Joel Krehbiel

Joel Krehbiel
Physics and Engineering Professor
Phone 620-327-8310
Office Charles Hall

Affiliated Departments or Programs


  • B.A., Bethel College, 2006
  • M.S., University of Illinois, 2008
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2015

Research interests:

  • Applied mathematics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Bioenergy


  • Zhou, Y., L.C. Schideman, D.S. Park, A. Stirbet, Govindjee, S.I. Rupassara, J.D. Krehbiel, M.J. Seufferheld. Characterization of a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant strain with improved biomass production under low light and mixotrophic conditions. Algal Research. 11: 134-147, 2015.
  • Krehbiel, J.D., L.C. Schideman, D.A. King, and J.B. Freund. Algal cell disruption using microbubbles to localize ultrasonic energy. Bioresource Technology. 173: 448-451, 2014.
  • Krehbiel, J.D., J. Lambros, J.A. Viator, and N.R. Sottos. Digital image correlation for improved detection of basal cell carcinoma. Experimental Mechanics. 50(6): 813-824, 2010.

Personal Statement

The job of the instructor is not to teach; it is to foster an environment where the students want to learn.

Professional Affiliations

American Physical Society, 2015 to present

Courses Taught

  • PhSc 200 - Principles of Physical Science
  • Phys 203 - College Physics I
  • Phys 204 - College Physics II
  • Phys 213 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
  • Phys 214 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
  • Engr 221 - Statics
  • MaSc 105 - College Algebra

In Addition …

How did you choose to study physics?

As a child I loved putting things together and taking them apart; I designed new toys from my blocks and Legos. I also enjoyed the logical mathematical language and excelled in math and science classes. When it came time to pick a major in college, I leaned towards math and physics because of good professors and the interesting problems we solved.

I also like engineering, which allows me to apply my understanding of math and science to real-world problems. Since math and physics are both about solving problems, my undergraduate degree prepared me well to study engineering in graduate school.

What about teaching energizes you?

I get excited about cool math and physics problems. But I know that not everyone does. My goal is for students to see what is so exciting about these types of problems.

Teaching is also continual learning, and I love learning new information. I get energized when students ask deeper questions about math and physics, even if I don’t have the answer. This means I get to learn something new!

How has your background and educational experience shaped you as a teacher?

I strive to be as open as my undergraduate professors were. At the liberal arts school where I received my bachelor’s degree, my professors always had their doors open. I seek to be as welcoming and engaging with my students as these professors were.

In graduate school, I attended a large university with some wonderful professors as well. These teachers held me to a high standard, and my understanding of engineering grew deeply during these classes. I seek to create an environment with high standards where students can grow.

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