Hello, welcome to Jon E’s website! I teach a bunch of outstanding, curious, and enthusiastic W&L students. Actually, I learn a lot from them! My lab (the “Colon Crew”) performs research at the intersection of physics, medicine, and biology. We make new biomedical tools to non-invasively study gastrointestinal motility patterns. I serve as faculty adviser for the W&L Engineering Community Development club. We work with local and international partners developing small civil infrastructure projects (water filters, small bridges). For a quick summary of my professional life, here is my CV. For fun, I love to play outside: hiking, trail running, biking, climbing, and trying to keep up with two energetic kiddos.
So, how did I end up becoming a professor at W&L? I have always loved math and science, and I still love learning new things. But my academic path was sinuous. I switched undergraduate majors once, and PhD tracks twice. In retrospect, the recipe was pretty simple: I found topics and projects that really ignited my curiosity and passion to apply science for the public good, took a chance on them, and have worked hard chipping away at them. Moral of the story: I don’t think anyone really needs a long-term plan. Find what you love, and invest yourself in it and build community doing so.