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All Engineering Faculty and Staff

  • Mohammad Ahmad, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems

    304.929.1614

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323P

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Susan M. Barton, Ph.D.

    Professor, Mathematics Department

    304.929.1610

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323L

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Bernhard Bettig, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering Department

    304.929.1660

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 305E

    Faculty Website
  • Deborah K Beutler, Ph.D.

    Professor, Biology Department

    304.929.1225

    Office: Life Sciences Building, Room 307B

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Rachel Brown

    Academic Lab Manager II

    304.929.1663

    Office: Learning Resource Center 319A

  • Thang Bui, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems

    304.929.1616

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323R

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Deborah Chun, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor and Chair, Mathematics Department

    304.929.1248

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323J

    Website

  • William Church, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department

    304.929.1654

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 305C

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Melissa Craddock

    Accounting Assistant II

    304.929.1350

    Office: Monday and Wednesday – Physical Sciences Building, Room 302 Tuesday and Thursday – Life Sciences Building, Room 119 Friday (AM) – Physical Sciences Building, Room 302 Friday (PM) – Life Sciences Building, Room 119

  • Asadollah Davari, Ph.D.

    Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

    304.929.1636

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300M

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Brian Dickman, Ph.D., P.E.

    Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department

    304.929.1638

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300

    Dr. Dickman has over 27 years of private consulting and academic experience in water resources engineering and ecology. Before accepting a position with WVU Tech, he worked for several consulting firms in Kentucky and Georgia performing field surveys for jurisdictional wetlands, protected species and habitat studies. He also performed floodplain analysis using HEC-RAS and hydraulic analyses for wastewater treatment plants in Kentucky and bridge replacement projects in Georgia.

    During his tenure at WVU Tech, Dr. Dickman has taught several classes including Hydraulic Engineering, Engineering Hydrology and sessions for FE review. Dr. Dickman is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Georgia and West Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008.

  • Hasan El-Rifai, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor and Chair, Physical Sciences Department

    304.929.1355

    Office: Physical Sciences Building, Room 302A

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Tarek Farhat, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    304.929.1356

    Office: Physical Sciences Building, Room 210C

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Lisa Ferrara, Ph.D.

    Professor and Chair, Biology Department

    304.929.1351

    Office: Life Sciences Building, Room 307A

    Curriculum Vitae

  • L. J. Fox, III, M. S.

    Adjunct Instructor, Mathematics Department

    304.929.1606

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323I

  • Winnie Fu, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department

    304.929.1659

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 319L

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Nathan Galinsky, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department

    304.929.1651

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 305A

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Stephen Goodman, Ph.D.

    Interim Dean, Professor and Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

    304.929.1633

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 306C

    Curriculum Vitae


  • Kimberlyn Gray, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Department

    304.929.1652

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 305B

    Curriculum Vitae

  • BhanuKiran Gurijala, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Information Systems Department

    304.929.1201

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323T

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Guillermo D. Hahn, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department

    304.929.1642

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300T

    Dr. Hahn's engineering interests center on the analysis and design of structural systems against various phenomena including static loads and dynamic actions due to seismic ground motions, moving forces, water waves, and vortex induced excitations.

    Before joining West Virginia University Institute of Technology, he had experience in academia and professional practice, having been a tenured faculty member in civil engineering at Vanderbilt University, and performed various roles in industry including engineering design, consulting and project management for building structures and deep-water offshore platforms and associated pipelines and risers for oil and gas production and transport. 

    Dr. Hahn can teach engineering courses in statics, mechanics of materials, mechanics of fluids, reinforced concrete design, steel design, structural analysis, and structural dynamics. With much interest in education and research, he received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Rice University in 1986. 

  • Dr. Salam Hajjar

    Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering

    Office: Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center, Room 300G

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Kenan Hatipoglu, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

    304.929.1632

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300I

    Curriculum Vitae

  • J. T. Hird, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Mathematics Department

    304.929.1602

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323B

    Curriculum Vitae

  • James Hoffman

    Academic Lab Manager I

    304.929.1641

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300F

    James has previously worked as a  Fabrication Engineer/CADD Technician & CNC programmer for Kanawha Manufacturing Company (2009-2014) and as a CADD Technician & CNC programmer at Charleston Steel/Bismark Steel (2008-2009)

    Education: WVU Tech college of Engineering graduate of 2008 in Mechanical Engineering B.S.
    WVU Tech CTC (Now Bridgevalley) graduate of 2006 in Computer aided Drafting and design A.S. w/ Mechanical Emphasis.

  • Caleb Holloway, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department

    304.929.1603

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323C

  • Scott Hurst, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Physical Sciences Department

    304.929.1353

    Office: Physical Sciences Building, Room 210A

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Deb Jackson

    Administrative Secretary - Senior

    304.929.1650

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 305

  • Rana M. Jisr, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Physical Sciences Department

    304.929.1352

    Office: Physical Sciences Building, Room 409

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Shafique Khan, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department

    304.929.1662

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 305F

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Taejin Kim, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences Department

    304.929.1358

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300W

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Brian Leary, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department

    304.929.1607

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323K

    Website

  • Steven D. Leftwich, Ph.D., P.E., P.S.

