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AU’s School of Science & Engineering teaches the next generation of mathematicians, scientists, cybersecurity professionals, and engineers. Our classes are led by professors who understand the ways faith and science work together and are actively engaged in their fields, through writing textbooks, consulting in science and software, and publishing in major scientific journals. Professors make themselves available for mentoring students outside of the classroom in both their faith and cutting-edge research using our first-rate laboratories.

Students studying in our Science & Engineering programs have many opportunities for internships or summer research grants because companies actively seek them out. Genysys and Ontario Systems, two leading technology companies, even opened locations right on campus in order to get a better chance to hire our students.

Graduates go on to medical school, doctoral programs, business school, or even right into the job market, earning competitive salaries at top companies.


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Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito speaks about expressing her faith in the classroom.

Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito

Professor of Biology; Allied Health Advisor

Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito speaks about expressing her faith in the classroom.
Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito

Dr. Kimberly G. Lyle-Ippolito is Professor of Biology at Anderson University. Dr. Lyle-Ippolito received her BS in Biology from Wright State University in 1980 and her MS and PhD in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University in 1985.  She completed a post-doctoral research position at Case Western Reserve University in vaccine development before moving to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a virologist.  She then accepted the position of Chief of Virology at the Dayton (Ohio) VA Hospital and taught as an adjunct professor for Wright State University College of Medicine. Dr. Lyle-Ippolito joined the AU faculty in the fall of 2000. She received the Nicholson Award for outstanding teaching (awarded by the students) in 2002 and again in 2004.  She is currently completing an MTS at the Anderson University School of Theology.

She maintains an active undergraduate research program in genetics and microbiology, studying gut microflora in mice, anaerobic bacteria and spore formation, and bacterial/fungal alpha-amylase activity.  Her students have presented their work at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference and at the national Alpha Chi Convention.

Dr. Lyle-Ippolito is the author of several best-selling textbooks, including Inquiry into Life, with McGraw-Hill.  She currently serves as science editor for Wiley, Inc. working on microbiology textbooks.  Dr. Lyle-Ippolito is married to Dr. Dan Ippolito, another professor in the biology department, and together they have five children.  She is also a member of the Anderson Symphonic Choir and is the music director at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anderson.

B.S., Wright State University
M.S., Ph.D. The Ohio State University

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Dr. Benjamin McPheron

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

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Dr. Benjamin McPheron

Prior to arriving at Anderson University, Dr. McPheron spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.  Dr. McPheron received his BSEE in Electrical Engineering at Ohio Northern University in 2010, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park in 2014.

Dr. McPheron has experience teaching a variety of engineering courses, including a majority of the courses required for Electrical Engineering majors. At AU he will teach courses in freshman engineering, circuit theory, electronics, control systems, power systems, and mechatronics.  Dr. McPheron’s research interests include applications of control systems, robotics, and engineering education.  He is a member of IEEE, ASME, and ASEE.

He is married to his amazing wife Mallory, and the couple has a daughter: Madeline. He is active serving on the worship team and as a life group leader at Northview Church, Anderson Campus. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, running, disc golf, board games, and making YouTube videos for engineering education.

Dr. McPheron has served at Anderson University since 2018.  Dr. McPheron grew up in the Midwest and is excited to return after a long time away to help the engineering program grow at AU.

Selected Publications

B.D. McPheron, C.R. Thomas, W.J. Palm IV. “Time for Reflection: Development of Twenty Short Videos to Introduce New Topics and Engage Students in Circuit Theory.” Proceedings of the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, June 24-27, 2018.

E.T. Daniels, B.D. McPheron. “A Machine Learning Approach to Classifying Algae Concentrations.” 2017 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference, November 3-5, 2017.

B.D. McPheron, M.Z. McPheron, C.R. Thomas. “Does Performance-Based Assessment in an Introductory Circuits Laboratory Improve Student Learning?” Proceedings of the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, June 25-28, 2017.

