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Dr. Jason Wyenberg

Assistant Professor of Physics and Engineering

I graduated from Dordt College in December 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Electrical Emphasis.

From 2007 to 2016 I was employed at Interstates Engineering, where I performed power engineering analysis and design as well as project/construction management roles for projects across the United States and Internationally. I received my Professional Engineering Licensure in 2011 and I am currently licensed in Iowa; I have previously held licenses in Virginia and Puerto Rico.

In 2016 I began a PhD program at the University of South Dakota, and successfully defended my dissertation entitled "Beyond Standard Model Interaction Portals of Neutrinos and Dark Matter Particle Candidates - Theoretical Motivation, Excluded Parameter Space, and Signal Interpretation" in August of 2020. My research interests include theoretical motivations for Dark Matter particle candidates, of which I have published several peer-reviewed papers and presented results at conferences. In 2018 I had the privilege to attend the PIRE-GEMADARC annual collaboration meeting in Xichang, China and summer school in Chengdu, China to discuss next generation high-purified Germanium Detector development for rare-event detection. I enjoy having Dordt University students assist with my research during the summer break through research and scholarship grants and throughout the school year through independent studies. I have a passion for relaying my excitement about the Physical world to wider audiences of scientific and non-scientific minds alike.

My wife, Danielle, and our three children (Charlie, Lily, and Thea who as of January 2022 are 8, 6, and 3) live in Sioux Center and enjoy the active community that surrounds Dordt University.


Ian M. Shoemaker, Yu-Dai Tsai, and Jason Wyenberg. “An Active-to-Sterile Neutrino Transition Dipole Moment and the XENON1T Excess.” 2021. Physical Review D. 104, 115026.

Nicholas Hurtado, Hana Mir, Ian M. Shoemaker, Eli Welch, and Jason Wyenberg. “Dark matter-neutrino interconversion at COHERENT, direct detection, and the early Universe.” 2020. Physical Review D. 102, 015006.

Jason Wyenberg and Ian M. Shoemaker. “Direct detection experiments at the neutrino dipole portal frontier.” 2019. Physical Review D. 99, 075010.

Jason Wyenberg and Ian M. Shoemaker. “Mapping the neutrino floor for direct detection experiments based on dark matter-electron scattering.” 2018. Physical Review D. 97, 115026.