Central Methodist Hires New Science Faculty
Kendal Clark, Central Methodist University's new assistant professor of physics, isn't so new to the Fayette campus. Clark graduated from CMU with his bachelors of arts in physics and mathematics in 2002.
He earned his master's in physics and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Ohio University before returning in January to teach at CMU. Clark said he appreciates the personal interactions between the faculty and the students at CMU.
"I understand the value of that as a former student," Clark said. "This kind of direct interaction is something only a school like Central Methodist can offer an undergraduate."
Prior to returning to CMU, Clark worked as a research and teaching assistant at Ohio University and the University of Hamburg, Germany. Most recently he worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
At Central, Clark will be easing into the position that Dr. Larry Peery now holds. Peery, who has taught at Central since 1967, is in the process of retiring.
"As for stepping into Larry's shoes," he said, "it is a big challenge. He has been an icon in the physics department for a long time. I will work to keep the same high standards that he kept us to when I was his student."
In 2010 Clark was honored with the cover image of Nature Nanotechnology, won the Ovshinsky Student Travel Award, and attended the Department of Energy's Energy Research Opportunities Workshop.Clark's extensive research has been primarily in the fields of electron, molecular, and atomic manipulation. He has also published several scientific works about the study of nanotechnology.
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