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Sechel Ventures owns and operates OnlineEngineeringPrograms.com (OEP). The mission of Sechel is to provide rich and informative content that addresses specific educational questions in fields with good to excellent career outlooks, such as engineering.

On OEP, the Sechel editorial team will be building out responses to frequently asked questions about online engineering education, addressing basic educational questions (Engineering 101), more detailed questions on the process, requirements, and steps to become an engineer (Becoming an Engineer), and a comparison of different branches of engineering (Specialization vs Specialization) in the FAQ. In addition, the team will provide a listing of programs by branch, doing a deep dive into several top programs and profiling each one’s professors and value propositions.

Experts Interviewed on onlineengineeringprograms.com

Abhishek Chandra, PhD
Abhishek Chandra, PhD

Dr. Abhishek Chandra is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He co-leads the Distributed Computing Systems Group Lab at the University. He received his MS and PhD in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Chandra’s research interests are in the areas of operating systems and distributed systems. His research focuses on resource management and performance in large-scale distributed systems to achieve reliability, scalability, and manageability. His recent focus has been on designing and optimizing systems for data-intensive computing applications in cloud and edge computing platforms, especially for data generated near end-users (e.g., mobile and IoT data).

Dr. Chandra is a lifetime member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and a member of IEEE. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, the IBM Faculty Award, the Cisco Research Award, and several Best Paper awards and nominations. He is currently serving on the Steering Committees for IEEE IC2E (as co-chair) and ACM HPDC conferences. He has served as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing and IEEE Transactions on Computers, as General Co-Chair for ACM HPDC 2021, and as program co-chair for IEEE ICDCS 2021, ACM HPDC 2018, and IC2E 2018 conferences. In addition, he has served on the organizing and program committees of several conferences in his research area.

Alex Fielding
Alex Fielding

Alex Fielding is the co-founder and CEO of Ripcord, a robotics company on a mission to take the world paperless. He began his career as an engineer for Cisco Systems and Apple, where he worked on multiple generations of macOS and PowerBook.

In 2001, Fielding co-founded Wheels of Zeus with Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak; it was sold to Zontrak in 2006. Today, Fielding sits on the boards of the CodeWarrior Foundation and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) and is on the advisory board of Astra Space.

Ashok K. Goel, PhD
Ashok K. Goel, PhD

Dr. Ashok K. Goel is a professor of computer science and human-centered computing in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches classes in knowledge-based artificial intelligence, computational creativity, and cognitive science. He is also the director of Georgia Tech’s Design & Intelligence Laboratory, and the chief scientist for Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities.

In addition to his widespread involvement in academic journals, conferences, and initiatives, Professor Goel pioneered the development of Jill Watson, an AI-powered teaching assistant. His current research projects explore design thinking and systems thinking in scientific modeling, visual thinking on intelligence tests, and analogical thinking and meta-thinking in human-robot interaction. Notably, he’s the author of two recent influential papers in the Journal of Thoracic Imaging: "Augmenting Interpretation of Chest Radiographs With Deep Learning Probability Maps" and "Deep Learning Localization of Pneumonia".

Daniel D. Stancil, PhD
Daniel D. Stancil, PhD

Dr. Daniel Stancil is the Alcoa Distinguished Professor and the executive director of the IBM Quantum Hub at NC State. He holds engineering degrees from Tennessee Tech (BSEE) and MIT (MS, EE, and PhD). He has spent many years as a professor of electrical and computer engineering at both Carnegie Mellon University and NC State.

While at CMU, he served as associate head of the ECE Department and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering. He was head of the ECE Department at NC State from 2009 to 2023.

Dr. Stancil’s research has included such varied topics as magnetic films, optics, microwaves, wireless channels, antennas, remote labs, and particle physics. The demonstration of neutrino communications by a multidisciplinary team coordinated by Dr. Stancil was recognized by Physics World Magazine as one of the Top 10 Physics Breakthroughs of 2012. His work has received additional recognitions including an IR 100 Award and a Photonics Circle of Excellence Award. Dr. Stancil is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a past president of the IEEE Magnetics Society.

Daniel Koehler, PhD
Daniel Koehler, PhD

Dr. Daniel Koehler is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where he champions forward-thinking architectural theory and design research. His work takes a deep dive into the fascinating crossroads of generative AI, architectural theory, and research by design, projecting optimistic futures through the synergy of architecture.

Specializing in generative systems and compositional histories, Dr. Koehler seeks to understand the impact of AI on urban architecture. He is a respected voice in the architecture community, with over 50 publications, including a monograph, edited volumes, and conference papers. He holds a bachelor’s of science in architecture from the University of Dortmund, a master’s in architecture from the University of Applied Arts - Studio Hadid Vienna, Austria, and a PhD in architecture and urban design from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Darin Gray, EdD
Darin Gray, EdD

Dr. Darin Gray is the director of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering K-12 STEM Center. The Center’s mission is to inspire, inform, and impact underserved, disadvantaged, and historically underrepresented K-12 students to develop a lifelong identity in STEM.

In addition to his 27 years of service at USC, Gray has worked as an engineer at Hughes Aircraft and as a part-time teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is also a sergeant in the California State Guard, where he provides cybersecurity training and assists with the cybersecurity of State systems.

Dr. Gray has presented at the American Society of Engineering Education Conference, the California STEM Symposium, the State of STEM Conference, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, and the Magnet Schools of America Conference. In 2020, he received the James E. Ballinger Engineer of the Year award.

Deidra Hodges, PhD
Deidra Hodges, PhD

Dr. Deidra R. Hodges is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Florida International University. She is an exceptional leader in photovoltaics (PV) and solar energy research with extensive experience in PV and X- and gamma-ray radiation detectors for National Security. She is highly focused on advancing renewable energy, sustainability, nuclear materials, and extreme photon sensing.

Dr. Hodges’ contributions include supporting and developing the pixilated cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) gamma detector at Brookhaven National Laboratory and highly efficient thin-film mixed perovskite halides photovoltaics. She has achieved perovskite solar cell power conversion efficiencies greater than 21 percent, approaching the world record efficiency of 25.2 percent.

Dr. Hodges’ network spans many Department of Energy government laboratories, including BNL, Idaho National Laboratory, Kansas City National Security Center Honeywell FM&T, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, collaborating with Scientists and as a user of facilities.

Donald Gelosh, PhD
Donald Gelosh, PhD

Dr. Donald Gelosh is director of systems engineering programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He received his MS in computer systems design from the University of Houston at Clear Lake and his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Gelosh supports the needs of WPI’s corporate partners and their students and is a strong advocate for the advancement of the practice of systems engineering through his efforts with the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the Systems Engineering Division of the National Defense Industrial Association. He has over 40 years of systems engineering experience from various assignments with the US Air Force, government, industry, and academia.

George Crabtree, PhD
George Crabtree, PhD

Dr. George Crabtree is a senior scientist and distinguished fellow at Argonne National Laboratory; distinguished professor of physics, mechanical and electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). He received his BS in science engineering, his MS in physics, and his PhD in condensed matter physics.

In the course of his distinguished career, he's published more than 440 scientific papers on topics that range from energy policy to next-gen battery materials to sustainable energy. He’s led Department of Energy (DOE) workshops on energy storage, co-chaired assessments of the DOE’s applied energy programs, and testified before Congress about the challenges and opportunities associated with sustainable energy. In 2018, Crabtree's team at JCESR received the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award for its work in the future of next-gen batteries.

Herman Tang, MBA, PhD
Herman Tang, MBA, PhD

Dr. Herman Tang is a professor and program coordinator in the master of science in quality management program at Eastern Michigan University Gameabove College of Engineering & Technology. He earned his MBA in industrial management from Baker College and his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Before joining EMU, Dr. Tang was a lead engineering specialist at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). At FCA, he led the engineering specialist team that evaluated, analyzed, and helped improve the system performance and capability (productivity and quality) of body, paint, and general assembly at the vehicle assembly plants. He also worked on the manufacturing development for five vehicle programs and launch support for seven vehicle programs.

