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Enrichment Tracks

Computer Science and Robotics

computerscienceComputers are at the heart of our modern digital society. Computer scientists and engineers not only design modern operating systems and the commercial software used by other individuals including IT, they also develop new concepts that push the frontiers in a wide range of fields including artificial inelegance, encryption, robotics, and computer controls. Students in the computer science area will learn both computer hardware and software components including an introduction to digital circuits, electrical motors, sensors, microcontrollers, programming, behavior-based robotics, simulation and graphics.

For more information about this area, contact the Dr. Mircea Agapie at 254-968-0792


Environmental Engineering

environmentalEnvironmental Engineering and Hydrology are two specialty areas that arose out of traditional civil engineering. Environmental Engineers work on a wide range of environmental issues ranging from dealing with solid waste, radioactive waste cleanup, waste water treatment, air pollution and water chemistry. Texas has a need to increase industrial capacity that provides jobs for Texas while ensuring that the health of workers and our environment is maintained. Thus, environmental engineering is an important and rapidly growing field of engineering. It is expected that the number of environmental engineering jobs will grow by over 25% in the next decade.

Students in the environmental engineering area will be introduced to techniques used in a wide range of applications from dealing with oil spills and other toxic chemicals to determining the effects of emerging contaminants like pharmaceuticals. As part of the student's work, they will be involved in an ongoing research project Tarleton Environmental Engineering faculty member, Dr. Sudarshan Kurwadkar, and his students. the methods of biological analysis and to treatment technology used in careers related to water pollution.

For additional information about this area contact Sudarshan Kurwadkar at 254-968-1910.

Lasers and Electronics

 The applications in telecommunications to medicine to their importance in basic science. Students in this area will be introduced to the physics behind both lasers, oscilloscopes, and electronics. Students in this area will construct an interferometer, hologram, various DC circuits, a full wave rectifier, transformer, operational amplifier circuits, and more.

For more information about this camp, contact Dr. Daniel Marble in the Tarleton Physics Program at 254-968-9880


Nuclear Physics and Health Physics

nuclearTarleton is located 30 miles Southwest of Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant the site of two of Texas' four nuclear reactors and is one of only five undergraduate universities in the U.S. with a tandem particle accelerator lab. Taleton also has one of only two undergraduate physics programs with a specialized medical physics track. 

Nuclear power is expected to be a major player in meeting the future energy needs of Texas with as many as eight more reactors being proposed for construction over the next 15 years. Thus, Texas needs skilled workers in the nuclear power area and jobs are expected to grow in order to staff new facilities and to deal with an aging workforce at existing facilities.

However, most people don't know that nuclear physics concepts are far more prevalent in their lives than just nuclear power and that whether you get your energy from a nuclear power plant or from gasoline all energy originates in someway from a nuclear process. Furthermore, all atoms beyond hydrogen are also produced by nuclear processes inside large fusion reactors that we call Stars. Nuclear physics is what provides the power for everything in the universe from your car to planets to human beings. Energy from nuclear reactions is stored in plants where it is eventually turned into oil, gas, and coal. Nuclear energy from the sun is stored in the energy of oceans where it enables fish life and provides the power for hurricanes. Nuclear radioactivity inside our earth adds to nuclear energy from the sun that heats our planet and makes life possible. The techniques of nuclear physics are also extremely useful in medicine where nuclear techniques are used in medical imaging, treatment of cancer and in engineering where they enable use to create smaller devices and to detect impurities. We use large nuclear accelerators as time machines to travel back to when the Cosmos first began and to study the smallest features of the atom. You are probably using a former nuclear lab device, Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), to read this web page.

Students in this physics area will be introduced to nuclear physics concepts and how they are used to solve a wide range of medical and industrial problems in the Dallas-Ft Worth area from detecting impurities in manufacturing integrated circuits, safely operating reactors in nuclear power plants, and doing nuclear imaging (MRI, CAT scan, etc.) in medicine. Students in this physics area will have a chance to run the particle accelerator to prove Einstein's E=Mc2, measure the size of the nucleus, measure the half-life of a radioactive element, make a CT image of an object, make a sonogram, and much more,  

For more information about this area, contact the Dr. Daniel Marble in the Tarleton Physics Program at 254-968-9880