Washington State University

MME's Faculty

The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

MME's Faculty

Interdisciplinary Excellence Built On World-Class Knowledge

A list of faculty research interests may be found at http://www.mme.wsu.edu/research/interests.html


School Director

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Michael R. Kessler - Director and Professor
Joined MME in 2013
Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002
office: Sloan 201A
Telephone: 509 335 8654
E-mail: michaelr.kessler@wsu.edu

Regents Professor

The rank of Regents Professor honors the highest level of international distinction in the discipline that raises university standards through teaching, scholarship and public service.


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Kelvin G. Lynn - Regents Professor
Joined MME in 1996
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Utah in 1974
office: Dana 102
Telephone: 509 335 1131
E-mail: kgl@wsu.edu

Pullman Campus: Professors

Attainment of the rank of Professor is an indication that the individual has made, and continues to make, outstanding contributions to the school and university.


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Amit Bandyopadhyay - Herman and Brita Lindholm Endowed Chair Professor
Joined MME in 1997
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington in 1995.
office: Dana 105A
Telephone: 509 335 4862
E-mail: amitband@wsu.edu

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Susmita Bose - Herman and Brita Lindholm Endowed Chair Professor
Joined MME in 1998
Ph.D. in Physical-Organic Chemistry from Rutgers University in 1998
office: Dana 103A
Telephone: 509 335 7461
E-mail: sbose@wsu.edu

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Jow-Lian Ding - Professor and Associate Director
Joined MME in 1983
Ph.D. in Engineering from Brown University in 1983
office: EE/ME B25
Telephone: 509 335 3226
E-mail: ding@mme.wsu.edu

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Indranath Dutta - Professor
Joined MME in 2008
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1988.
office: Dana 149b
Telephone: 509 335 8354
E-mail: idutta@wsu.edu

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Prashanta Dutta - Professor
Joined MME in 2001
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2001
office: EE/ME B27
Telephone: 509 335 7989
E-mail: prashanta@wsu.edu

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David P. Field - Professor
Joined MME in 2000
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University in 1991
office: Dana 145
Telephone: 509 335 8730
E-mail: dfield@wsu.edu

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Michael R. Kessler - Professor and Director
Joined MME in 2013
Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002
office: Sloan 201A
Telephone: 509 335 8654
E-mail: michaelr.kessler@wsu.edu

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Yuehe Lin - Professor - Laboratory Fellow
Joined MME in 2013;
Laboratory Fellow; Joint Appointment with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from University of Idaho, Moscow, ID in 1997
office: Dana 247C
Telephone: 509 335 8523
E-mail: yuehe.lin@wsu.edu

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Sinisa Mesarovic - Professor
Joined MME in 2001
Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University in 1996
office: EE/ME 145
Telephone: 509 335 7936
E-mail: mesarovic@mme.wsu.edu

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M. Grant Norton - Professor and Dean Honors College
Joined MME in 1991
Ph.D. in Materials from Imperial College, London in 1989.
office: Honors Hall 130
Telephone: 509 335 4505
E-mail: norton@mme.wsu.edu

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Charles (Dr. Chuck) Pezeshki - Professor
Joined MME in 1988
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in 1987
office: EE/ME 143
Telephone: 509 335 7662
E-mail: pezeshki@mme.wsu.edu

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Cecilia D. Richards - Professor
Joined MME in 1992
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Irvine in 1990
office: EE/ME 153
Telephone: 509 335 7753
E-mail: cill@mme.wsu.edu

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Robert F. Richards - Professor
Joined MME in 1992
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Irvine in 1990
office: EE/ME 149
Telephone: 509 335 8157
E-mail: richards@mme.wsu.edu

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Lloyd V. Smith - Professor
Joined MME in 1996
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Utah in 1994
office: EE/ME 155
Telephone: 509 335 3221
E-mail: smith@mme.wsu.edu

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Hussein M. Zbib - Professor
Joined MME in 1988
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Technical University in 1987
office: Dana 149a
Telephone: 509 335 7832
E-mail: zbib@wsu.edu

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Jinwen Zhang - Professor
Joined MME in 2012, with WSU from 2004
Ph.D. in Polymer Science, University of Massachusetts, 1997.
office: Paccar (PETB) 246
Telephone: 509 335 8723
FAX: 509 335 5077
E-mail: jwzhang@wsu.edu

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Weihong (Katie) Zhong - Professor
Joined MME in 2007
Ph.D. in Materials Science from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1994
office: Paccar (PETB) 252
Telephone: 509 335 7658
E-mail: katie_zhong@wsu.edu

Pullman Campus: Associate Professors

The rank of Associate Professor is normally the second step in the progression of university faculty. The individual has shown progress in contributions to the school and university. Associate Professor is normally the first rank with tenure.


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Scott P. Beckman - Associate Professor
Joined MME in 2015
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of California at Berkeley in 2005
office: ETRL 252
Telephone: 509 335 8571
E-mail: scott.beckman@wsu.edu

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Jacob Leachman - Associate Professor
Joined MME in 2010
PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 2010
office: Sloan 217
Telephone: 509 335 7711
E-mail: jacob.leachman@wsu.edu

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Qizhen (Katherine) Li - Associate Professor
Joined MME in 2014
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2004
office: Dana 239C
Telephone: 509 335 7437
E-mail: qizhen.li@wsu.edu

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Konstantin Matveev - Associate Professor
Joined MME in 2006
PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, in 2003
office: Sloan 225C
Telephone: 509 335 1327
E-mail: matveev@mme.wsu.edu

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John McCloy - Associate Professor
Joined MME in 2013
B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996.
Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Arizona in 2008
office: Dana 239D
Telephone: 509 335 7796
E-mail: john.mccloy@wsu.edu

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Rahul Panat - Associate Professor
Joined MME in 2014
Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004
office: EE/ME 147
Telephone: 509 335 9814
E-mail: rahul.panat@wsu.edu

Pullman Campus: Assistant Professors

The rank of assistant Professor is normally the entry level step in the progression of university faculty. The assistant professor normally does not have tenure. The individual’s previous work has shown potential to provide significant contribution to the school and university.


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Soumik Banerjee - Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2011
Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 2008.
office: Sloan 215
Telephone: 509 335 0294
E-mail: soumik.banerjee@wsu.edu

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Kuen-Ren (Roland) Chen - Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2015
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2013.
office: EME B23
Telephone: 509 335 0376
E-mail: roland.chen@wsu.edu

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Arda Gozen - Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2014
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
office: Sloan 221
Telephone: 509 335 3214
E-mail: arda.gozen@wsu.edu

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Kshitij Jerath - Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2015
Ph.D. received from The Pennsylvania State University, 2014.
office: Sloan 209
Telephone: 509 335 8435
E-mail: kshitij.jerath@wsu.edu

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Lei Li - Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2013
Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2009
office: Sloan 225A
Telephone: 509 335 4034
E-mail: lei.li2@wsu.edu

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Jin Liu - Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2012
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2008.
office: Sloan 211
Telephone: 509 335 4968
E-mail: jin.liu2@wsu.edu

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Dustin McLarty - Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2015
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, 2013
office: Sloan 213
Telephone: 509 335 1699
E-mail: dustin.mclarty@wsu.edu

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Min Kyu Song - Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2015
Postdoc, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2012-2014;
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2011.
office: EE/ME 159
Telephone: 509 335 8218
E-mail: minkyu.song@wsu.edu

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John P Swensen - Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2015
Ph.D. received from The Johns Hopkins University, 2012.
office: Dana 239E
Telephone: 509 335 1031
E-mail: john.swensen@wsu.edu

Pullman full-time Instructional/Research:
Clinical, Adjunct, and Instructor Faculty


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Nandita Biswas - Clinical Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2014
Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University, 2013
office: Sloan 219
Telephone: 509 335 3215
E-mail: nandita@wsu.edu

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Annie D. Du - Research Professor
Joined MME in 2013
PhD in Chemistry from Nanjing University, China in 2005
office: EE/ME B23
Telephone: 509 335 3224
E-mail: annie.du@wsu.edu

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Robert "Kurt" Hutchinson - Instructor
Joined MME in 2012, Joined CEA in 1987
office: ETRL room 022 - Cougar Shop
Telephone: 509 335 6638
E-mail: kurth@wsu.edu