    Professor and Chair, Civil Engineering Department

    304.929.1637

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300N

    Curriculum Vitae

    Dr. Leftwich has over 39 years of industrial and academic experience in structural analysis and design of steel, reinforced concrete, masonry and timber structures. Before academia, he worked eight years for Bechtel National Inc. performing analysis and design of structures for nuclear waste repository, solar energy and space shuttle launch site projects.

    During his tenure at WVU Tech, Dr. Leftwich has taught several classes including Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Fluid Mechanics, Surveying, Software Tools, Structural Analysis, Advanced Structural Analysis, Steel Design, Reinforced Concrete Design, Timber Design, Civil Engineering Projects and sessions for F.E. and P.E. reviews. Dr. Leftwich is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in California and West Virginia and a licensed surveyor in West Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Virginia in 1980.

  • Charan Litchfield, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

    304.929.1635

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300L

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Mingyu Lu, Ph.D.

    Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

    304.929.1634

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300K

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Chris McClain, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department

    304.929.1605

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323G

  • Jonathan Mitchell, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Biology Department

    304.929.1357

    Office: Life Sciences Building, Room 119B

  • Amr Mohammed, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department

    304.929.1639

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300P

    Curriculum Vitae

    Dr. Amr Mohammed has over 16 years of private consulting and academic experience in transportation engineering, traffic engineering, public transit planning and traffic safety. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering at WVU Tech in 2012. He received his undergraduate civil engineering degree from Ain Shams University, Egypt (1998), his M.Sc. from the University of Central Florida (2002) and his Ph.D. in transportation engineering from the University of Toronto (2007).

    Before accepting a position with WVU Tech, he worked for several consulting firms in Canada, Egypt and Dubai, in addition to several academic assignments as an adjunct professor. He has been involved in large scale public transit projects and traffic impact studies, performing traffic surveys and providing traffic engineering analysis. He also performed pedestrian/LRT Station analysis and traffic diversion analysis during construction for the first BRT to LRT transit conversion in the world, currently happening in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Mohammed has been working in several countries for different international projects of different scales.

    During his tenure at WVU Tech, Dr. Mohammed has taught several classes, including Traffic Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Surveying Highway Engineering and sessions for the FE review, in addition to introducing the GIS/GPS Applications course at WVU Tech.  
    Dr. Mohammed’s research interests in traffic/transportation engineering include public transit operations and planning, traffic safety and driver characteristics, traffic control devices and intersection analysis. He is a registered professional engineer (P. Eng.) in Ontario, Canada and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

  • John Tyler Moss, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department

    304.929.1249

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323E

    Website

  • Ranjith A. Munasinghe, Ph.D.

    Chair and Professor, Computer Science & Information Systems Department

    304.929.1612

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323N

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Afrin Naz, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Computer Science & Information Systems Department

    304.929.1617

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323S

    Curriculum Vitae

  • John Neary, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Biology Department

    304.929.1224

    Office: Life Sciences Building, Room 307C

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Diana Powers

    Teaching Instructor, Mathematics

    304.929.1611

    Office: LRC, Room 323B

  • Gifty Osei-Prempeh, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor and Chair, Chemical Engineering Department

    304.929.1655

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 305G

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Michel Ouendeno, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology Department

    304.929.1658

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300G

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Yogendra "Yogen" Panta, Ph.D., P.E.

    Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department

    304.929.1661

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 319M

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Sanish Rai, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Information Systems Department

    304.929.1613

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323O

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Maegen Shults, M. S.

    Teaching Instructor, Mathematics Department

    304.929.1610

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323H

  • Karen Skaggs

    Administrative Associate, Office of the Dean

    304-929-1670

    Office: Room 306D, Learning Resource Center

  • Ebenezer Tackey-Otoo, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    304.929.1643

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300C

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Susan Wittman

    Program Assistant II

    304.929.1600

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 323

    Fax: 304.253.8984

  • Adrienne Williams, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Biology Department

    304.929.1250

    Office: Life Sciences Building, Room 119A

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Matthew Williams, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Biology Department

    304.929.1223

    Office: Life Sciences Building, Room 119B

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Horng-Jyh (Tigra) Yang, Ph.D., P.E.

    Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department

    304.929.1640

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 300R

    Curriculum Vitae

    Dr. Horng-Jyh (Tigra)Yang joined the Department of Civil Engineering at WVU Tech in 2011. Dr. Yang received his undergraduate civil engineering degree from Chung Yung University and his M.S. from National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) in Independent Taiwan. Before leaving his homeland, Dr. Yang practiced as a manager of the Civil Engineering Service Center at NPUST and served as a lieutenant in the Taiwan Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Yang later earned his Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 2005. After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Yang served as a Lecturer and Manager of the Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory at UNR. While there, he taught geotechnical engineering courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels and participated in soil liquefaction research. Dr. Yang also performed research on large scale soil-structure interaction under simulated earthquake motions.

    Dr. Yang’s other research interests in geotechnical engineering include soil property characterizations, large scale soil-structure interaction, in-situ soil testing and geotechnical earthquake engineering. Dr. Yang is a registered professional engineer in the State of Nevada and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

  • Sihe Zhang, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department

    304.929.1656

    Office: Learning Resource Center, Room 305H

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Govindappa "Pat" Puttaiah, Ph.D. [Emeritus]

    PROFESSOR EMERITUS, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

    Office:

  • Juin S. Yu, Ph.D. [Emeritus]

    PROFESSOR EMERITUS, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

    Office: