Meet the Adjunct Faculty

Frank Rytkonen

Frank joined the Oregon Tech Wilsonville faculty as an adjunct member in January of 2007 as an instructor in the renewable energy engineering program. He has taught courses at Oregon Tech in instrumentation, control systems design, electromechanical energy conversion, power electronics, electrical power systems, and photovoltaic system design. He has also been a senior project advisor. Prior to teaching at Oregon Tech, he taught as an adjunct instructor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Portland State University, as an electronics technology instructor at ITT Technical Institute, and as a nuclear reactor operator instructor in the U.S. Navy.

Frank received his MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (specializing in control and power systems) from Portland State University, and also has a BS in physics and mathematics from Excelsior College. He is currently employed by Jacobs Engineering as an instrumentation and controls (I&C) engineer. In addition to the teaching positions mentioned above, he previously worked as the facilities I&C engineer at Siltronic, a field service engineer for Applied Materials, a project engineer for Systems Interface, and an electronics technician/nuclear reactor operator in the Navy. He is a senior member of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and has held multiple leadership positions with the Portland ISA section, including president. He is a member of three collegiate honor societies: Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Christian Stephens

Christian Stephens joined the Oregon Tech Wilsonville faculty as an adjunct writing instructor in 1997. He has taught advanced technical writing, technical report writing, documentation development, and literature at Oregon Tech. Before that, Christian taught composition at Idaho State University.

Christian received a BA in English and Communications from Lewis and Clark College and an MA in English from Idaho State University. He has worked as a technical writer, editor, and communications manager in such varied industries as nuclear safety, tax assessment, computer hardware, and software.

During the 2009-2010 academic year, Christian will be in Logan, Utah, completing coursework toward a Ph.D. in professional communication at Utah State University.

Cody Jones

Cody teaches with the OPT adjunct faculty after teaching several courses at Portland State University, and in between working on independent research. Course topics and research interests include sustainability, environmental regulation, energy economics, environmental economics, energy management and renewable energy, and wetland and endangered species management. Cody transitioned to teaching after spending several years as an environmental regulatory compliance specialist. Prior to that, she spent several years as a technical writer in the high tech industry, where she made a futile attempt to produce usable instruction manuals. (Writing a 650-page manual on database management software as a development team of 35 isn't as easy as it looks. My apologies for all bad technical writing, ever.)

PhD Environmental Sciences and Resources, Portland State University, 2008; Master of Environmental Management, Portland State University, 2007; BS Environmental Studies and Economics, San Jose State University, 2001.

Yurong Kimberly Wang

Dr. Yurong Kimberly Wang has been a control system engineer in Tyco Electronics since 1996. She has applied the advanced process controls, industrial automation, and Six Sigma methodologies for Six Sigma Operation and Lean Manufacturing. Before coming to the United States, she was an Assistant Professor in Department of Automatic Control, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China

She received her B.S. and M.S. in 1983 and 1986, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China. She received her Ph.D. in 1996, Department of Biological Engineering, and University of Missouri - Columbia. Her Ph.D. research was a National Science Foundation project on advanced process control development for food extrusion processes. She developed multi-variable model predictive control algorithms for processes with input and output constraints, neural network modeling and fuzzy logic control strategies for nonlinear processes, and applied these control strategies on food extrusion process automatic controls

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen is a principal and chief engineer for Imagine Energy, LLC in Portland, Oregon. He founded the company in 2004 and has established a new market for energy consulting and contracting in the residential and business sector, with strong year over year growth. Jonathan offers a deep knowledge in building science and energy efficiency, solar PV, solar thermal, wind energy, heat pumps (including geothermal), and other energy technologies. Jonathan has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and M.S. studies in the same. He has served as a test engineer at Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park, CA and the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, CO. He is also an instructor at Oregon institute of Technology's renewable energy engineering program, teaching practical PV design and installation.

Joey Mohr

Joseph Mohr draws on his experience as a chemical engineer and a practicing patent attorney to bring a unique Renewable Energy Engineering perspective to his classroom. Trained as a chemical engineer at the University of Iowa, Joey's engineering experience in industry includes positions at 3M, Monsanto Chemical Company, and Abbott Labs. As an engineer at Abbott, he served as a technical expert for the bulk manufacturing of pharmaceuticals used in applications ranging from anesthesia to the treatment of HIV-AIDS.

To pursue his interest in science and technology from a different perspective, Joey became a licensed patent attorney. His law firm, Mohr Intellectual Property Law Solutions, specializes in patent, trademark, copyright, and licensing law. Joey's practice includes advising clients who are developing new renewable energy technologies and preparing patent applications for his clients directed to new renewable energy inventions. In addition to his Renewable Energy Engineering courses at Oregon Tech, Joey teaches intellectual property law courses at Willamette University Law School as an Adjunct Professor, including Patent Law, Trademark Law, and Copyright Law.

Curt Edmondson

Curt Edmondson joined Oregon Tech during the 2007/08 academic year as an Adjunct Faculty member. His educational background includes a BS, MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a JD Degree from the University of the Pacific (McGeorge School of Law). His industry experience includes working for Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, Hughes Aircraft Company as design engineer, and as a founder of several e-commerce companies. Mr. Edmondson is also a licensed Professional Engineer (Electrical). In 2001, Mr. Edmondson sold his financial services e-commerce company to practice intellectual property law as a registered patent attorney.

Curt Edmondson teaches Power Systems Engineering, Digital Design, Analog Design, and Energy Conversion courses at Oregon Tech.

Dr. AKM Ariful Ahsan

Dr. Ahsan is working at Intel Corporation, Portland as a research engineer since 2003. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1998. He completed MS in 2000 and PhD in 2003 in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University, USA. His industry experience includes working for Intel as a device/process integration and test engineer in the R&D where he works developing Intel's next generation logic and memory devices.

Dr. Ahsan teaches in various areas of semiconductor device and processes in the renewable energy department at Oregon Tech. He also offers digital logic and circuit design and power electronics courses for the students of renewable energy and electrical engineering department.