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Zella L. Kahn-Jetter, Ph.D., P.E.
Dean of engineering
Professor, mechanical engineering
- Ph.D.: Polytechnic University
- MSME: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- BME: The Cooper Union
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Dr. Kahn-Jetter has over twenty years of experience in Catholic
higher education. She most recently served as the chairperson of
the Mechanical Engineering Department at Manhattan College, a
private Catholic college in New York following the Lasallian
tradition founded by the Christian Brothers.
In her tenure
at Manhattan, Dr. Kahn-Jetter was involved in student
advisement, curriculum development, budget preparation and
management, faculty and course scheduling, student affairs,
hiring of adjuncts, overseeing full-time and tenure-track
faculty appointments, and accreditation. She was very focused on
recruitment and retention issues, especially in creating a more
diverse student population.
Dr. Kahn-Jetter’s most recent
area of interest involved studying the mechanical properties of
plants and has co-authored numerous articles in plant mechanics.
Peter L. Bishay, Ph.D.
Assistant professor, mechanical engineering
- Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
- M.S., Cairo University
- B.S., Cairo University
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Dr. Bishay earned his PhD from the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at
University of California, Irvine (UCI). His doctoral dissertation was focused on
formulating novel numerical methods for accurate and efficient micromechanical modeling
of multifunctional materials and composites. Dr. Bishay’s major areas of research are
Computational Solid Mechanics, Smart Materials & Structures, Modeling & Simulation,
Aerospace Structures, as well as Engineering Education. He taught several mechanical
and aerospace engineering courses at University of California, Irvine (UCI), Ruters,
the state University of New Jersey, as well as Cairo University.
Shawn Duan, Ph.D.
Professor and chairperson,
- Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- M.S., Tianjin University
- B.S., Kunming University of Science and Technology
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Dr. Duan has over twenty years of experience in mechanical engineering field.
Before joining SMU, he was a full professor and program assessment coordinator
of Department of Mechanical Engineering at South Dakota State University. During
his tenure at SDSU, he was involved in teaching/advising, research, various
services, undergraduate program assessment, scholarship, and ABET accreditation.
His interests include but are not limited to vibrations, biomechanics, ABET accreditation, scholarship
of teaching and learning, fluid power transmission and controls, CAD/CAE, and modeling and simulation on high performance computing systems.
Pius O. Igharo, Ph.D.
Associate professor, civil engineering
- Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
- M.S., Columbia University
- B.S., Swarthmore College
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Dr. Igharo has more than 30 years experience in industry,
consulting and academia, specializing in transportation systems
management and design. Dr. Igharo has been teaching at Saint
Martin's University since 1996.
Isaac Jung, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate professor, mechanical engineering
- MBA, Saint Martin's University
- Ph.D., University of Florida
- M.S., University of Florida
- B.S., Seoul National University
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Dr. Jung's specialty is in the field of aerospace, engineering
mechanics, system dynamics and machine design. He has been
teaching at Saint Martin's University since 1991. Dr. Jung is
also the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Alpha Tau chapter of Pi
Tau Sigma. He is also the advisor for Engineers Without Borders.
He also holds the position of Lacey Civil Service Commissioner
and is a member of the Committee on Ministry at the Olympia
Dintie S. Mahamah, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, civil engineering
- Ph.D., Washington State University
- M.Sc., Washington State University
- B.Sc., University of Science and Technology, Ghana
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Professor Mahamah is highly qualified in the areas of
environmental and water resource engineering, as well as
computer modeling. He enjoys riding his bicycle with his kids
and watching European football.
Bill Phillips, M.E.M, P.E.
Assistant professor, Director of the MEM program
- M.E.M, Saint Martin's University
- B.S.C.E, Saint Martin's University
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Bill has over 30 years of experience in the construction field.
He earned his BSCE from Saint Martin's University in 1978. Bill
has extensive experience with large construction projects. His
interests focus on project management and construction
Rico Picone, Ph.D.
Assistant professor, mechanical engineering
- Ph.D. : University of Washington
- MSME: University of Washington
- BSME: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Dr. Picone teaches in the fields of mechatronics, including dynamical modeling,
control systems, and robotics. His research includes the enhancement of magnetic
resonance technologies, especially magnetic resonance force microscopy (MRFM),
through hyperpolarization. Much of his previous work has been in nonlinear
dynamical modeling of systems of magnetization. Additional research interests
include augmented human intelligence through computing systems and the philosophy
of engineering, with emphasis on the relation between humanity (individually and
collectively) and technology. Dr. Picone received his PhD in mechanical
engineering at the University of Washington in 2014.
Chun Kyung Seong, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and chairperson, civil engineering
Director of the MCE program
- Ph.D., Lehigh University
- M.S., Seoul National University
- B.S., Seoul National University
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A structural engineer with over 25 years experience, Professor
Seong brings a wealth of experience in structural analysis and
design for buildings and bridges to the classroom. Professor
Seong has been teaching at Saint Martin's University since 1995.
