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Patrick McGary

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Department of Engineering
Division of Natural Science
College of Arts and Science



  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Bob Jones University



After completing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with minors in Greek and Mathematics at BJU in 2003, Dr. McGary attended the University of Minnesota. He performed experimental research in fabricating and characterizing magnetic nanowires for acoustic sensing drawing on the fields of magnetics, deformable body mechanics, materials science, and electrochemistry.  He was selected to represent his department in the Honeywell Nobel Initiative poster competition in 2007 and won 2nd place. He also taught the Power Electronics Laboratory course and was nominated Teaching Assistant of the year. After he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Nanoparticle Science and Engineering, he returned to BJU in order to train the next generation of Christian engineers for the expansion of the Kingdom of God. He currently teaches Basic Circuit Analysis I & II, Electromagnetics I & II, Electric Machinery, Materials Engineering, and Design Problems. He has authored 5 articles published in scientific journals and proceedings. He is also a registered Engineer-in-Training with the South Carolina State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Dr. McGary believes that since all students are made in the image of God, each one deserves the help needed to succeed in learning the challenging ideas in engineering. Learning, not grades, is the focus. In lab courses, he believes that students must not be satisfied with confirming and demonstrating theories, but must go further and harness the technologies solve problems people face. At BJU, Dr. McGary has made a number of important contributions to the engineering program.  He assisted redesigning the engineering program to meet ABET requirements. He also has led the redevelopment of the solo senior design class and created two new courses: Introduction to Engineering and Materials Engineering. The Introduction class contributes to retaining students and equipping them for success academically. Materials Engineering explores the relationship between the internal structure of solid materials and their properties and the material processing necessary to get the right combination of properties.

In addition to the technical side of his life, Dr. McGary lives out his faith through his involvement at Mount Calvary Baptist Church where he has taught the 3rd & 4th grade Sunday school class, participates in music ministry, and plays a part in an annual summer Neighborhood Bible School ministry to the communities surrounding the church. In 2012 he fulfilled his desire to earn his Amateur Radio License. He also enjoys cooking gourmet meals at his home and making artisan bread for his wife, three children, and guests.