James Lester, PhD
James Lester, PhD

Dr. James Lester is the Goodnight Distinguished University Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at North Carolina State University. He is the director of the Center for Educational Informatics and the National Science Foundation AI Institute for Engaged Learning. His research centers on transforming education with artificial intelligence. His current work ranges from AI-driven narrative-centered learning environments and virtual agents for learning to multimodal learning analytics and sketch-based learning environments.

Dr. Lester received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, four Best Paper Awards, and the International Federation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems Influential Paper Award. At North Carolina State University, he has been recognized with the Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award, the Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, and the Army Futures Command. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. He is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Jason Corso, PhD
Jason Corso, PhD

Dr. Jason Corso is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan. His primary research focuses on high-level computer vision, with an emphasis on video understanding for physical engagement with the environment by agents (e.g., robots).

Dr. Corso has published on a large number of problems in this space, but his primary areas are video segmentation and video action recognition. His company, Voxel51 LLC, seeks to expose video understanding in a commercial setting.

Jeff Gill, PhD, MBA
Jeff Gill, PhD, MBA

Dr. Jeff Gill is a distinguished professor in the Department of Government and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at American University's School of Public Affairs. He is also a Center for Neuroscience and Behavior member, the inaugural director at the School of Public Affairs' Center for Data Science, and the editor-in-chief of the renowned journal Political Analysis.

Dr. Gill coordinates and supports empirical research across the campus by developing links with federal agencies, providing research support to faculty and graduate students, and building infrastructure to handle large and complex datasets. His research applies Bayesian modeling and data analysis (decision theory, testing, model selection, elicited priors) to questions in general social science quantitative methodology, political behavior and institutions, medical/health data analysis (especially physiology, circulation/blood, pediatric traumatic brain injury, and epidemiological measurement/data issues), using computationally intensive tools.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in math from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s of business administration from Georgetown University, and a PhD from American University.

Jiang Hu, PhD
Jiang Hu, PhD

Dr. Jiang Hu is a professor and co-director of graduate programs in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his BS in optical engineering from Zhejiang University, and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Hu’s research interests include electronic design automation (EDA), computer architecture, approximate computing, and machine learning for EDA.

Dr. Hu has received five IEEE Conference Best Paper Awards, the IBM Invention Achievement Award, and the Humboldt Research Fellowship. He has served on the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems editorial boards and the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems. He was the general chair of the ACM International Symposium on Physical Design 2012, and was named an IEEE fellow in 2016. Dr. Hu co-authored Machine Learning Applications in Electronic Design Automation, released in 2022.

Jie Yin, PhD
Jie Yin, PhD

Dr. Jie Yin is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University. He earned his MS in solid mechanics from Tsinghua University and his PhD in engineering mechanics from Columbia University.

Before joining NC State, he worked as a postdoctoral associate at MIT and an assistant and associate professor at Temple University. He received the Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), an NSF CAREER Award, and an Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award. Dr. Yin’s group’s research is on both fundamental mechanics and functionality of novel materials and structures at all scales.

Jung-Eun Kim, PhD
Jung-Eun Kim, PhD

Dr. Jung-Eun Kim is an assistant professor of computer science at North Carolina State University. She received her BS and MS in computer science and engineering at Seoul National University, and her PhD in computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the faculty at NCSU, Dr. Kim was an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Syracuse University and an associate research scientist in computer science at Yale University.

Dr. Kim’s research focuses on the bias and efficiency of AI and deep learning. She is particularly interested in the tradeoffs between performance, resource consumption, and other factors when designing robust, reliable, and sustainable models. She has served on the program committee of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), the Design Automation Conference (DAC), and the Design, Automation, and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference.

