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About Tim Kidd

Dr. Kidd performed both his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, receiving a Ph.D in physics in 2002. He joined the physics department at the University of Northern Iowa in 2005 after his postdoctoral work in the electron spectroscopy group of the condensed matter physics department at Brookhaven National Laboratory.


His teaching philosophy is to learn by doing with intensive laboratory activities.  He is active in developing courses in electronicsphysical computing, and nanoscience and has taught classes in electronicselectromagnetismthermodynamics, and statistical mechanicsnanoscience, and introductory physics. 


Present Professor, Physics, University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics


Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • REST Award for Service to the Physics Department of Northern Iowa (2012)
  • Research Highlighted in CNS Faculty Focus Web Site (2011)
  • Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award by College Dean 's Student Advisory Council (2011)
  • Aladdin Lamp Award - Synchrotron Radiation Center in Stoughton, WI (2001)
  • Incomplete List of Excellent Teaching Assistants (1997)


  • Conceptual Physics Laboratory
  • General Physics I & II
  • Engineering Physics I
  • Freshman Projects
  • Introduction to Electronics
  • Physical Computing
  • PLTW Digital Electronics
  • Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Physics Seminar
  • Nanoscience courses (Lab & Lecture): Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced

Contact Information

University of Northern Iowa
Physics Building 304
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0150

Office: PHY 304
Phone: (319) 273-2380


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