Robert Fairchild, Ph.D., CHP

Contact Information

Robert Fairchild, Ph.D., CHP
Professor of Physics
Office location

Olin Hall 116

Office hours

By appointment, if not in class or in office.


(402) 465-2253


Chair, Department of Physics, 1996-2017
Professor of Physics, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2001-
Associate Professor of Physics, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1994-2001
Acting Chair, Department of Physics, 1990-91
Radiation Safety Officer 1988-
Dual-degree Engineering Liaison Officer 1988-
Pre-Architecture Liaison Officer 1993-2019
Assistant Professor of Physics, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1975-1994
Director of Computer Services, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1980-1988


Ph.D., Applied Physics, Cornell University, 1975
M.S., Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University, 1993
B.S., Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1971

Courses taught

Earth Science
Energy and the Global Environment
Principles of Physics I and II
General Physics I and II
Electronic Measurements
Introduction to Modern Physics
Computer Architecture and Interfacing
Introduction to Health Physics
Classical Mechanics
Advanced Laboratory
Independent Study

Course schedule

Fall 2019:

Physics 1500 - Musical Acoustics
MWF 1:00-1:50, Th 2:00-3:50

Physics 2200 - Electronic Measurements
MWF 11:00-11:50. Tu 1:00-3:50

Physics 1600 - Principles of Physics I
MWF 8:00-9:50

Research and academic interests

Applications of physics to energy and environmental issues
Computer Systems (Hardware, Software, Interfaces)
Electronics, Experimental Physics, Radiation Protection

Service interests

Volunteer to State of Nebraska, Department of Health and Human Services, Radiation Emergency Response Team
First Baptist Church of Lincoln
American Baptist Churches of Nebraska

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards
  • Memberships:
    • American Physical Society
      American Association of Physics Teachers
      Nebraska Section, American Association of Physics Teachers
      Nebraska Academy of Sciences
      Health Physics Society
      Mid America Chapter, Health Physics Society
      Phi Kappa Phi
      Sigma Pi Sigma
      Nebraska-Píaui Partners of the Americas

      Comprehensive Certification by American Board of Health Physics, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
      Nominated for Faculty Excellence Award, 1991, 1995, 1999
      Service Award, Department of Business Administration and Economics, NWU, 1989