Meet the Faculty

Dr. Geoffrey Peter, P.E. - MMET Program Director & Associate Professor


Dr. Peter is a registered professional engineer (PE) in the States of Washington and Oregon and a registered European engineer (Eur Ing) in Europe. He has extensive consulting experience in the areas of mechanical and manufacturing engineering, metallurgy, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and HVAC. He also has considerable industrial experience, both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. His research areas include thermal fluid sciences, CFD, nuclear shielding, nuclear criticality, and thermal hydraulics. His recent employment includes the Department of Energy Site at Hanford in Washington State, at Tektronix in Oregon, and ASML Lithography at Wilton in Connecticut. Dr. Peter has taught classes at both public and private universities and at a community college.

Dr. Peter has a PhD in Material Science and Engineering, M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering, M.Sc degree in Nuclear Reactor Science and B.S. (Honors) degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Project Prize for 1979 in the United Kingdom. Dr. Peter has a US and International Patent in the semiconductor area.

Dr. Lawrence Wolf, P.E. - MS MFG Program Director & Professor


Dr. Lawrence J. Wolf is a professor of the Oregon Institute of Technology and a distinguished service professor of the Oregon University System. After experience in the army and the aircraft, petroleum, and chemical industries, he began his academic career in 1964 as the founding head of the MET program at the St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. As a research fellow he completed his doctorate in engineering at Washington University and then became an associate professor at the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia from 1972 to 1974. He was appointed a dean at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, directing a joint project with MIT in Iran, after which he returned to St. Louis in 1975 as the associate dean of instruction. He headed the Department of Manufacturing Engineering Technologies and Supervision at Purdue University, Calumet, from 1978 to 1980, then served for ten years as the dean of the College of Technology of the University of Houston. After a sabbatical year working on the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Wolf joined the Super Conducting Super Collider project in Texas. It was while at the SSC that he was contacted to become the president of Oregon Institute of Technology. He retired from administration in 1998, designated as a president emeritus. Wolf served a sabbatical year with the Boeing Company extending the BS in MfgET program to the Seattle sites and working with Product Life Management software in design and manufacturing. He teaches now in Portland and continues to be active internationally and of service to other universities, industry, and government.

Wolf received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering and his DSc in structural engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He maintains PE licenses in Oregon and Missouri and is a member of the ASME and of the SME. He is an elected fellow of the ASEE, ASME, and ABET. From the ASEE he has received the McGraw Award, a Centennial Award, and the Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Alpha Pi, Epsilon Pi Tau, and the AAUP. In 2006 he was named a life member of the ASEE. In 2007 he was elected a life fellow of the ASME, and received an EngineeringVISION Award from

He has over 60 publications the most recent being as a contributing author and steering committee member for the newly released ABET 75th Anniversary Retrospective. ISBN 978-0-9799910-0-4.Wolf currently serves on the Mechanical Engineering Body of Knowledge Study Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He also serves on the Manufacturing Engineering Leadership Forum of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Ralph M. Cohen, P.E. - Adjunct Instructor

Ralph retired from Intel Corporation in May 2005, completing 20+ years. While at Intel he was engaged in facility design, construction, startup, supplier qualification and management, failure analysis, engineering team management, and recruiting. Design work focused on mechanical systems for wafer fabs, assembly-test plants, and data centers with specialties in bulk gas systems and energy conservation. He has worked closely with suppliers in the development and qualification of new products including numerous valves, a high pressure atomizing humidifier, air handlers, dampers, high purity tubing and an automatic fire sprinkler head.

Previous experience working for engineering design consultants and Texas Instruments totals some 28 years in semiconductor related fields.

Cohen graduated with a BS (1971) in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology with further studies in HVAC and welding. He holds Professional Engineering licenses in Pennsylvania and Oregon.

Since retiring from Intel, he established Ralph M Cohen Consultancy providing engineering services to clients primarily in thermal systems analysis and new product qualification. When not consulting, he can be found in his workshop or pursuing latent interests, including adjunct faculty at Oregon Institute of Technology teaching hydraulics and fluids.

Dr. Maan H. Jawad, P.E. - Adjunct Instructor


Dr. Jawad is the President of Global Engineering and Technology (GET). GET handles engineering consulting to various pressure vessel fabricators as well as to the power and petrochemical Industry. Dr. Jawad was President of Nooter Consulting Services and Vice President - Research and Development of the Nooter Corporation and a member of the Nooter Corporation Board of Directors. Nooter fabricates and field erects boilers and pressure vessels for the power generation and petro-chemical industries and is employee owned with annual sales of over 900 million dollars. His responsibility included designs of pressure vessels and heat exchangers, and trouble shooting in the field regarding repairs, alterations and evaluations of boilers and pressure vessels. He has been involved with research and development of layered pressure vessels, tube-to-tubesheet joints, and jacketed construction.

Dr. Jawad is active on various technical committees of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers related to boilers and pressure vessels since 1972. He is a member of the Nuclear Working Group on Elevated Temperature Design, a member of the Pressure Vessel Working Group on Design, and an honorary member of the Main Committee.Dr. Jawad was appointed by the Governor of Missouri as a member of the Missouri Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Rules and served from 1998 to 2005. He was also a member of the Advisory Board to the National Board on Boilers and Pressure Vessel Inspectors in Columbus, Ohio representing The American Boiler Manufacturers Association from 2000 through 2005.

Dr. Jawad graduated with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Al-Hikma University in 1964. His education continued with a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1965. In 1968 he completed a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering (with minor in Engineering Mechanics) from Iowa State University.

Tom Wade, M.S.M.E. - Adjunct Instructor

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Mr. Wade has over 40 years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering, Design Engineering, and Materials Research. His design experience includes load cell instrumentation, water treatment equipment, manufacturing automation, and medical devices. His manufacturing background includes mechanical equipment, instrumentation, consumer products, electronic ceramics, industrial chemicals, and medical devices. That background includes hands-on experience with automation and robotics in machining, assembly, investment casting, and injection molding. He holds U.S. patents in water treatment and ground effect vehicles.

His materials research experience is in metal fatigue and ceramic materials; including high temperature test methods and statistical approaches to design with brittle materials.Mr. Wade is currently Manager of Process Engineering at Bioject, Inc., a manufacturer of needle-free injection devices. Other employment has been at Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute, Nalco Chemical, and ALCOA. He has taught Data Processing and Engineering classes at universities and community colleges since 1975.

Mr. Wade holds an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science from Northwestern University.

Bob Werber, Adjunct Instructor

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