B.D. McPheron, Charles V. Thangaraj, Charles R. Thomas. “A Mixed Learning Approach to Integrating Digital Signal Processing Laboratory Exercises into a Non-Lab Junior Year DSP Course.” Advances in Engineering Education, Spring 2017, Vol. 6, Issue 1.

A.J. Bradley, W.C. Caruso, Y. Zheng, C.V. Thangaraj, B.D. McPheron. “Development of Low Cost Device for In-Situ Algae Monitoring.” 2016 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference, November 4-6, 2016.

B.D. McPheron, J.D. Legris, C.P. Flynn, A.J. Bradley, E.T. Daniels. “Development of a Low-Cost Two- Degree of Freedom Spring-Cart System and System Identification Exercises for Dynamic Modeling.” Proceedings of the 2016 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, June 26-29, 2016.

B.D. McPheron, S.M. Gratiano, W.J. Palm IV. “Does Choice of Programming Language Affect Student Understanding of Programming Concepts in a First Year Engineering Course?” 2015 First Year Engineering Experience Conference, August 2-4, 2015.

Contact Dr. McPheron:
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
BSEE in Electrical Engineering, Ohio Northern University
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

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Dr. John P. Millis

Chair, Physical Sciences & Engineering; Professor of Physics

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Dr. John P. Millis

During Dr. Millis's tenure at Anderson University, he has taught a broad range of courses in physics and astronomy and maintains an active research program in very high-energy astrophysics.

He is a member of the VERITAS (Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) Collaboration, which operates an array of four air-Cherenkov gamma ray telescopes located in southern Arizona. The focus of Dr. Millis’s work is to understand how radiation is produced by rapidly rotating neutron stars, and how these objects interact with the surrounding medium.

His research at Anderson University has been supporting by funding from NASA and the Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC), for which her serves as the Affiliate Director. Dr. Millis also oversees the campus observatory, which underwent a significant upgrade in 2012.

In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Millis has spent the last several years writing about physics, astronomy, and space for various media outlets. After spending nearly four years with as their guide to space and astronomy, he left to take a position as the Vice President for Content Development at There, in addition to contributing as a writer, Dr. Millis develops new content initiatives relating to space and astronomy.

His podcast series, Your Universe Today on, was developed in partnership with Covenant Productions at Anderson University. On this program, Dr. Millis interviews leading researchers in astrophysics and space science in an effort to bring cutting edge research to the masses. This work has been met with critical acclaim and has garnered a significant following. Currently, he is working on a documentary film series, chronicling research being conducted at NASA facilities around the country.

Dr. Millis is married to his wonderful wife Melissa, with whom he has two young sons, Noah and Israel. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing the piano and pretending to be good at various sports. He is also an avid fan of college and professional football.

Dr. John Millis has served at Anderson University since 2008.

Contact Dr. Millis:
Chair, Physical Sciences & Engineering
Professor of Physics
B.S. Physics, Purdue University
Ph.D. Physics/Astrophysics, Purdue University

Dr. Richard Pottorf

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Richard Pottorf

After more than 25 years of industrial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Pottorf felt the calling to “pay back” for his education in chemistry.  His experience in Drug Discovery involved medicinal chemistry studies in cardiovascular, CNS, anti-inflammatory and cancer therapeutic areas.  He was involved in the discovery of an antihypertensive drug, Cozaar, and similar compounds.  Additionally, he was involved in the discovery of preclinical compounds to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and as anti-tumor agents.  Dr. Pottorf is a co-author on more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and co-inventor on several issued patents.

Dr. Pottorf and his wife reside in Indianapolis and have three grown sons, Brad, Ryan and Andrew.  They also recently welcomed their first grandchild, Arabella, to their family.

Dr. Pottorf has served at Anderson University since 2015.

B. A. Chemistry, University of Northern Colorado
Ph.D. Biochemistry, Indiana University
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Recent publications:

Wagner, J.; Kline, C. L.; Pottorf, R. S.; Nallaganchu, B. R.; Olson, G. L.; Dicker, D. T.; Allen, J. E.; El-Deiry, W. S.; The angular structure of ONC201, a TRAIL pathway-inducing compound, determines its potent anti-cancer activity. Oncotarget20145, 12728-12737.

