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Dr. Aaron Coyner
Associate Professor of Physics

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Science is about innovation and inspired thinking. When you study physics, engineering and other STEM subjects, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the world we live in.

At Southwestern, we will help you build a strong foundation in the methods and rigors of all sciences. Our teachers will help you develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They will challenge you to develop professional ethics and curiosity that will take you into exciting science careers to improve our world and communities.


Dr. Aaron Coyner, PHD

“Physics is the science of discovering the workings of the universe. Teaching physics is the art of making the workings of the universe attainable.”

Dr. Aaron Coyner is a solar physicist by trade and the physics faculty at Southwestern. He is an avid amateur astronomer, and a proponent for lifelong science exploration. Dr. Coyner has research experience having spent graduate school at Rice University, and a three-year post-doctoral research term at NASA/Goddard Spaceflight Center. He has teaching experience at the community college and university level in physics, astronomy, meteorology, and engineering.

Dr. Coyner’s goal in teaching is to make science and engineering accessible to everyone. He hopes to instill a sense of wonder and an increased desire for exploration among students of all ages and backgrounds. As a professor, he relies on making tangible connections with students through comparisons to everyday life or familiar references, and strives to create hands-on research and innovation opportunities to drive students to further exploration. These activities include: mentoring students in NASA OSGC SCORE projects in solar physics and other subjects; maintaining the Southwestern Physics Experimental Atmospheric Research (SPEAR) high-altitude balloon group - for students interested in weather and atmospheric science; and serving as a faculty lead for Southwestern’s participation in the statewide Invent Oregon (InventOR) competition.


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