Explore Engineering Summer Program-Instructors
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Dr. Joe Clifton
Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Joe Clifton graduated from UW-Platteville in 1976 with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. He graduated from Iowa State in 1980 with a Ph.D. in Mathematics. He worked as a Software Engineer at Bell Laboratories from 1980 - 1984. From 1984 to the present, he has been a professor at UW-Platteville. In 1999, he helped start the Software Engineering program at UW-Platteville. He is currently the chair of the Computer Science and Software Engineering department. He teaches upper-division courses in Software Engineering. His area of expertise is in real-time embedded systems programming. From 1988 to the present, he has spent some time during summers and breaks doing software engineering work for Esterline Avista (formerly Insight industries) to remain current in the field. He has been married to his wife Alice since 1976 and has three children, Jason, Amy, and Jon, and two grandchildren, Kade and Brock. His hobbies include bowling, golf, and Euchre.
Mr. John Goomey
Department of Electrical Engineering
John Goomey earned his BS degrees in electrical engineering and physics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his MS in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His graduate work focused on the electrical and optical properties of semiconductor materials, along with work on electronic structures and semiconductor device fabrication. Following graduation he worked for two years at Pro-Active Engineering Inc. doing embedded printed circuit board design and testing. He has been an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2000. At UW-Platteville he teaches a variety of introductory courses along with upper-level classes in analog and digital electronics, integrated circuits, and solid state devices.
Away from school John enjoys spending time with his wife Debbie and his ten children Andrew, Talitha, John, Abigail, Ketura, Miriam, Yaqyr, Chara, Isaac, and Kezia. Together they like to visit state parks and historical sites, play a variety of sports, camp, and garden together. His hobbies include bicycling, running, and playing guitar.
Dr. Mazen Hussein
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Mazen Hussein earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He got his MS degree from the University of Jordan-Jordan. He has a BS in Industrial engineering from the Applied Science University-Jordan. Mazen’s research interests include transportation logistics, material handling, freight modeling, operations management, supply chain management, forecasting, quality control and customer satisfaction, statistical analysis, manufacturing processes and systems, CNC machining and PLC systems, material science, genetic algorithms, integer programming, nonlinear programming, discrete-event simulation for stochastic systems. Mazen joined the department in the fall of 2013 and he teaches Facilities Design, Material Handling, Computer Applications in Industrial Engineering, and other topics. He worked as a lecturer in supply chain management at UW-Oshkosh and teaching/project assistant at UW-Milwaukee, and he is still working on several research projects at UW-Milwaukee. Outside of class he likes to travel and enjoys reading, weight lifting, and body building.
Dr. Mike Penn
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Mike has been teaching at UW-Platteville since 1997. Courses include: Environmental Engineering, Groundwater Hydrology, Air & Waste Management, Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment, Fluid Mechanics and Stormwater Management. Students routinely praise his enthusiasm, humor, clear explanation of concepts, and ability to present “the big picture”. His research interests include urban and agricultural runoff impacts on surface water quality, and the planning and maintenance of public works infrastructure. He is lead author of the textbook, Introduction to Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil & Environmental Engineering. Mike got his BS and MS degrees at the University of Michigan, and his PhD in the snowy splendor of the Upper Peninsula at Michigan Tech. Outside of class he spends time with family and friends playing music of all kinds, fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, playing soccer and softball, and restoring native prairies.
Dr. Kurt C. Rolle, P. E.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Kurt obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and M.S. & Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton. His extensive experience include six years in industry, one year in government, over 45 years in engineering education, and over 40 years of consulting and expert witnessing. Dr. Rolle is an accomplished author of several textbooks and personal memoirs. He conducts research in thermal and fluid areas, including solar, geothermal, and wind energy.