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Yuzhan Li - Staff Scientist
Joined MME in 2014
PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Iowa State University, 2014
office: ETRL 348
Telephone: 509 335 8491
E-mail: yuzhan.li@wsu.edu

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Colin Merriman - Assistant Research Professor
Joined MME in 2016
PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Washington State University in 2015
office: ETRL 151A
Telephone: 509 335 3113
E-mail: merrimac@wsu.edu

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Alireza Narimannezhad - Adjunct Faculty
Joined MME in 2015
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Washington State University, 2015.
office: EE/ME B21
Telephone: 509 335 3222
E-mail: a.narimannezhad@wsu.edu

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Dave Torick - Instructor
Joined MME in 2015
M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009.
M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from the Ohio State University in 2000.
office: EME 157
Telephone: 509 335 1881
E-mail: dave.torick@wsu.edu

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Yu (Will) Wang - Assistant Research Professor
Joined MME in Fall 2015
Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering, Washington State University, 2015
office: Paccar (PETB) 158
Telephone: 509 339 5483
E-mail: yu.wang3@wsu.edu

Tri-Cities Campus: ME Faculty


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Amir Ameli - Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2015
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, 2011
office: West 130 Tri-Cities
Telephone: 509 372 7442
E-mail: a.ameli@tricity.wsu.edu

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Changki Mo - Associate Professor
Joined MME in 2010
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Oklahoma in 1996
office: West 134J Tri-Cities
Telephone: 509 372 7296
E-mail: changki.mo@tricity.wsu.edu

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Mohammed Noor-A-Alam - Clinical Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2014
Ph.D. in Energy Science and Engineering from University of Texas at El Paso, 2012
office: West 128 Tri-Cities
Telephone: 509 372 7459
E-mail: m.noor-a-alam@tricity.wsu.edu

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Messiha Saad - Clinical Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2014
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, 1993
office: West 134C Tri-Cities
Telephone: 509 372 7452
E-mail: messiha.saad@tricity.wsu.edu

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Richard Stout - Adjunct Faculty
Joined MME in 2008
Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, Oregon State University, in 1972.
office: Tri-Cities
Telephone: 509 372 7206
E-mail: rstout2b@charter.net

Bremerton Campus: ME Faculty


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Behrang Asgharian - Clinical Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2013
PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 2013
office: RBS Building 102 Bremerton
Telephone: 360 473 2847
E-mail: behrang2009@wsu.edu

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Philip Dodge - Instructor (Lab Instructor)
Joined MME in 2016
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, 2011.
office: RBS 116
Telephone: 360 475 7246
E-mail: pdodge@wsu.edu

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Marvin J Pitts - Clinical Professor and Program Coordinator
Joined MME in 2010
Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering
office: Science/Technology 110, Bremerton
Telephone: 360 475 7543
E-mail: pitts@wsu.edu

Everett Campus: ME Faculty


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Xiaopeng Bi - Clinical Associate Professor
Joined MME in 2012
Ph. D. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003
office: 209 Gray Wolf Hall - Everett
Telephone: 425 405 1733 From Pullman phones 2-1733
E-mail: xiaopeng.bi@wsu.edu

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Zhiquan Shu - Clinical Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2015
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 2013.
office: Gray Wolf Hall 210 Everett
Telephone: 425 405 1732 From Pullman phones 2-1732
E-mail: zq.shu@wsu.edu

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Derek Strong - Instructor (Lab Instructor)
Joined MME in 2016
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, 2014.
office: Whitehorse Hall 104 Everett
Telephone: 425 388 7134
E-mail: derek.strong@wsu.edu

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Gordon Taub - Clinical Assistant Professor
Joined MME in 2016
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 2013.
office: Gray Wolf Hall 208 Everett
Telephone: 425.405.1739 From Pullman phones 2-1739
E-mail: gordon.taub@wsu.edu

Pullman Campus Research Associates


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Jason Lonergan - Research Associate
Joined MME in 2016
PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology
office: Dana 347
Telephone: 303 565 6323 (mobile)
E-mail: jason.lonergan@wsu.edu

Pullman Campus Affiliate Faculty


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Robert D. Catena - Assistant Professor of Kinesiology & Extension Specialist
Joined WSU in 2014; Ph.D., Biomechanics, 2008 from University of Oregon
office: Smith Gym 113F
Telephone: 509 335 4250
E-mail: robert.catena@wsu.edu

