- BS, Eastern Nazarene College, 1992
- PhD, University of Maryland, 1998
Location: Greathouse Science Building
As a post-doctoral researcher and research scientist, Dr. Fred Cawthorne worked with the experimental non-linear dynamics group at the University of Maryland to model the earth's outer core using a mechanically driven flow or liquid sodium. Cawthorne then joined Neocera, Inc., where he served as the director of engineering and product development for six years. At Neocera, he played key roles in the development of pulsed-laser deposition systems, a low-k dielectric metrology system and a scanning SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) microscope, which is used by semiconductor manufacturers to locate defects in devices such as computer processors. Cawthorne joined the faculty of Trevecca in 2006 and has served as the chair of the Department of Science, Engineering and Mathematics since 2011. He has enjoyed updating and expanding the physics and pre-engineering programs at Trevecca, adding new courses and modernizing courses such as Digital Electronics and Computer Technology for the Sciences.