department of Physics and Engineering

Hank Yochum

I am the Director of the Margaret Jones Wyllie '45 Engineering Program and Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering at Sweet Briar College.  I teach courses in engineering, physics, and from time to time, chemistry and education.   

We are proud to be the 2nd women's college in the US with an ABET accredited engineering degree.

I have pretty broad interests.  These include research in condensed matter physics, optics, and nanostructured thin films.  I'm also active with STEM teacher professional development (see here for the final product of our 2011 project).  I am engaged in local and global service learning in engineering courses.  We go to Brazil every other year as part of this effort (Information about travel for our summer 2013 project in Brazil) and have partnered with Lynchburg Sheltered Industries.  We are committed to increasing the number of women interested in pursuing an engineering education.  We do this largely through our Explore Engineering events for high school women (see here for a WDBJ 7 News story about our 2012 summer event).   

I've been at Sweet Briar since 2002.  I was also here from 1999-2000.  I was an engineer at Lucent Technologies/OFS Specialty Photonics in the in-between time.  I spent a year long sabbatical at Virginia Tech from 2007-2008 doing research on rapid switching, nanostructured, electrochromic devices.

I earned a BS in physics in 1994 from the College of Charleston and PhD in physics in 1999 under Prof. R.T. Williams from Wake Forest University.

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