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Keith Stein

Job Title

  • Professor of Physics
    Physics & Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel College - B.A., 1987
  • University of Minnesota - M.S., 1989
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D., 1999

Research interests

Research interests include student-faculty studies of supersonic flows and shock waves and Dr. Stein currently is the principal investigator on a $143,557 NSF grant for creating interactive videos on these phenomena.


Dr. Stein is a graduate of the Bethel Physics department. After receiving his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Minnesota, he accepted a position at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts where his research focused on computational modeling of parachute fluid-structure interactions. As an Army researcher, he was awarded the Department of the Army Research and Development Award and received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Stein has been involved in research in the area of computational modeling of parachutes and large displacement fluid-structure interaction and has collaborated with the Team for Advanced Flow Simulation and Modeling (T*AFSM) at Rice University.  He has also collaborated with the University of Minnesota Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics on simulations of Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) parachute system dynamics. Dr. Stein has served on the advisory board of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids and has received the Bethel Excellence in Scholarship Award.