Steven Smith

Associate Professor of Physics

Steven Smith headshot




Natural Sciences


Dr. Smith is teaching Physical Science, College and University Physics, Astronomy, Electronics, Earth Science, and upper-level undergraduate Physics courses at Indiana Wesleyan University. He endeavors to bring science and cultural issues into the science classroom where appropriate, i.e. 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and its implication for macroevolution. He is also an active astronomy enthusiast. For the period 1989-91 Steven Smith carried out research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)  as a NASA-NRC Resident Research Associate.  In 1992 he became member of Technical Staff, Earth and Space Sciences Division, JPL. Until July, 2007 he was engaged in a variety of experiments in electron-collisions with highly-charged ions (HCI), including excitation, measurement of lifetimes of metastable HCI states, and charge-exchange of HCIs with atoms and molecules, including measurement of X-ray emission spectra.  Dr. Smith was also involved through JPL’s Technology Affiliates Program (TAP) with Beckman Coulter, Inc. in the development of the Rotating Field Mass Spectrometer, for analysis of large organic (protein) compounds.  He has been an active member of the C. S. Lewis Society of Southern California, and is currently involved with C.S. Lewis and Friends Society at Taylor University, near Upland, IN.  

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Physics, Indiana Wesleyan University 2010-Present.  This included the role as Physics Department Coordinator for 2 years.
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Indiana Wesleyan University 2007-2009
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Member of Technical Staff (Atomic and Molecular Collisions, Mass Spectrometry) 1991-2007.
  • National Research Council, Research Associate 1989-1991.


  • BS - Physics
    1982, Wayne State University
  • MS - Physics
    1984, Wayne State University
  • PhD - Physics
    1989, Wayne State University
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