Outside of the classroom, he enjoys swimming and fishing. He is
also fond of watching movies, operas, and plays.
Paul E. Slaboch, Ph.D.
Assistant professor, Director of the MME program
- Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
- M.S., University of Notre Dame
- B.S., University of Notre Dame
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Prior to joining St. Martin's in the fall of 2012, Dr. Slaboch
worked for the US Department of Transportation’s Volpe National
Transportation Systems Center. While at the Volpe Center, his
major areas of research included jet blast and aircraft wake
turbulence mitigation strategies. He worked with a number of
public and private entities during his time at Volpe including
the Federal Aviation Administration, the Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Dr.
Slaboch earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. all in Aerospace
Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. His doctoral
dissertation examined side window buffeting in automobiles to
reduce interior cabin noise. Other research areas of interest
include fluid mechanics, acoustics, and fluid-structure
Frank Washko, Ph.D., J.D.
Assistant professor, mechanical engineering
- JD: Georgetown University
- Ph.D.: Wayne State University
- MBA: Wayne State University
- MSME: Wayne State University
- BSME: Wayne State University
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Dr. Washko has worked as an automotive engineer specializing in engine design
for airflow and combustion components. In addition, he has worked in the areas
of biomechanics, microfluidics, and MEMS. Most recently, he has completed
research projects for DARPA and the Office of Naval Research involving efficient
powertrain design, flex fuels, and artificial biomaterials. Dr. Washko has
previously taught at Lawrence Technological University and Wayne State University.
Stephen Bao, Ph.D., CPE, CCPE
- Ph.D., Lulea University of Technology
- M.Sc., Shanghai Second Medical School
- B.Sc., Shanghai Jiaotong University
Dr. Bao believes that it is fun and important to teach future
industrial leaders to consider human operators in the production
system and make the system more efficient and productive.
Outside of his duties as a professor he is the editor of
Ergonomics and the associate editor for Ergonomics in Design. He
enjoys being in the beautiful Northwest and he likes the
outdoors. He likes working out, bicycling, kayaking, skiing and
Douglas C. Howie, P.E.
- MEM, Saint Martin's University
- B.S.C.E, Union College
Professor Howie has lived in western Washington most of his
life. Whenever he lived elsewhere, he was always planning to
return. His engineering career has been mostly in consulting
focusing on water related planning, design, and construction. He
currently works fulltime at the Department of Ecology as a storm
water engineer in the Water Quality Permit Development Services
section. He was a Navy veteran serving in the Seabees for four
years. He was an Engineering Aide during my tour of duty
providing engineering support to officers within the Naval Civil
Engineering Corps. He provided services to Public Works
Departments maintaining bases in Bermuda, California, and
McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Outside of the classroom, he and
his wife are active in many local animal related issues. He is
the President of the Thurston County Humane Society and is on
the Board of the Joint Animal Services Commission who manages
operation of the Animal Shelter. He visits on a regular basis at
St. Peter Hospital with his dog and teaches and evaluates other
animal/handler teams for skills and aptitude in visiting with
David B. Jansen, M.S., P.E., LEED-AP
Civil engineering, engineering management
- M.S., University of Central Florida
- B.S., University of Florida
Mr. Jansen has been teaching in the Masters of Civil Engineering
and Masters of Engineering Management since 1985. He also has
more than 28 years experience in wastewater treatment and
environmental cleanup and currently is director of capital
programs at the Washington State Department of Corrections.
Outside of his duties in the classroom Mr. Jansen also holds the
title of father and (contrary to his youthful appearance)
grandfather. He also enjoys public speaking, traveling and
A. Jim Witsmeer, MSEE, DEngrAA, P.E.
- Engineer Degree AA: Stanford University
- MSEE: University of Southern California
- BSEE: Illinois Institute of Technology
Upon graduation from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1959,
Jim Witsmeer received a commission in the U.S. Navy and served
three years aboard a destroyer in the Pacific, the final year as
the ships Chief Engineer. Mr. Witsmeer left the Navy to work as
an engineer on the design of the Apollo command vehicle which
successfully brought astronauts to the moon and back. With the
assistance of a wonderful wife, Jim became a graduate student
and research assistant at Stanford University, working in
optimal control and estimation theory. His thesis involved
design of the attitude control system for a scientific satellite
which is still orbiting the earth and providing useful data
today. The following thirty-two years were spent helping his
wife raise four children, developing technology, and managing
projects at several aerospace companies including Boeing. His
main area of expertise involved the application of digital
computers to the control of missiles, air- and space-craft.
Since his retirement in the year 2000, Dr. Witsmeer has turned
his attention to teaching in both business and engineering
education. In 2010, he was invited to join the Saint Martin’s
Engineering Department. Since joining SMU, Dr. Witsmeer has come
to appreciate the friendly environment and especially the
ability and dedication of its students. Dr. Witsmeer considers
it a great privilege to serve in a prestigious Christian
institution of higher education.
Executive assistant to the dean of engineering
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