Kara Kockelman, PhD
Kara Kockelman, PhD

Dr. Kara Kockelman is the Dewitt Greer Centennial Professor of Transportation Engineering at the University of Texas and a leading expert on autonomous vehicles and traffic engineering. Among her many honors, she has received the Beijing Overseas Talent Pool Award, the Google Research Award, the James Laurie Prize in Transportation Engineering, the Walter L. Huber Research Prize in Transportation Engineering, and the Young Researcher’s Award from the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Statistical Methods.

Dr. Kockelman has authored or contributed to more than 175 academic papers, books, and articles. She holds a bachelor's, a master's and a doctorate in civil engineering, as well as a master's in city planning—all from the University of California, Berkeley.

Karen Horting, CAE
Karen Horting, CAE

Karen Horting is the Executive Director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a position she’s held since 2014. In her prior role as Deputy Executive Director, Horting oversaw the Society’s professional development, K-12 outreach, the annual conference, and international expansion.

Prior to joining SWE, Horting worked for both the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She currently serves on the Leadership Circle of the 50K Coalition, the FIRST Robotics Board of Directors, the Automation Federation Board of Directors, the STEM Ed Coalition Board of Directors, and the Association Forum CAE Working Group.

Kartik Chandran, PhD
Kartik Chandran, PhD

Dr. Kartik Chandran, a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, is an American environmental engineer focusing on environmental molecular and microbiology, biotechnology, and engineering. He is a world-renowned expert on wastewater treatment and resource recovery. His research primarily focuses on uncovering the molecular microbial ecology and metabolic pathways of the microbial nitrogen cycle.

The practical applications of his work include developing sustainable approaches to sanitation, energy and resource-efficient treatment of nitrogen-containing wastewater streams, and innovative models for resource recovery. He was a co-author of the “Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Addressing the Grand Challenges” report published in 2019 by the National Academies.

Kristen Parrish, PhD
Kristen Parrish, PhD

Dr. Kristen Parrish is an associate professor and graduate program chair for the construction management and technology degrees in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

Dr. Parrish’s expertise is in energy-efficient building design and construction. In particular, she explores how non-technological barriers to energy efficiency influence design and construction processes and develops novel approaches to address these barriers. Her work also explores the planning and delivery processes for capital projects. She has co-developed several tools that assist capital project teams in planning and has supported efforts to integrate energy efficiency into design standards and guidelines at ASU and other institutions. Finally, her work explores how to create more inclusive classrooms and cultures for engineering and science at ASU and beyond.

Dr. Parrish is the associate director of the RISE (Research in Inclusive STEM Education) Center at ASU and a member of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Inclusion Faculty Advisory Council (IFAC). She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the American Society for Engineering Education.

Leilei Duan, PhD
Leilei Duan, PhD

Dr. Leilei Duan is a lecturer with the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. She earned her PhD in design, construction, and planning from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at the Spatial Science Institute, Duan was an instructor for 3D modeling, visualization, and simulation at the University of Florida. Her current research and teaching interests include the application of GIS in urban planning and other aspects of GeoDesign.

Duan has presented her research at numerous conferences, including those of the Geodesign Summit and the American Association of Geographers. She is also the founder and administrator of the GeoDesign Wiki website

Massimiliano Moruzzi
Massimiliano Moruzzi

Massimiliano (Max) Moruzzi is co-founder and CEO of Xaba (Xaba.ai), a startup focused on intelligent automation to enable sustainable manufacturing. Moruzzi has an extensive 15-year career as lead scientist and business innovator in sustainable materials and disruptive manufacturing process automation, including work for Autodesk.

As the lead scientist and director of business development for Magestic Inc., he was responsible for revolutionizing the business models of major OEMs in the aerospace (Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin) and automotive (FCA, GM, FORD, Lamborghini, Ferrari) industries.

Matthew Eisaman, PhD
Matthew Eisaman, PhD

Dr. Matthew Eisaman is a tenured associate professor at Yale University in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture. His expertise extends beyond academia to the entrepreneurial world, where he co-founded Ebb Carbon—a pioneering startup in San Carlos, California—dedicated to revolutionizing ocean-based carbon dioxide removal and combating ocean acidification through electrochemical ocean alkalinity enhancement.

