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Contact info and brief biography
of our Edward F. Cross School of Engineering faculty.


Doug Logan, Dean

Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2765
Douglas.Logan@wallawalla.edu
CSP 256

Larry Aamodt

Associate Dean,
Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2058
Larry.Aamodt@wallawalla.edu
ADM 331

Degrees: 
PhD; Stanford University; 1985
MS; Stanford University; 1976
BSE; Walla Walla College; 1974 

Professional Work Experience:

  • Vice President, Power Costs, Inc., Norman, OK [2002-2008]
  • Principal, Platts Research & Consulting / RDI Consulting (and predecessors), Boulder, CO [1995-2002]
  • Manager, Utility Planning and Analysis, Hagler Bailly Consulting, Boulder, CO [1991-1995]
  • Senior Engineer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Francisco, CA [1980-1991]

Hobbies:
Mountain activities, gardening 

Professional Associations:
American Economic Association (AEA),
Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS),
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 
International Association for Energy Economists (IAEE)

Licenses and Awards:

  • Professional Engineer, California and Colorado
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. 

Selected Publications:

“How Operating Constraints Impact the Value of Combined-Cycle Plants.” Combined Cycle Journal, Q1 2004. [with Jason Kram and Nish Dagli].

“Cost-Benefit Analysis of Power System Reliability: Two Utility Case Studies." IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 10, No. 3, August 1995 [with E. Neudorf, et al.].

“Integrated Resource Planning with Renewable Resources.” The Electricity Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, March 1995 [with C. Neil, A. Taylor, and P. Lilienthal].

Degrees: 
PhD; Washington State University; 1999
MSEE; Washington State University; 1990 

Teaching History:
School of Engineering, Walla Walla College
  1983-1987, 1989-Present

Classes Taught:
Digital Logic, Embedded System Design, 
Digital Design, VLSI Design, Analog System
Design, Computer Architecture, Instrumentation 

Other Professional Work Experience:
6 Years BioMedical Engineering at Loma Linda
  University Medical Center 

Hobbies:
Audio, Acoustics, Time Domain Relectometry, 
Active Research in Medical Instrumentation: 
  Tissue Water Monitoring 

Professional Associations:
Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE),Audio Engineering Society (AES

Bryce Cole

Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2295
Bryce.Cole@wallawalla.edu
CSP 272

Rob Frohne

Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2075
Rob.Frohne@wallawalla.edu
CSP 261

Degrees:
PhD; Notre Dame; 1996
MSCE; Massachusetts/Amherst; 1989
BSE/BA; Walla Walla College; 1987  

Teaching History:
School of Engineering; Walla Walla College, 
  1995-Present  

Classes Taught:
Hydrology, Soil Mechanics, Transportation, 
Finite Elements 

Other Professional Work Experience:
Ground Water Flow Modeling, Hydrogeology
Consulting Work, Grade School & High School
Science Outreach 

Hobbies:
Foreign Languages, Travel, Hiking & Skiing  

Professional Associations:
National Ground Water Association (NGWA), 
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE),
American Geophysical Union (AGU), 
International Association of Hydrologic Science
(IAHS), American Society of Engineering
Education (ASEE)

Professor Frohne’s personal website >

Degrees:
PhD; Purdue University, 1988 
MSEE; Purdue University, 1985
BSE; Walla Walla College,1983 

Teaching History: 
School of Engineering, Walla Walla College, 
  1988-Present 

Classes Taught:
Circuit Analysis, Signals & Systems, Electronics, 
Instrumentation, Electromagnetic Propagation
and Radiation, Communications Systems 

Hobbies:
Amateur Radio

Qin Ma

Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2537
Qin.Ma@wallawalla.edu
CSP 267

Renee Mackin

Administrative Assistant

(509) 527-2767
Renee.Mackin@wallawalla.edu
CSP 266 2nd Floor Office Suite

Degrees:
PhD; Carnegie Mellon University; 2004
MS; Florida International University; 1999
MS; Chongqing University; 1994
BS; Chongqing University; 1987 

Teaching History:
EFC School of Engineering, Walla Walla University, 2004-Present
Heat Power Engineering Department, Chongqing University, 1994 – 1996  

Classes Taught:
Finite Element Methods, Engineering Mechanics, Engineering Materials, Materials and Processes in Manufacturing 

Other Professional Work Experience:
Research Institute of Industrial Boilers, Nanjing, P.R.China;
Post-doctoral Researcher at Carnegie Mellon University;
Research Assistant at Carnegie Mellon University;
Research Assistant at Florida International University 

Hobbies:
ping-pong, swimming, music, outdoor activities  

Professional Associations:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); 
The American Ceramic Society (ACerS); 
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) 

Honors:
Tau Beta Pi - the Engineering Honor Society, 2004; Liang Jidian (Hong Kong Bank) Fellowship, 2003; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1999.

Renee is a true lifesaver for engineering students at Walla Walla University. She can help them find people, pickup their homework or find their next class. The faculty also rely on her skill in managing photocopying, preparing reports and curriculum guide sheets, retrieving senior project documents, and a host of other essential tasks.

