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Our students study under professors who love God, excel at teaching, and are actively engaged in their fields. Our faculty members have written major textbooks, are science and software consultants in the industry, and published in major scientific journals. They accomplish all of this while mentoring students outside of the classroom in both their faith and in cutting-edge research using our first-rate laboratories. Our students find they have many opportunities for internships and summer research grants. Many companies actively seek after AU computer science and engineering students for summer internships.
Additionally, we have a very high placement rate for our graduates in medical school, doctoral programs, business schools, and the job market.
Meet the Faculty & Staff
- School of Science & Engineering
Michael Bailey teaches in the department of biology at Anderson University. He joined the AU faculty in August 2000.
He previously taught at Bartlesville Wesleyan College, New Castle High School, and part-time at AU. His academic preparation includes a BS in biology and chemistry from Sterling College, two years at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, an MA in biology from Ball State University, and additional graduate coursework at Liberty University.
Michael’s primary teaching assignments are classes in human anatomy and physiology, bioethics, and cell biology. He is the advisor for and an instructor in the TeachScience program, a unique complementary teaching major for students seeking preparation for middle school and high school science teaching careers. Michael also serves as an advisor for students preparing for professional health science careers.
Michael’s research interests are diverse. He received a faculty development grant to understand the genetics of non-syndromic craniosynostosis and has had students do various projects investigating oral microbes, ocular physics, and taste receptors. He has also directed research projects studying topics in bioethics.
Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Brenda, who currently serves as Associate Director of Alumni Engagement at AU. They are the parents of five awesome children, Kayla, Grant, David, Parker, and Ian. Michael and Brenda enjoy quiet evenings by the firepit in their backyard, traveling, and gardening together. They love hosting students and alums in their home.
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Assistant Professor of Biology
A.B.D., Ball State University
Dr. Baker is interested in computational applications of solid mechanics and numerical methods, including applications in pharmaceutical processing and explosives.
Her Ph.D. work at Purdue University is in computational methods for analyzing particulate and granular systems at high confinement. She has developed a time integrator using a recent reformulation of angular orientation, and used it to analyze diametrical compression of compressed granular tablets, as well as impact tests on plastic-bonded explosive formulations. She has also contributed to the nanoHUB network of simulation tools for researchers and educators, mentoring students and contributing to the codebase.
She is married to her husband Christopher, a program analyst for the Indianapolis VA. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, playing the piano, dabbling in language learning, and being annihilated by her husband at board games.
Dr. Baker has served at Anderson University since January 2019 and is a member of the American Chemical Society.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
BS, Chemistry, Pensacola Christian College
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Pensacola Christian College
MS, Mechanical Engineering, North Caroline State University
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
Dr. Katelyn J. Butler received her B.A. in Biology from Judson University in Elgin, IL where she graduated Summa cum laude from the honors program and was the recipient of the President’s Scholar award.
She then proceeded to receive her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her graduate work, she investigated the genetic mechanisms behind plant resistance to soybean cyst nematode, the most economically significant pathogen of soybean. In addition, Dr. Butler was a Borlaug Fellow at the Borlaug Summer Institute for Global Food Security at Purdue University. She also completed a year-long program as a WISCIENCE Scientific Teaching Fellow where she received extensive training on research-based teaching principles. She joined the faculty at AU in 2018 and teaches non-majors biology, botany, and upper division molecular biology. Dr. Butler hopes to establish a student-run research program on plant-microbe interactions and engage in discipline-based education research.
Outside of the classroom or lab, Dr. Butler enjoys reading, cooking, and gardening. She likes to keep active by playing golf, ultimate frisbee, hiking, and yoga. She loves to travel to new places with her husband, Jackson, where they spend their time exploring the local cuisine and culture.
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Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Dr. Carr instructs courses mainly in chemistry, but also has taught courses under the physics caption and is involved in the freshman Liberal Arts Seminar courses.
In addition to course instruction, Dr. Carr has assisted students in undergraduate research projects. The work that has been completed in some of the endeavors has been presented at local American Chemical Society and national conferences. Opportunities for new areas of research exist, but the focus of what has been accomplished recently has utilized an in-house constructed x-ray fluorescence instrument. Research opportunities are also afforded to students through Aurum Consulting in which he is a partner available for scientific consulting.
Dr. Carr additionally serves as an advisor to pre-professional health and science students along with being a faculty mentor. As advisor he assists students wishing to pursue careers in health-related fields, such as those wishing to become doctors, dentists, therapists and the like. He has helped coordinate opportunities for science students to teach local homeschool children through Sigma Zeta, a national honor society for math and science.
In the summers, Dr. Carr has been teaching at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. For five weeks he instructs an environmental chemistry course in Northern Michigan where students get to experience and analyze God’s creation.
Dr. Scott Carr has served at Anderson University since 2001.
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Professor of Chemistry
B.A. Chemistry, Taylor University
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Miami University
Dr. Jennifer Coy is the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and a member of the interdisciplinary panel that oversees the Cybersecurity and National Security Studies majors. She teaches a wide range of computer science, cybersecurity, and engineering courses, since she is also dual-appointed to the Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering. She enjoys learning new technology and computer languages, and recently passed the EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker exam.
