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Faculty

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


Brian Roth

Dean, Professor of Engineering

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

Education

  • PhD Stanford University, 2008
  • MSE Purdue University, 2003
  • BSE Walla Walla College, 2001 

Teaching Areas

Aircraft design, optimization, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and more

Experience

  • School of Engineering, Walla Walla University, 2006, 2008-Present
  • NASA and The Boeing Company - research contracts
  • Consulting on small UAV design and development
  • Engineers Without Borders - managing engineering projects in Honduras, Peru and India

Hobbies

Aircraft design, backpacking, cello, cycling, family, racquetball and reading

Other

Professional Associations

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA)

Room

Chan Shun Pavilion 268

Larry Aamodt

Associate Dean, Professor of Engineering

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

Education

  • PhD Washington State University, 1999
  • MSEE Washington State University, 1990 

Teaching Areas
Digital logic, embedded system design, digital design, VLSI design, analog system design, computer architecture and instrumentation 

Experience

  • School of Engineering, Walla Walla College, 1987, 1989-Present
  • Biomedical Engineering, Loma Linda University Medical Center, six years

Reasearch/Interests

  • Active research in medical instrumentation: Tissue Water Monitoring

Hobbies
Audio, acoustics and time domain relectometry  

Other

Professional Associations

  • Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Audio Engineering Society (AES)

Room

Administration Building 331 

Dr. Aamodt's website >

Bryce Cole

Professor of Engineering

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

Education

  • PhD Notre Dame, 1996
  • MSCE Massachusetts/Amherst, 1989
  • BSE/BA Walla Walla College, 1987  

Teaching Areas
Hydrology, soil mechanics, transportation and finite elements

Experience

  • School of Engineering, Walla Walla College, 1995-Present  
  • Ground water flow modeling, hydrogeology
  • Consulting work, grade school and high school
  • Science outreach 

Hobbies
Foreign languages, travel, hiking and skiing  

Other

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)

Room

Chan Shun Pavilion 272

Rob Frohne

Professor of Engineering

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

Education

  • PhD Purdue University, 1988 
  • MSEE Purdue University, 1985
  • BSE Walla Walla College,1983 

Teaching Areas

Circuit analysis, signals and systems, electronics, instrumentation, electromagnetic propagation and radiation and communication systems 

Experience

  • School of Engineering, Walla Walla College, 1988-Present 

Hobbies
Amateur Radio

Other

Room

Chan Shun Pavilion 261

Dr. Frohne's website > 

Michael Jensen

Program Coordinator/STEM Recruiter

(509) 527-2080
Michael.Jensen@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • BSE Walla Walla University, 2018; mechanical concentration

Hobbies
Downhill skiing, SCUBA diving, hiking, powered paragliding, traveling, reading, writing, journalism and classical music

Other

Room

Chan Shun Pavilion 270

Qin Ma

Professor of Engineering

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

Education

  • PhD Carnegie Mellon University, 2004
  • MS Florida International University, 1999
  • MS Chongqing University, 1994
  • BS Chongqing University, 1987 

Teaching Areas
Finite element methods, engineering mechanics, engineering materials and materials and processes in manufacturing 

Experience

  • EFC School of Engineering, Walla Walla University, 2004-Present
  • Heat Power Engineering Department, Chongqing University, 1994-1996  
  • 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 and outdoor activities  

Other

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

Room

Chan Shun Pavilion 267

Renee Mackin

Administrative Assistant

(509) 527-2767
Renee.Mackin@wallawalla.edu

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.

Other

Room

Chan Shun Pavilion 266 2nd Floor Office Suite

Curt Nelson

Professor of Engineering

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

Education

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

Teaching Areas
Engineering mechanics, digital design, digital logic, VLSI design, embedded system design, linear network analysis and circuit analysis

Experience

  • School of Engineering, Walla Walla University,1983, 1988-Present 
  • MSI Data Corp
  • Bonneville Power Association WWC
  • Fluke Corp.
  • Commercial Fishing

Hobbies
Mountain climbing and triathlon 

Other

Professional Associations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Room

Chan Shun Pavilion 263

Dr. Nelson's website >

Delvin Peterson

Professor of Engineering

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

Education

  • PhD Oregon State University, 2012
  • MSME Oregon State University, 2004
  • BSE Walla Walla College, 2001 

Teaching Areas
Intro to engineering, engineering mechanics, engineering economy, writing for engineers and instrumentation

Experience

  • School of Engineering, Walla Walla College, 2004-Present 
  • Bechtel, Richland, WA 

Hobbies
Music, RVing and woodworking 

Other

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Room

Chan Shun Pavilion 266

Melodie Selby

Professor of Engineering

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

Education

  • MSCE Washington State University, 1994
  • BSE Walla Walla College, 1986

Teaching Areas
Collection and distribution system, design treatment, plant design, transportation engineering, environmental stewardship, environmental engineering systems, environmental principles and writing for engineers

Experience

  • School of Engineering, Walla Walla University, 2009-Present
  • Six years consulting civil and environmental engineering
  • 
Seventeen years Washington State Department of Ecology, Nuclear Waste Program and Water Quality Program

Hobbies
Cooking, tatting, reading and raising children

Other

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Engineering Educators
  • Engineers Without Borders

Room

Chan Shun Pavilion 257

Ralph Stirling

Instrument Engineer

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

Education

  • MSEE Purdue, 1985
  • BSE Walla Walla College, 1981

Teaching Areas
Manufacturing, communication systems, instrumentation, digital design and senior project ideas

Experience

  • School of Engineering, Walla Walla University,1988-Present 
  • Calera Recognition Systems (Software Engineer)
  • Palantir Corp (Software Engineer)
  • Coopervision Surgical Imaging (Consultant)

Hobbies
Ham Radio and woodworking 

Other

Professional Associations

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

Room

Chan Shun Pavilion 262

Louie Yaw

Professor of Engineering

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

Education

  • PhD UC Davis, 2008
  • MS UC Davis, 1996
  • BSE Walla Walla College, 1992

Teaching Areas
Structural design, steel design, statics, structural analysis, writing for engineers, intro to engineering, mechanics of materials 

Experience

  • School of Engineering, Walla Walla University, 1992-1993, 2000-2005, 2008-Present 
  • Structural Engineering Practice for seven years
  • Licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in CA and WA

Hobbies
Oil painting, volleyball, tennis, reading and writing 

Other

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAC)

Room

Chan Shun Pavilion 259

Dr. Yaw’s website >

Last update on November 15, 2018