Ekins, S.; Pottorf, R.; Reynolds, R. C.; Williams, A. J.; Clark, A. M.; Freundlich, J. S.; Looking back to the future: Predicting in vivo efficacy of small molecules versus Mycobacterium tuberculosis. J. Chem. Inf. Model.; 201454, 1070-1082.

Zhu, J., Pottorf, R. S.; Player, M. R.; Solid-phase synthesis of 4-biaryl-piperidine-4-carboxamides. Tetrahedron Lett200647, 7267-7270.

Pottorf, R. S.; Player, M. R.; Process technologies for purity enhancement of large discovery libraries.  Curr. Opin. Drug Disc. & Develop. 2004, 7, 777-783.

Vergnon, A. L.; Pottorf, R. S.; Winters, M. P.; Player, M. R.; Solid-phase synthesis of a 4-substituted g-lactam library. J. Comb. Chem. 2004, 6, 903-910.

Recent patents:

Stogniew, M.; Allen, J. E.; Pottorf, R. S.; Nallaganchu, B. R.; Olson, G.; 7-benzyl-10-(2-methylbenzyl)-2,6,7,8,9,10-hexahydroimidazo[1,2-A]pyrido[4,-3-D]pyrimidin-5(3H)-one, salts thereof and methods of using the same in combination therapy. US 9,265,765 (Issued Feb. 23, 2016).

Tomczuk, B. E.; Olson, G. L.; Pottorf, R. S.; Wang, J.; Nallaganchu, B. R.; Zhang, Y.; Arginase inhibitors and methods of use thereof. US 8,894,970. (Issued Nov. 25, 2014).

Schuster, V. L.; Chi, Y.; Wasmuth, A. S.; Pottorf, R. S.; Olson, G. L.; Prostaglandin transporter inhibitors and uses thereof.  US 8,952,150. (Issued Feb. 10, 2015).

Brian Schultz

Brian Schultz

Adjunct Professor of Computer Science

Brian Schultz
Brian Schultz

Brian Schultz joined the Department of Computer Science as an adjunct in the fall of 2018. He also works at Genesys as a software engineer in their testing department. In 2016, Brian helped start an on-campus internship program, partnering Genesys and Anderson University. Working out of the Genesys Lab at AU, he has many opportunities to interact with the students and faculty.

Brian specializes in automated testing at Genesys but also enjoys writing dynamic user interfaces and web services. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, being a part of Bethany Christian Church, table tennis, and pickleball.

Senior Software Engineer, Team Lead at Genesys
BA '06, Anderson University - Information Systems
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Dr. Courtney Taylor

Chair, Department of Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics

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Dr. Courtney Taylor

Dr. Taylor was an undergraduate student at Anderson University and returning to join the faculty in the fall of 2011 was very much like coming home. He has taught nearly every course in the undergraduate mathematics curriculum, and especially enjoys teaching Abstract Algebra and Problem Seminar. He serves as chair of the department.

His research interests fall in the areas of algebraic topology and algebra, particularly the unstable modules over the Steenrod algebra, and he is also interested in how mathematics can inform our understanding of the humanities. He has written an open access e-book on abstract algebra, which may be freely downloaded from

Dr. Taylor, along with Dr. Lambright and Dr. Van Groningen, has led Anderson University's Research Experiences in Mathematics, in which a group of students actively work on original research. These students have had opportunities to present their results at other area colleges, as well as at conferences across the country.  He is also an advisor for Mathematics honor society Kappa Mu Epsilon and for the men’s service and social club Dativus. He is active at East Side Church of God, where he and his wife teach the college-age fellowship class.

Dr. Taylor enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and their four children, traveling on epic road trips, and eating barbecue.

Dr. Taylor has served at Anderson University since 2011.

Contact Dr. Taylor:
Decker Hall 334
(765) 641-4410

Professor of Mathematics
Chair, Department of Mathematics
B.A., Anderson University
M.S., Ph. D., Purdue University