Dr. Coy's research interests lie in the connections between computer science and physics. She attended the University of Toledo as an undergraduate, receiving a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, graduating magna cum laude with Honors in Computer Science and Engineering. She received her masters and doctorate from Purdue University in Physics, where she studied gravity within galaxies where she created a parallel processing program to compare alternate theories of gravity to dark matter models.
Dr. Coy serves as an advisor to the Women in Computing student group, coordinates the computer science department's monthly Tech Talks series, communicates with industry partners to develop opportunities for student internships, and leads the department's Computer Science Hackathon and Cybersecurity Capture the Flag competitions.
Outside of the classroom, Coy enjoys camping with her husband and two children, running half marathons, knitting, scrapbooking, playing games, reading, and occasionally playing the piano.
Dr. Coy joined the AU faculty in August of 2014, bringing more than 10 years of prior experience teaching at small colleges, including Wabash College and Saint Joseph's College.
Professor of Computer Science & Physics
Chair, Department of Computer Science
B.S., University of Toledo
M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University
Professor Craton joined the AU faculty in 2019. He brings experience working as a software engineer, consultant, and open source contributor. He has previously worked alongside college students in residence life and student programs and has worked at Interactive Intelligence (now Genesys), Taylor University, Ivy Tech Community College, and Houghton College. He completed his BS in Computer Engineering and MA in Higher Education and Student Development from Taylor University, and he is currently completing his graduate work in Computer Science from Dakota State University.
Having lived and worked with college students as a resident director for six years, Professor Craton seeks to build strong and meaningful relationships with his students. He also strives to bring his practical experience building software to the classroom. He loves exploring new trends and technologies and works hard to ensure that his students have the tools that they need to build the high quality, secure software of the future.
Professor Craton lives near campus with his wife, Karin, and son, Benji. He has many interests, including playing board games, tinkering with electronics, and building with LEGO.
Dr. Michael Frank is a Professor of Political Science, teaching courses in American Government and Research Methods, including Congress, the Presidency, Political Parties, and Political Behavior. He is also the Pre-Law Advisor, helping students prepare for law school, the LSAT, and the admissions process. He has directed a number of internships for students in government offices, political campaigns, and legal settings.
Dr. Frank has served as the Chair of the Madison County Public Defender Board since 2009. The Board provides independent administration and oversight of the county’s public defender system to ensure compliance with state guidelines.
Dr. Frank earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.A. in International Relations fro Northern Illinois University. His research interests focus on political realignment, party history, and political inequality. He is a regular contributor to the Raven Politics blog.
Dr. Frank has served at Anderson University since the fall of 2001, having previously taught at Knox College and Houghton College.
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Decker Hall 364; (765) 641-4444
Professor of Political Science
B.A., Northern Illinois University
Ph.D., University of Illinois
From his childhood, Larry has always been enamored with mechanical contraptions, cars, trucks, farm equipment, machinery, how things work. He entered the University of Cincinnati in mechanical engineering in parallel with his co-op job at Armco Steel and acquired substantial technical knowledge as well as a valuable experience working with seasoned engineers. He used that knowledge as a manufacturing engineer producing Perfect Circle piston rings and Schwitzer turbochargers.
The grueling vibration classes proved worthwhile when he moved to the area of crankshaft vibration dampers. He was fortunate to be involved in the design, development, application, lab management, and sales of crankshaft dampers for 30 years to BMW, Case-New Holland, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Cummins, Deere, Detroit Diesel, Ford, GE, GM, Hercules, Isuzu, International, Mack, MAN, Mercedes, Saab, Tata, Volvo, & Waukesha. Although the names changed, Schwitzer, Household Mfg., BorgWarner, and Aprotech, it was a fortunate and fulfilling career.
He worked as facility coordinator for ISO-9001 and QS-9000 implementation in sales, engineering, and laboratory and is an approved Quality Auditor. He also worked as engineering manager for co-gen power units, generating electricity and hot water with natural gas powered engines operating at > 90% efficiency. He studied business at Indiana University culminating with his MBA. He has a professional engineering license in Indiana and Ohio, four patents, some of which are still in production, and the Supplier Innovation Award from John Deere.
He is married to his awesome wife, Diana, and has two wonderful children. He enjoys traveling with his wife and family, as well as woodworking, canoeing, and fishing.
Mr. George joined Anderson University in 2016 helping with the lab renovation and subsequently became Adjunct Professor, guiding students in the procurement, testing, design, and support of the solar car project and other student projects. The engineering faculty recently decided to participate in the eV Grand Prix and he is helping the students with the design, fabrication, and assembly of the eV car.
There are so many opportunities here at AU for these students to learn and mature into fulfilled individuals who will make substantial contributions to society. He likes pursuing these opportunities both corporately with the faculty and in particular with the individual students.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
MBA, Indiana University
PE, Indiana and Ohio