Lecturer in Engineering Physics
Liz Holden graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2006 with a M.S. in physics. She has been a lecturer in the Engineering Physics department at UW-Platteville since 2010. In addition to teaching physics, she teaches a general education course called "Women in Science and Engineering." She also co-leads a short term study abroad every summer on the history of science in Europe. She lives in Madison with her husband (Dr. Adam Stanley in the History Department), her step-kids Alissa and Quinn, and two retired racing greyhounds, Evie and Theresa.
Samir El-Omari, Ph.D., P. Eng.
Associate Professor in the Department of General Engineering
Dr. Samir El-Omari is an Associate Professor in the Department of General Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. He’s also member of SRES (sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems) council at the University. Dr. El-Omari obtained his Ph.D.in 2008 from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. He graduated and did his master degree at Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany in 1987. Dr. El-Omari held several industrial positions in construction engineering and management on building projects including hospitals, hotels, power plants, and residential and commercial buildings. His expertise are in the field of cost estimating, cost control, planning and scheduling and he is familiar and worked with related software applications such as Timberline and Primavera. Dr. El-Omari is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario in Canada.
Dr. John Obielodan
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
John Obielodan obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University in 2010, with research emphasis on additive manufacturing. Prior to his PhD program, he worked for many years on tool designs and manufacturing in the automotive industry in Nigeria. His current research interests include process development and characterization for engineering structures fabrication using laser-based additive manufacturing processes, ultrasonic consolidation, fused deposition modeling and electrodeposition processes.
Assistant Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Gretchen received her B.S. and M.S. in Geological Engineering and Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University. She has been teaching at UW-Platteville since 2012. Prior to earning her Ph.D., she worked for several years as an engineering consultant in Madison, WI where she worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from waste management systems to Brownfield sites restoration to alternative energy projects such as wind farms and landfill gas to energy. Gretchen teaches Introduction to Engineering Projects, Geotechnical Engineering I, Foundation Design, Geology for Engineers, Computer Applications, Intro to Environmental Engineering, and Groundwater Hydrology. Gretchen’s research interests are in field of Geoenvironmental Engineering which is a multidisciplinary field representing the intersection of Environmental Engineering, Groundwater Engineering, and Geotechnical Engineering. Her current research projects include investigating the behavior of polymerized bentonite in waste containment applications and managing the groundwater monitoring program at the university’s Pioneer Farm. Gretchen has two little boys who keep her busy when she’s not on campus, Kristof who is one and Augie who is three.
Dr. Yunus Salami
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Salami received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida. His doctoral work involved developing and applying stochastic and innovative deterministic models for inflow prediction in dams and tropical river basins. Some of his past work experience was as a project engineer for the Chinese multinational firm, CITCC, and as a highway engineer for the Israeli consortium, Solel Boneh. His other interests are in applications of remotely-sensed data for water resources management in developing countries lacking in situ measurement gages, surface water pollution prevention, and resolving undefined, competitive water consumption amongst separate water management jurisdictions. At UW-Platteville, Dr. Salami teaches Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, and Engineering Projects. His hobbies include tennis, speed chess, biking, and hiking.
Dino K. Ress
Ph.D, Asst. Professor
Sustainable and Renewable Energy Program
Dr. Ress received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2005 in Organic Chemistry. He went on to complete a postdoctoral scholarship position at he University of Wisconsin-Madison in the laboratory of Professor John Ralph, a globally renowned scholar in the field of plant chemistry and bioenergy research. Dr. Ress joined the SRES program in 2012 and has been instructing courses in Fundamentals of Energy Sources, Bio-renewable Resources, and Renewable Energy Project Design and Management. His research interests include discovering new uses for the abundant plant biopolymer lignin and using tools of spectroscopy and chemical biology to expand the knowledge base in renewable energy. He is passionate about community issues, teamwork, mentoring to program students, and helping people develop and realize their own potential for personal and professional growth opportunities.
Outside of class, Dr. Ress enjoys spending time with his family, swimming and fishing with his daughter, and watching Hawkeye and Bears football in the fall.
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