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Jeffrey Carvell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of Academic Administration
(317) 955-6504


Dr. Jeffrey Carvell joined Marian University in January 2014. His research and academic interests pertain to the area of nanotechnology, and its application across disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. He is interested specifically in the interactions between ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and ferroelastic materials on the nanoscale, with emphasis placed on the applications of these materials to electronic devices. Dr. Carvell is also interested in research in engineering and physics education and has presented research on multiple topics in this area, with more projects moving forward. While at Marian, Dr. Carvell has taught eleven courses across the physics and engineering programs. He also received the Marian University Advisor of the Year and the E. S. Witchger School of Engineering Award for Service Excellence, both in 2022.


  • Ph.D., Physics, Purdue University
  • M.S., Physics, Purdue University
  • B.S.E.E., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
  • B.S., Physics, Butler University Research

Interests and Expertise

Thermodynamics, Project based learning, Project implementation, Engineering programs, engineering education, STEM education, multiferroic, nanotechnology, nanodevices, nanomaterials, nanofilms, nanoparticles, heterostructures, nanomagnetism, electric hysteresis, magnetic hysteresis.

Selected Papers

  • J. Carvell, “Implementing Project Based System Analysis in Introductory Engineering Thermodynamics” Amer. Soc. Of  Engr. Edu. Minneapolis, MN, 2022.
  • J. Carvell, T. Greene. “Benefits, Drawbacks, and Effects on Retention Rates to a 5 Year, Inclusive, Dual Degree Engineering Program” Amer. Soc. Of  Engr. Edu. Minneapolis, MN, 2022.
  • “Developing A Low-cost Electric Hysteresis Measurement Device and Studying Hysteresis Effects of Thickness in PVDF” J. Carvell, K. Stewart, S. Miller, International Conference on Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics, Monterey, CA. April, 2019.
  • J. Carvell, R. Cheng, P. A. Dowben, and Q. Yang “Induced Magnetoelectric Coupling in Ferroelectric/Ferromagnetic Interfaces” Appl. Phys.  Lett. 103, 072902 (2013).
  • J. Carvell, R. Cheng, and Q. Yang, “Induced magneto-electric coupling at ferroelectric/ferromagnetic interface” J. App. Phys. Proceedings of the 12th Joint MMM-Intermag Conference, 17C715 (2013).

Professional Activities

  • American Society of Engineering Education
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) 
  • American Vacuum Society (AVS)
  • Indiana Microscopy Society
  • Indiana Academy of Science

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