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Name Andrea Mills
School Engineering and Information Technology
  • Mechanical Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Interior Design

Academic and Professional Designations
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2004
  • M.S., University of Illinois, 2000
  • B. Arts Sc., McMaster University, 1998
  • Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) member
  • Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT) member
Title Professor
Courses Taught
  • PHYS71095 Physics – Mechanical for Mechanical Systems Engineering
  • PHYS71020 Physics (Electrical) for Mechanical Systems Engineering
  • PHYS1110 Physics I – Mechanics for Technology Foundations
  • PHYS1120 Physics II for Technology Foundations
  • MATH1085 Math I for Civil Engineering Technology
Areas of Expertise & Interest
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Physics and mathematics education
Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities

Participation in professional development activities, including:

  • OAPT annual conference
  • Workshops on curriculum, technology, accessibility and safety
Major Research Projects, Scholarly Activities, and/or Publications

Embarking (Fall 2016) on scholarly activity:

  • Effect of Mechanics Laboratories on Conceptual Understanding and Problem-solving Skills in Physics -- Mechanical


  • Statistics of the pinning field in a soft metallic ferromagnet (Phys Rev B, 2002)

Use of the one-and-a-half spectrum to determine Barkhausen noise asymmetry (Fluctuation and Noise Letters, 2007)

Additional Information I enjoy the challenge of making physics seem easy and fun.  I experiment in the classroom to increase student engagement and understanding.  Currently, this includes studying the effect of adding integrated and relevant hands-on activities, online live participation during class, new demonstrations, and a pilot project in self-regulated learning.

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