Department Chairs

Pradeep K. Agrawal

  • Department Chair, Chemical Engineering
  • Professor, Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Kinetics and reaction engineering
  • Pyrolysis and gasification of biomass, MSW, coal and blends

Glen E. Archer

  • Interim Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Principal Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Image processing
  • Undergraduate EE labs
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Electronic warfare
  • Information operations

John L. Irwin

  • Professor and Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Director, Research and Innovation in STEAM Education Institute (RISE)

Research Interests

  • Problem-based learning methods applied in the areas of CAD/CAM
  • Static and dynamic model simulation
  • Product and manufacturing work cell verification

Teaching Interests

  • Parametric Modeling
  • Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Product Design and Development
  • CAE and FEA Methods
  • Computer-aided Manufacturing
  • Senior Design

Sean J. Kirkpatrick

  • Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Biomedical optics
  • Lasers and other light sources for biology and medicine
  • Non-contact measurement of tissue mechanics and fluid flows
  • Coherent imaging

Walter W. Milligan

  • Professor and Chair, Materials Science and Engineering

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Audra Morse, PE, BCEE, F.ASCE

  • Department, Chair, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Built World Enterprise

Links of Interest  

Built World Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Water reclamation systems and Fate of personal products in treatment systems

William W. Predebon

  • J.S. Endowed Department Chair in Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Ceramics
  • Impact Phenomena
  • Wave Propagation
  • Computer Simulation of Explosive - Metal Systems

Research Interests

  • Mechanical behavior
  • Characterization and processing of ceramics
  • Shock deformation including microstructural effects and dynamic fracture of metals and ceramics
  • Impact phenomena
  • Computer simulation of wave phenomena
  • Explosive-metal interaction and fragmentation

Mary Raber

  • Chair and Professor of Practice, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Director, Tech Forward 21st Century Education Initiative
  • Co-director, Husky Innovate

Areas of Expertise

  • Design Thinking
  • Strategic Doing
  • Lean Start-up/Entrepreneurship
  • Educational Innovation

Research Interests

  • College to Work Transition
  • Educational Innovation
  • Engineering Identity Formation

Aleksey Smirnov

  • Chair, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Department of Physics

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • The long-term evolution of the Earth's magnetic field (especially in relation to the geodynamo mechanisms and the early history of the field) and its geological and geodynamical implications
  • Geodynamics and global plate tectonics (eg., large igneous province formation and true polar wander)
  • Magnetism of rocks, minerals, and synthetic materials
  • Environmental magnetism (eg., biomineralization and the relationships between physical, chemical and magnetic properties of minerals)
  • Development of new techniques and instruments for paleomagnetic and rock magnetic research