Oregon Tech Appoints Five New Faculty to Renewable Energy Engineering Program
Oregon Institute of Technology has added five new faculty members, Ryan Wang, PhD, Feng Shi, PhD, Hope Corsair, PhD, Chad Stillinger, PhD, and Teshome Jiru, PhD, to its Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering (EEREE) department this academic year.
Corsair, Stillinger and Jiru are located at Oregon Tech’s Portland metro-area campuses, and join four full-time and 18 adjunct faculty members to work with over 150 renewable energy engineering students. At the Klamath Falls campus, Shi and Wang join four faculty members to teach another 100 students in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering fundamentals, and a full range of renewable energy options in power, storage, biomass, geothermal, photovoltaics, solar-thermal and smart-grid technologies.
“The EEREE department is uniquely positioned to lead initiatives in education and applied research related to energy, power and renewable energy engineering. Clean energy covers a broad spectrum of disciplines, making it difficult for traditional single-discipline engineering departments to be effective in this technical field. Our multidisciplinary department includes full-time faculty with graduate education in electrical, mechanical, chemical, material science, physics, green-building, energy economics, and specialized energy topics, all working together as part of the same unit,” commented Mateo Aboy, chair of the electrical engineering and renewable energy department.
The new appointments follow on the heels of Oregon Tech’s recent accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for the Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering program.
“I believe this spectrum of excellent faculty and ABET-accredited programs will help us prepare students to drive the growth of the clean-tech economy. Oregon Tech has a long history of generating and teaching renewable energy. This investment provides us with the talent to innovate and strengthen our center of expertise in energy at the university,” said Charlie Jones, PhD, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Management.
About Oregon Tech
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is one of seven institutions in the Oregon University System, and the only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communications and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech’s main campus is in Klamath Falls; other sites are located in Portland, Salem, La Grande and Seattle. Oregon Tech will consolidate its campuses in the Portland area to a larger facility in Wilsonville in Fall 2012. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.
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