He holds a PhD in physics from Harvard University and a bachelor of arts in physics from Princeton University. His research interest lies in utilizing Earth’s natural processes to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis. Current projects include innovative approaches to ocean carbon dioxide removal; studying ramifications on marine life; enhancing Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) methods; and exploring integrative solutions such as the amalgamation of oceanic and geochemical carbon dioxide removal strategies.

Michael Todd, PhD
Michael Todd, PhD

Dr. Michael Todd, a Professor of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego, is a leading researcher in the structural health monitoring of civil, mechanical, and aerospace engineering projects. As one of the pioneers of “smart structures”—self-measuring systems which send performance feedback—his adeptness with both hardware and software have made him a leading structural engineer internationally today.

Dr. Todd received numerous awards, including the Alan Berman NRL Publication Award (1999), NRL Patent Awards (2003 and 2004), the Fifth International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring’s Professional of the Year (2005), and the Von Liebig Entrepreneurship Award (2005). He’s a member of UCSD’s OUT List—an organization of LGBTQ faculty and administrative professionals—as well as a member of QuEST, an LGBTQ engineering society based in San Diego.

Oleg Zikanov, PhD
Oleg Zikanov, PhD

Dr. Oleg Zikanov is a professor and chair of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He earned his MS in mechanics from Moscow State University and his PhD in fluid dynamics and plasma physics from the Institute for Problems in Mechanics.

Before joining the faculty at UM-Dearborn, Dr. Zikanov conducted research at TU Darmstadt, TU Dresden, and Florida Atlantic University. His areas of research interest include computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer; magnetohydrodynamics; liquid metal technologies in energy applications; thermal convection; and hydrodynamic instabilities and transition to turbulence. He is the author of Essential Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Paul Laskowski, PhD
Paul Laskowski, PhD

Dr. Paul Laskowski is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches courses in data science. He earned his AB in applied mathematics from Harvard University and his PhD in information management and systems from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Laskowski studies the interaction between computer networks and economic incentives. To understand how modern network industries differ from more traditional ones, he creates game-theoretic modeling frameworks that incorporate network topology as a critical input—he is especially interested in applying these to contemporary policy debates, including digital content distribution, future internet architectures, and net neutrality.

Before coming to Berkeley, Dr. Laskowski was the lead developer for Project INDIGO, which stands for Information Diffusion and Growth. This project was started by Marshall Van Alstyne of the University of Michigan's School of Information as a tool for the development and communication of information models. In recent years, the tool has grown into a general development environment for agent-based simulations.

Peter DeCarlo, PhD
Peter DeCarlo, PhD

Dr. Peter DeCarlo is an associate professor of environmental health and engineering at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. He studies atmospheric air pollution with applications to ambient air quality, including atmospheric aerosols and emissions from anthropogenic activities including natural gas development.

Dr. DeCarlo has published extensively in the areas of atmospheric aerosols (particulate matter), air quality, and climate. He has performed air quality measurements all over the world and visited many Congressional offices to discuss climate change and air quality issues. He received his PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Colorado. He earned a postdoctoral fellowship at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland and an AAAS Science Policy Fellowship in Washington DC.

Peter Hosemann, PhD
Peter Hosemann, PhD

Dr. Peter Hosemann is a professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California Berkeley, where he is also the department chair. He received his MS and PhD degrees in material science from Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria.

Prior to joining the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, Dr. Hosemann was a graduate research assistant and a post-doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research features experimental material science for nuclear applications, with a focus on the structural materials used for nuclear components.

Robert C. Voigt, PhD
Robert C. Voigt, PhD

Dr. Robert Voigt is a professor of industrial engineering at Penn State University, a position he’s held for over 30 years. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD in metallurgical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, Dr. Voigt served as a professor at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Voigt’s research is largely focused on manufacturing, with particular areas of interest including metal casting, pollution prevention, welding, heat treatment, physical metallurgy, and dimensional control. Throughout his career at Penn State University, he has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award, the Outstanding Research Award, and the Outstanding Advisor Award. Dr. Voigt is a fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Ruth Charney, PhD
Ruth Charney, PhD

Dr. Ruth Charney is the President of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). She is also the Theodore and Evelyn Berenson Professor of Mathematics at Brandeis University, where she researches geometric group theory.

