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Joel TerMaat
Joel TerMaat BS, PHD
Assistant Professor
Engineering and Physics
College of Arts and Sciences



B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004

Ph.D. in Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2011

Areas of Interest:

    Courses Taught at Doane:
Introductory Physics I & II, General Physics I & II, Engineering Statics, Engineering Thermodynamics,  Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Design and Analysis of Energy Systems, Foundations of Environmental Engineering, Engineering Measurements & Experimentation, Responsible Engineering Practice, Senior Engineering Design I with Engineering Project Management, Senior Engineering Design II, Senior Seminar. 


  Research Interests:              


My research interests lie at the intersection of fundamental science and applied engineering—research rooted in physics, chemistry, and biology that can be transformed into real-world solutions. I have R&D experience within academia and industry, as well as several start-ups focusing on technology commercialization.  


Some examples of my projects are:

  • PCR thermocycler instrument and kits for rapid DNA analysis 
  • Thermal modulation hardware for gas chromatography
  • Adjuvant technology for increased nutrient uptake in crops
  • Fluidized Bed Reactor for bioremediation of water (senior design)
  • Solar-powered aeration system for improving lake water quality (senior design)
  • Geothermal Heat Pump for campus dorm (senior design)