Meet the Faculty

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

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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 Engineering.com.

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.

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

OfficePortland East

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.

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