Bodie attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and received a BS and MS (in 1996 and 1998 respectively) there in mechanical engineering. His specialty was a subset of mechanical engineering based in advanced materials processing, particularly starting powders.
He conducted research for his master’s degree through a grant from Lockheed Martin and developed a New Method of Production of Submicron Titanium Diboride. The new process was able to make titanium diboride cheaper, faster and with higher quality. This technology is essential for some nanotechnologies.
Bodie published two peer-reviewed articles (with his advisor) on the subjects:
“New Method for Synthesis of Metal Carbides, Nitrides, and
Carbonitrides”; R. Koc, C. Meng, and D. B. Hodge; Annual Progress Report Advanced Industrial Materials Program; 1998
“Production of TiB2 from a Precursor Containing Carbon Coated TiO2 and B4C”, R. Koc and D. B. Hodge; Journal of Materials Science Letters; 1999
During his years at SIUC (a secular college), he continued his personal study of biblical apologetics, and even began teaching this topic to a junior high Sunday school class. While at SIUC, he was the president of one of the few Christian RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) called Christians Unlimited, and was also an officer in the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
After earning his master’s degree, Bodie worked as a mechanical engineer for Grain Systems Incorporated before being invited to apply for a position at SIUC as a visiting instructor. He accepted the SIUC job and started in the fall semester of 1998. He was only 24 years old when he began teaching undergraduate engineering courses at the university.
After working for SIUC for a couple of years, Bodie accepted a position as a test engineer through Aerotek Engineering to work for Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois at the Peoria Proving Ground.
While working at Caterpillar, he taught apologetics to junior high and high school students. He did this until accepting a position with Answers in Genesis in 2003.
Currently, Bodie is a speaker, writer, and researcher in AiGs Outreach Department.
Bodie was saved when he was nine. As a youngster, he was active in baseball, football and basketball. His hobbies also included hunting and fishing, which are almost unavoidable pursuits while growing up on a farm in Western Illinois.
He was his high school’s class president, and was a member of the National Honor Society and JETS (Junior Engineering and Technology Society).
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