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Dr. Joe Clifton

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. His hobbies include bowling, golf, and Euchre.

Mr. John Goomey

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 electronics, MEMS, and solid state devices.

Away from school John enjoys spending time with his wife Debbie and his nine children Andrew, Talitha, John, Abigail, Ketura, Miriam, Yaqyr, Chara, and Isaac. 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

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. Andrew Pawl

Dr. Andrew Pawl
Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics

Andrew has been teaching at UW-Platteville since 2010. He received his B.S. in physics from UW-Madison and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan. His Ph.D. research focused on the big bang, but more recently he has shifted his professional interest to studying how people can teach and learn physics more effectively. He is a Wisconsin native, growing up in Beaver Dam.  

Dr. Mike Penn

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.

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.

Dr. Mark Meyers, P.E.

Dr. Mark Meyers, P.E.
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mark has been teaching at UW-Platteville since Jan 2000. Mark grew up in Marshfield, WI and is a UW-Platteville Alum (1981). His career goal was to someday teach at UW-Platteville… and here he is! Mark has taught the following course:  Geotechnical Engineering I, Geotechnical Engineering II, Foundation Design, Fluid Mechanics, Introduction to Infrastructure, Senior Design, and Statics. Prior to coming to UW-Platteville, he worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers in the St. Paul District where he worked on teams that designed flood control projects, including the $100 million Rochester, MN Flood Control Project and the $350 million Grand Forks, ND/East Grand Forks, MN Flood Control Project. Mark earned his MS and PhD at the University of Cincinnati. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and works on Geotechnical Engineering consulting projects to maintain his expertise in his field of expertise. Mark has been married to his wife Lynn for nearly 24 years. They have 2 children, Ryan and Sara, and a dog, Sooner, and Mark also has a son Matthew who lives in Charleston, WV. Mark enjoys reading in his free time (John Grisham, Vince Flynn, Henry Petroski, and David McCullough) and his Concept2 rowing erg.

Elizabeth Holden

Elizabeth Holden
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, with Adam Stanley in the history department, on the history of science in Europe. She lives in Madison and has two retired racing greyhounds.

Donna Gavin

Donna Gavin
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Software Engineering

Donna Gavin is a Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science and Software Engineering department at UW-Platteville. She has taught Alice as a full semester course since 2013 to college students. She has also taught Alice as a short 2-day course to middle and high school age Girl Scouts through the Sky’s the Limit program, as well as at the EMS Expo.

Dr. Timothy Zauche

Timothy Zauche, Ph.D., Professor
Chemistry and Sustainable and Renewable Energy Program

Dr. Zauche obtained his PhD studying inorganic reaction mechanisms specifically dealing with oxidation reactions. Zauche has been working with anaerobic digestion since 2002 when he toured his first digester operation. This research has resulted in a patent on a potting mix developed from digested solids as a complete replacement for peat moss. He has also researched using these digested solids as a replacement for saw dust in particle/fiber boards with the Forest Products Lab, USDA. Most recently, he has studied the digestion or lack thereof of certain bio-based plastics. Overlapping with these studies, Zauche has had been part of a number of feasibility studies on community based digesters combining waste streams from farms as well as food processing and food waste diversion industries.

Samir El-Omari

Samir El-Omari, Ph.D., P. Eng.
Assistant Professor in the Department of General Engineering

Dr. Samir El-Omari is an Assistant 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. Austin Polebitski, Ph.D.

Dr. Austin Polebitski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Polebitski is a native Wisconsinite, growing up in Waupaca, Wis. He completed his undergraduate studies in civil and environmental engineering at Seattle University while working for King County’s Solid Waste Division. He completed his master's and doctorate in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington under the guidance of Dr. Richard Palmer. His doctoral research focused on the links between urban residential water use, changing urban landscapes, and climate change. During the last four years he has resided in Amherst Mass., working as a research assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He began teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in January 2013. His research interests include urban and rural water use, water resource system management, the use of forecasting tools in short and long term decision making, and the impacts climate change will have on statewide natural resources. He is an active member of ASCE-EWRI, AWRA, and the International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage.

Dr. John Obielodan

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.

Philip Parker, Ph.D., P.E.

Philip Parker
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Philip Parker holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, all from Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY).  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. He has taught at UW-Platteville for 16 years. His research interests include research on pedagogy (i.e. ways of teaching) and monitoring runoff from agricultural fields. A special project in recent years has been the development of a textbook and new courses on civil infrastructure.

Dr. Parker's hobbies include beekeeping, gardening, cooking, biking, camping, and piano playing.

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