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Karl Englund - Assistant Research Professor & Extension Specialist
Joined WSU in 2001; Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2001 from Washington State University, Pullman, WA
office: Research Park B
Telephone: 509 335 6259
E-mail: englund@wsu.edu

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Yi Gu - Assistant Professor of Physics
Joined WSU in 2007; Ph.D. Columbia University
office: Webster Physical Sciences 544
Telephone: 509 335 7208
E-mail: yigu@wsu.edu

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Yogendra Gupta - Regents Professor & Director, Institute for Shock Physics
Joined WSU in 1981; Ph.D. (Physics) Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, 1972
office: Webster 948c
Telephone: 509 335 7217
E-mail: ymgupta@wsu.edu

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Christian Mailhiot - Professor & Extension Specialist
Joined WSU in 2015; Ph.D., Applied Physics, from California Institute of Technology, 1983.
office: Morrill Hall, Room 208C
Telephone: 509 335 7032
E-mail: chrisian.mailhiot@wsu.edu

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Vikram Yadama - Associate Professor
Joined WSU in 1998; Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2002 - Washington State University, Pullman, WA
office: Research Park B
Telephone: 509 335 6261
E-mail: vyadama@wsu.edu

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Choong-Shik Yoo - Professor
Joined WSU in 2007; Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, 1986 from University of California, Los Angeles
office: Fulmer 549 & Shock Physics 242
Telephone: 509 335 2712
E-mail: csyoo@wsu.edu

Adjunct Research Faculty


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Michael J. Anderson - Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Joined MME in 2016; PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University, 1989
Home Institution: University of Idaho
Telephone: 208 669 1882
E-mail: anderson@uidaho.edu

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Leo Fifield - Senior Research Scientist
Joined MME in 2016; PhD, Analytical Chemistry, 2003 – University of Washington
Home Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Telephone: 509 375 6424
E-mail: leo.fifield@pnl.gov

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Neil C. Hyatt - Adjunct
Joined MME in 2016;
Home Institution:
Telephone: 509 335 8654
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Sankar Jayaram - Adjunct Professor
Joined MME in 1993; Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1989
Home Institution:
Telephone: 509 335 8654
E-mail: sjayaram@wsu.edu

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Uma Jayaram - Adjunct Associate Professor
Joined MME in 1994; Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia tech in 1991
Home Institution:
Telephone: 509 335 8654
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Ronald P. Omberg - Professor - PNNL Project Manager
Joined MME in 2013; Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Home Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Telephone: 509 375 6697
E-mail: ron.omberg@pnl.gov

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Michael Richey - Adjunct
Joined MME in 2016;
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Telephone: 509 335 8654
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Pui Ching (Amy) Wo - Adjunct Faculty
Joined MME in 2012; Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Materials Science), University of Hong Kong, 2006.
Home Institution:
Telephone: 509 335 8654
E-mail: amy.p.c.wo@wsu.edu

Emeritus Faculty


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Stephen D. Antolovich - Emeritus Professor
Joined MME in 1992; Ph.D. in Materials Science from University of California, 1966

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Walter J. Grantham - Emeritus Professor
Joined MME in 1978; Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Arizona in 1973

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John P. Hirth - Emeritus Professor
Joined MME in 1988; Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1958

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Richard G. Hoagland - Emeritus Professor
Joined MME in 1987; Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1973

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David V. Hutton - Emeritus Professor
Joined MME in 1981; Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1974

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William E. Johns - Emeritus Associate Professor
Joined MME in 1978; Ph.D. in Wood Science from University of Minnesota in 1972

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D. Bruce Masson - Emeritus Professor
Joined MME in 1960; Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Chicago in 1958.

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Larry C. Olsen - Emeritus Professor
Joined MME in 1981; Ph.D. in Physics from University of Kansas in 1965

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B. R. Ramaprian - Emeritus Professor
Joined MME in 1985; Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1969

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David E. Stock - Emeritus Professor
Joined MME in 1972; Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University in 1972

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Timothy R. Troutt - Emeritus Professor
Joined MME in 1980; PhD, in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, 1978
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