Academics at Fort Lewis College

Faculty profiles

Dr. Christie Chatterley
Assistant Professor of Engineering

Expertise

  • Water Quality Analysis and Treatment
  • On-Site Water and Sanitation for Low-Income Country Applications
  • Contextual Factor Influence on Technology Uptake
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Interventions

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado - Boulder, 2013
  • M.S., Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado - Boulder, 2009
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Idaho State University, 2003

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Dr. Jerry Crawford
Professor of Physics

Expertise:

  • Cryogenics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Optics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Waves and sounds

Education:

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Oregon, 1983
  • M.A., Physics, University of Oregon, 1980
  • B.A., Physics, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1979

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Dr. Ryan Haaland
Chair and Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise:

  • Physics 

  • Physics education 

  • Space debris 

  • Space physics and upper atmospheric physics 

Education:

  • D.Phil., Physics, University of Oxford, 1999 
  • M.S., Space Physics, University of California Los Angeles, 1990 
  • B.A., Physics and Math, Concordia College, 1985

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Dr. Charlie Hakes
Senior Lecturer of Physics & Engineering

Expertise

  • Physics
  • Electrical Engineering

Education

  • Ph.D., Physics, Rice University, 1990
  • M.A., Physics, Rice University, 1987
  • M.E.E., Electrical Engineering, Rice University, 1983
  • B.A., Physics, Rice University, 1981

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Dr. Jeff Jessing
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise 

  • Solid state physics and electronics 
  • Device physics 
  • Nanosytems and microfabrication 
  • Microsensors and actuators 

Education 

  • B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1992 
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1994 
  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1998 

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Dr. Devin Leahy
Assistant Professor of Engineering

Expertise:

  • Biomedical engineering 

  • Biomechanics 

  • Composite material characterization 

  • Finite element analysis 

  • Injury biomechanics 

  • Mechanical engineering 

Education:

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2012 
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2004 

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Dr. Yiyan Li
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise

  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Embedded Systems/FPGA
  • Microfluidics
  • Microbiology

Education

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2016
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Chongqing University, 2012
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Henan University of Science and Technology, 2009

 

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Dr. Don May
Professor of Engineering

Expertise:

  • Civil design
  • International development – water and sanitation
  • Water supply systems in the developing world​
  • Open channel flow
  • Surface water hydrology
  • Water supply adequacy

Education:

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 1993
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 1982
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 1978

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Dr. William Nollet
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise:

  • Chemical & Exotic Rocket Propulsion

  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics

  • Space Physics

Education:

  • Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013 
  • M.S., Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011 
  • B.S., Space Physics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2009 

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Dr. Megan Paciaroni
Associate Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise 

  • Combustion research 
  • Imaging systems 
  • Optics 
  • Laser diagnostics 

Education 

  • Ph.D., Engineering Systems, Colorado School of Mines, 2004 
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1997 
  • B.S., Electro-Optics, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1987 

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Dr. Randy Palmer
Visiting Instructor of Physics

Expertise

  • Geophysics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Physics

Education

  • Ph.D., Geophysics, University of Oregon, 1997
  • M.S., Physics, University of Oregon, 1989
  • B.S., Physics, Fort Lewis College, 1987

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Dr. Don Rabern
Visiting Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise 

  • Engineering mechanics 
  • Impact dynamics 

Education 

  • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, University of Arizona, 1988
  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Arizona, 1983
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Utah, 1979

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Dr. Ryan Smith
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise:

  • Robotics
  • Autonomous underwater vehicles
  • Control and planning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Single and multi-robot systems
  • Geometric control theory
  • Ocean modeling

Education:

  • Ph.D., Ocean and Resources Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008
  • M.A., Mathematics, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2002
  • B.S., Mathematics and Engineering Physics, Miami University, 1998

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Dr. Laurie Williams
Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise:

  • Energy applications, including alternative energy systems
  • Village Aid Project – meeting basic needs in the developing world
  • Methane emissions
  • Technologies for the developing world

Education:

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2001
  • M.S., Environmental Policy and Management, University of Denver, 1997
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 1983

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Dr. Andrew Young
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering

Expertise

  • Structural mechanics
  • Inflatable structures
  • Numerical methods in engineering
  • Performance of composite materials

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine, 2017
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine, 2013
  • B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine, 2011

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