Lecturer in Physics

Ms. Irene Guerinot has been working at MC since the Spring of 2008. She is teaching Physics and Science for Non-Science Majors. She has over 20 years experience in scientific research and development that involve the physics of micro and nano-mechanical (MEMS/NEMS) systems, micro-mechanical physical and chemical sensors, the physics of electron transport and the development of uncooled MEMS IR detectors. She has over 15 open literature publications and over 20 conference proceedings and presentations.

Professional Distinctions - Awards & Patentsclick or touch to open

•  Key Contributor & Patent Award, UT-Battelle/ORNL, 2007

• TN Technology Development Technopreneurial Award 2000

• R & D 100 Award 1999 - Micromechanical Quantum Detector A miniature high speed photon detection device with applications in infrared medical imaging and environmental monitoring (jointly with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory).

• Patent # 7244959/Detection of Electromagnetic Radiation Using Micromechanical Multiple Quantum Wells Structures.  

• Patent # 5977544/Uncooled Infrared Photon Detector.

• Patent # 6444972/Apparatus and Method for Detecting Electromagnetic Radiation.

Courses Taught at Maryville Collegeclick or touch to open

• College Physics (PHY101/PHY102)

• General Physics (PHY201/202)

• Nuclear Physics (PHY349)

• Analytical Mechanics (PHY 301) 

• Principles of Scientific Investigation (SCI150)

Maryville College Study Abroad Course Explores Ancient and Modern Greece (2019)

 Physics Outreach Project - Total Solar Eclipse (2017)

Amusement Park Physics Grant (2015)


Department of Education Grant/Student Work/Summer 2011click or touch to open

Arielle NivensMarley Kalis, and Travis Wilson are spending the summer at Maryville College, where they are assisting Irene Guerinot with the development of laboratory exercises and class demonstrations for introductory algebra-based physics courses.

As has been excessively discussed by the American Association of Physics Teachers, undergraduate physics programs are under increased pressure from university and college administrations, industry and funding agencies to better educate and train students at all levels; the expectations for offered programs have changed over the years, and evidence is mounting that the offered courses need serious revitalization.

The objectives of the work performed by the above mentioned students this summer are a) the development of exercises that teach physics via real-life examples and outdoor activities, b) the clarification of abstract concepts in a concrete manner, and c) the implementation of the scientific process through hands-on learning. This invaluable experiential science program will further enhance our student’s experience into the scientific world by giving them the opportunity to present their work in a national scientific conference.

The work is supported by the MC Undergraduate Science Education and Research Institute (MC USERI) funded by the Department of Education (DOEd). The grant was initiated by Dr. Ben Cash and is presently headed by Dr. Jerilyn Swann.