Explore Engineering Summer Program-Instructors
Explore Engineering summer program - Instructors
Jaclyn Esqueda, M.Ed.
Special Programs Manager, Student Success Programs
Program Director, Explore Engineering Summer Program
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
Jaclyn received her Master of Education degree in Counselor Education-Higher Education Student Services from Georgia Southern University. She has been at UW-Platteville in the Engineering, Mathematics and Science Student Success Programs department since 2013. Jaclyn is strongly committed to helping all students find a meaningful and life-changing educational experience in an inclusive campus environment. In her spare time, she enjoys taking road trips, going to classic rock concerts, attending theatrical performances, and watching sci-fi and superhero movies.
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.
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.
Lecturer in Engineering Physics
Liz Holden graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2006 with an 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, with her husband, history professor Adam Stanley. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her three retired racing greyhounds and playing roller derby.
Dr. Mazen Hussein
Department of Mechanical and 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. Sam Owusu-Ababio
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Sam Owusu-Ababio is a Professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department where he has been teaching Transportation Engineering courses for the past 24 years. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Science & Technology in Ghana and his Masters & Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin and holds memberships in the American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and Engineers without Borders. He currently serves on the Rigid Pavement Technical Oversight Committee of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and is an active researcher on highway pavement design, management, and performance issues.
Dr. Owusu-Ababio also serves as the advisor to the student chapter of Engineers without Borders at UW-Platteville. He has for every summer since 2008, led the UW-Platteville chapter to travel to Ghana, West Africa, to partner with underprivileged communities in the implementation of small scale infrastructure projects designed to improve the quality of life for the community partners.
Dr. Owusu-Ababio resides in Platteville. He has has three sons and a daughter. Two of his sons graduated from UW-Platteville, and the other son is a junior also at UW-Platteville majoring in electrical engineering. His daughter is a sophomore in high school. In his spare time, Dr. Owusu-Ababio likes to play the game of ping pong or enjoy music.
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. Danny X. Xiao, P.E.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Xiao received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas in August 2012. Before joining UW-Platteville in 2015, he was a Research Associate at Louisiana Transportation Research Center and Engineer Intern at Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Dr. Xiao currently teaches Construction Materials, Pavement Design and Analysis, and Introduction to Engineering Projects. Dr. Xiao’s research interests include pavement materials, pavement design, infrastructure asset management, and traffic data collection and analysis. His current research project is to evaluate the effects of deicers on concrete durability. Dr. Xiao is also serving as a young member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Flexible Pavement Design Committee (AFD60) and Statistical Methods Committee (ABJ80). Dr. Xiao is a licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana. Outside of class and research, he enjoys running, camping, playing guitar, and spending time with family.
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