A past president of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), Charney has served on various AMS committees since 1993, and in 2017 completed a five-year term on the Board of Trustees. She is a fellow of both AWM and AMS.

Sanjay Jain, PhD
Sanjay Jain, PhD

Dr. Sanjay Jain is an associate industry professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at the School of Business at the George Washington University (GW). At GW, he teaches graduate classes in the MS programs in project management and business analytics, and in MBA and EMBA programs. He has also participated in delivering international executive programs in project management for GW.

Dr. Jain’s research interests are in the development and application of decision science techniques to complex systems with a current focus on smart manufacturing, supply chains, and project management. He has received research grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (the technical arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce) continuously for over 15 years that added up to nearly $1 million.

Dr. Jain has over 100 publications, including technical reports, papers in technical journals, and refereed conference proceedings. He served as an associate editor of the International Journal of Simulation and Process Modeling for a decade and as a member of the editorial board of International Journal of Industrial Engineering for more than 15 years.

Sara Rothe
Sara Rothe

Sara Rothe is the director of the Engineering Summer Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Rothe is an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and currently serves on the National Convention Planning Committee and is the advisor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate student chapter.

Sha Viswanathan
Sha Viswanathan

Sha Viswanathan is a 14-year veteran at Microsoft, currently serving as a software engineering manager in the company’s cloud and AI division. He studied electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Seattle to start his career at Microsoft. His first five years at the company were spent in research and development of Internet of Things (IoT) when the concept was still in its formative stages. Now, Viswanathan hires and manages teams of engineers that have worked on projects that integrate AI into Windows and other Microsoft products.

Stephen Wallace, DPS, MBA
Stephen Wallace, DPS, MBA

Dr. Stephen Wallace is a professor of practice and program director for the bachelor’s of professional studies (BPS) in applied data and predictive analytics, knowledge management, cybersecurity administration, and computer programming at Syracuse University College of Professional Studies.

Previously, Dr. Wallace spent four years as a professor of practice developing and teaching data science classes at Syracuse’s iSchool. He also served as the program director for the MS in information systems at the iSchool for several months. Prior to his time at Syracuse University, Wallace spent 30+ years working in industry both as an entrepreneur and a C-level technology executive.

Dr. Wallace received his doctor of professional studies in computing from Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. He holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management and a BS in operations management from Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management.

Steven D. Fleming, PhD
Steven D. Fleming, PhD

Dr. Steven D. Fleming is a professor of the practice of spatial sciences in the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. He earned his BS in computer science from West Point, his master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, and both his master’s and his doctorate in geography from the University of Georgia. His research and teaching is focused on four areas: the applications of geospatial technologies for national defense; emerging terrestrial, airborne, and space-based image collection systems; online and blended training using mobile devices; and the dynamic mapping of coastal regions.

A retired colonel in the US Army, Fleming has command, staff, and combat experience, twice deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Fleming served as deputy head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at West Point. In addition to his role at USC’s Spatial Science Institute, Fleming is also a research professor with the USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, a DoD-sponsored research center that works in collaboration with the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL).

Sudeep Pasricha, PhD
Sudeep Pasricha, PhD

Dr. Sudeep Pasricha is a Walter Scott Jr. College of engineering professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Systems Engineering at Colorado State University. He is the director of the Embedded, High Performance, and Intelligent Computing (EPIC) Laboratory and the chair of computer engineering.

