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Engineering

The purpose of the Engineering major is to develop in students the necessary knowledge and analytical skills for  professional engineering practice or for successful graduate studies. The Engineering program is characterized by breadth but permits study in depth, to include attaining a specialization in civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering. The Engineering major also provides for flexibility to address the unknown challenges of the 21st century. In consultation with an academic advisor, students may design a Custom Specialization to prepare for emerging fields not immediately definable with traditional specializations.

Engineers apply the principles of mathematics and the laws of natural science to analyze, design, develop and devise improvements that benefit humanity. The Engineering program consists of a course of study in mathematics, science, and engineering fundamentals during the first two years of study. Students then tailor their program to their own specific needs by selection, with the assistance of their advisor, of appropriate elective courses constituting a specialization. The resulting curriculum is designed to achieve a balance between science and engineering, to provide an understanding of the economic and social implications of engineering activity, and to develop creative talents. This program includes the necessary topics found on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

Charles R. Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Engineering
B.S. University of Rochester, M.S., Ph.D. Boston University
Contact Information
x3259
SE 117
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering

Charles R. Thomas

Charles R.
Thomas
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Engineering
B.S. University of Rochester, M.S., Ph.D. Boston University
Contact Information
x3259
SE 117
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering

Charles Thomas joined the SECCM faculty in Fall of 2005, after completing a year-long postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University whose focus was in the role of bubbles in High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound.  He earned his Ph.D. (2004) and M.S. (2003) degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Boston University as well.  He earned a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Rochester, in 1998.

Dr. Thomas’ thesis work focused on studying the effects of ambient (i.e. gravitational) acceleration on Single Bubble Sonoluminescence.  This work included the exciting opportunity to fly aboard the NASA’s weightless wonder.

While at RWU, his main research activity has been an exciting collaboration with Dr. Dale Leavitt (RWU, Marine Biology), focusing on aquaculture.  They have worked, with a number of students, on an EPA-funded project to convert a fossil fuel-powered fish grow-out facility to a solar-powered facility.

Matthew R. Stein, Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering
B.S. Rutgers College of Engineering, M.S. University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Contact Information
x3489
SE 106
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering

Matthew R. Stein

Matthew R.
Stein
Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering
B.S. Rutgers College of Engineering, M.S. University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Contact Information
x3489
SE 106
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering

Matthew Stein joined the SECCM faculty in Fall of 1999, after teaching five years at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre PA.  He earned his Ph.D. (1994) from the University of Pennsylvania an M.S. (1986)  from the University of California, Berkeley and  B.S. degree in 1985 from Rutgers University, all in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Stein researchers in the field of Robotics, specifically remote control of robotic devices over the internet. He developed the PumaPaint site (1998-2004) that allowed over 200,000 users to paint real pictures over the internet with a robot.

While at RWU, his main research activity has been developing a robotic avatar or remotely attending laboratory courses.  In 2010 Dr. Stein spent a sabbatical at Le Institut de Recherche en Communications et en Cybernétique de Nantes as a visiting professor in the European Master on Advanced Robotics (EMARO) Program.

Linda A. Riley, Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering
B.S. Boston University, M.B.A. Suffolk University, Post Graduate Fellowship Brown University, M.S.I.E., Ph.D. New Mexico State University
Contact Information
x3896
SE 116
Areas of Expertise: 
Engineering

Linda A. Riley

Linda A.
Riley
Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering
B.S. Boston University, M.B.A. Suffolk University, Post Graduate Fellowship Brown University, M.S.I.E., Ph.D. New Mexico State University
Contact Information
x3896
SE 116
Areas of Expertise: 
Engineering
Robert A. Potter, Jr., P.E.
Dean and Professor of Engineering
B.S. United States Military Academy, M.S., Ph.D. University of Colorado
Contact Information
x3314/3498
SE 114
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering

Robert A. Potter

Robert A.
Potter
Jr., P.E.
Dean and Professor of Engineering
B.S. United States Military Academy, M.S., Ph.D. University of Colorado
Contact Information
x3314/3498
SE 114
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering
William J. Palm, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering
B.S. Pennsylvania State University, M.S. University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Contact Information
x3746
SE 109
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering

William J. Palm

William J.
Palm
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering
B.S. Pennsylvania State University, M.S. University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Contact Information
x3746
SE 109
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering
Ram S. Gupta, P.E.
Professor of Engineering
B.E. University of Jabalpur, India, M.E. University of Roorkee, India, Ph.D. Polytechnic University of New York
Contact Information
x3090
SE 104
Areas of Expertise: 
Civil Engineering

Ram S. Gupta

Ram S.
Gupta
P.E.
Professor of Engineering
B.E. University of Jabalpur, India, M.E. University of Roorkee, India, Ph.D. Polytechnic University of New York
Contact Information
x3090
SE 104
Areas of Expertise: 
Civil Engineering
Janet Baldwin, P.E.
Professor of Engineering
B.S. Tufts University, M.S., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Contact Information
x3064
SE 118
Areas of Expertise: 
Civil Engineering

Janet Baldwin

Janet
Baldwin
P.E.
Professor of Engineering
B.S. Tufts University, M.S., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Contact Information
x3064
SE 118
Areas of Expertise: 
Civil Engineering