Robert Fairchild, Ph.D., CHP

Professor of Physics
Physics Department Chair
Office location

Acklie 326L

Office hours

By appointment, if not in class or in office.

rwf [at]

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

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

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