Curt Nelson

Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2076
Curt.Nelson@wallawalla.edu
CSP 263

Delvin Peterson

Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2079
Delvin.Peterson@wallawalla.edu
CSP 266

Degrees:
PhD: University of Utah, 2004
MSEE: Washington State University,1986
BSE: Walla Walla College, 1978 

Teaching History:
School of Engineering, Walla Walla University,
  1982-83, 1988-Present 

Classes Taught:
Engineering Mechanics, Digital Design, 
Digital Logic, VLSI Design, Embedded System 
Design, Linear Network Analysis, Circuit Analysis

Other Professional Work Experience:
MSI Data Corp, Bonneville Power Association,
WWC, Fluke Corp., Commercial Fishing

Hobbies:
Mountain Climbing, Triathlon 

Professional Associations:
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Degrees:   
PhD; Oregon State University, 2012
MSME; Oregon State University, 2004
BSE; Walla Walla College, 2001 

Teaching History:
School of Engineering, Walla Walla College,
  2004 - Present 

Classes Taught:
Intro to Engineering, Engineering Mechanics,
Engineering Economy, Writing for Engineers,
Instrumentation 

Other Professional Work Experience:
Bechtel, Richland, WA 

Hobbies:
Music, RVing, Woodworking 

Professional Associations:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  (ASME)

Don Riley

Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2073
Don.Riley@wallawalla.edu
CSP 258

Brian Roth

Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2341
Brian.Roth@wallawalla.edu
CSP 268

Degrees:
MSME; Washington State University, 1986
BSE; Walla Walla College, 1985 

Teaching History:
School of Engineering, Walla Walla College, 
  1991 - Present 

Classes Taught:
Machine Design, Robotics, Vibrations, Kinematics,
CAD, Advanced CAD, Intro to Engineering, ME
Systems Lab 

Other Professional Work Experience:
Sandia National Labs, Livermore, CA, 
Westinghouse Hanford Company, H&R
Technical Associates, Waste Management
Federal Services, Duratek Federal Services,
Sunkist Research & Development 

Hobbies:
Outdoors, Computers, Travel, Family 

Professional Associations:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  (ASME)

Degrees: 
PhD; Stanford University; 2008
MSE; Purdue University; 2003
BSE; Walla Walla College; 2001 

Teaching History:
School of Engineering, Walla Walla College, 2006
Education Program for Gifted Youth, Stanford University, 2007

Classes Taught:
Aircraft Design, Structural Analysis 

Other Professional Work Experience:
Lawrence-Nye-Becker, Engineering Intern, Summer, 1998
The Boeing Company, Engineering Intern, Summer, 2001
NASA-funded research at Purdue University, 2001-2003 
National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellow, 2003-2006 
Boeing-funded research at Stanford University, 2006-2008 

Hobbies:
Aircraft design, Backpacking, Cello, Cycling, Family, Reading: history, current events, investments; Small group Bible studies 

Professional Associations:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Melodie Selby

Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2747
Melodie.Selby@wallawalla.edu
CSP 257

Ralph Stirling

Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2071
Ralph.Stirling@wallawalla.edu
CSP 262

Degrees:
MSCE; Washington State University, 1994
BSE; Walla Walla College, 1986

Teaching History:
School of Engineering. Walla Walla University 2009- Present

Classes Taught:
Collection and Distribution System, Design treatment, Plant Design, Transportation Engineering, Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Engineering Systems, Environmental Principles, and Writing for Engineers.

Other Professional Work Experience:
6 years consulting civil and environmental engineering, 
17 years Washington State Department of Ecology, Nuclear Waste Program and Water Quality Program.

Hobbies:
Cooking, tatting, reading, and raising children.

Professional Associations:
American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Engineering Educators, and Engineers Without Borders.

Degrees:
MSEE, Purdue, 1985
BSE, Walla Walla College, 1981 

Teaching History:
School of Engineering, Walla Walla University,
  1988 - Present 

Classes Taught:
Manufacturing, Communications Systems,
Instrumentation, Digital Design, Senior Project Ideas

Other Professional Work Experience:
Calera Recognition Systems (Software Engineer),
Palantir Corp (Software Engineer), 
Coopervision Surgical Imaging (Consultant) 

Hobbies:
Ham Radio, Woodworking 

Professional Associations:
Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

Louie Yaw

Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2081
Louie.Yaw@wallawalla.edu
CSP 259

Professor Yaw’s personal website >

Degrees:
PhD, UC Davis, 2008
MS, UC Davis, 1996
BSE, Walla Walla College, 1992

Teaching History:
School of Engineering, Walla Walla University, 1992 - 1993, 2000 - 2005, 2008 - Present 

Classes Taught:
Structural Design, Steel Design, Statics, Structural Analysis, Writing for Engineers, Intro to Engineering, Mechanics of Materials 

Other Professional Work Experience:
Structural Engineering Practice for 7 years,
Licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in CA and WA 

Hobbies:
Oil Painting, Volleyball, Tennis, Reading, Writing 

Professional Associations:
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE),
Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAC)

Last update on October 10, 2017