Dr. Pasricha has co-authored seven books, holds multiple patents, and has published more than 300 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, workshops, and books. He has given multiple invited keynotes at IEEE and ACM conferences on various topics that span optical computing, AI acceleration with silicon photonics, machine learning for IoT applications, sustainable data centers, and robust chip-scale networks. His research has been funded by various sponsors, including NSF, SRC, AFOSR, DOE, ORNL, DoD, Fiat-Chrysler, HPE, and NASA. He is a fellow of the IEEE, a fellow of AAIA, a distinguished member of the ACM, and an ACM distinguished speaker.

Thomas Harmon, PhD
Thomas Harmon, PhD

Dr. Thomas Harmon is a founding faculty member and civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California, Merced. He also serves as director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, which oversees the work of over 60 professional researchers and faculty members. Before joining UC Merced, he taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research and teaching interests revolve around developing innovative technologies and methods to sustainably monitor, model, and manage environmental systems.

In addition, he regularly works on identifying viable solutions for complex socio-environmental problems. Dr. Harmon holds a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a master's of science and PhD in environmental engineering from Stanford University. Working alongside other prominent environmental engineers and scientists, he is a co-author of the National Academies' 2019 report “Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Addressing the Grand Challenges.”

Tricia Hatley, PE
Tricia Hatley, PE

Tricia Hatley is the 2020-2021 President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). She serves on numerous committees within the organization. Tricia is a past President of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, where she served in numerous leadership roles and is now a member of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers.

Additionally, she is a Principal and Vice President at Freese and Nichols, Inc (FNI), an engineering, architectural, and environmental firm with offices throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. She has been with FNI for 27 years, and prior to that, she worked at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Vincenzo Piuri, PhD
Vincenzo Piuri, PhD

Dr. Vincenzo Piuri is a Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Milan, Italy, where he was the Department Chair from 2007 to 2012. He received his MS and PhD in computer engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Dr. Piuri’s research and industrial application interests are in AI, intelligent systems, pattern analysis, machine learning, cloud computing, and digital architectures. As one of Italy’s leading scientists, he’s published over 400 scientific papers in international journals, international conferences, books, and book chapters.

Dr. Piruri has held several leadership roles at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is also the founder and co-chair of IEEE’s Environmental Engineering Initiative, an interdisciplinary forum for the environmental engineering community. Dr. Piuri is an IEEE Fellow, a member of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Scientist, and a Senior Member of the International Network for Natural Sciences (INNS).

William Santana Li, MBA
William Santana Li, MBA

William Santana Li is chairman and CEO of California-based robotics security company Knightscope, which serves U.S. airports, corporations, hospitals, stadiums, and other security-sensitive sites. Li leverages his electrical engineering training, entrepreneurial prowess, and passion for robotics to create novel security and law enforcement technologies. Before founding Knightscope, he was Chairman and CEO of the Carbon Motors Corporation, developer of the world’s first purpose-built law enforcement vehicles.

Li also founded and headed Built-to-Order, Model E Corporation, and Greenleaf Health. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's of business administration (MBA) from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Wolfgang Fink, PhD
Wolfgang Fink, PhD

Dr. Wolfgang Fink is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and the inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair in Microelectronics at the University of Arizona. He holds joint appointments in the departments of electrical and computer engineering, biomedical engineering, systems and industrial engineering, aerospace and mechanical engineering, and ophthalmology and vision science.

Dr. Fink is the founder and director of the Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory at Caltech and the University of Arizona and the founder and director of the University of Arizona Center for Informatics and Telehealth in Medicine.

Dr. Fink’s research comprises general smart service systems, autonomous systems, brain-computer interfaces, smart platforms for mobile and telehealth, and computer-optimized design. He was one of the principal investigators of the US Department of Energy’s Artificial Retina consortium—involving six National Laboratories, four universities, and one industry partner—which pioneered the only FDA-approved visual prosthesis to date: the Argus II by Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. Dr. Fink is an AIMBE fellow, a PHMS fellow, an SPIE fellow, an ARVO fellow, and a senior member of IEEE. He holds more than 29 US and foreign patents to date.

Meet the Team

Seth Restaino
Seth Restaino Co-Founder

Seth Restaino has devoted the past 20 years of his professional career to software consulting and educational web publishing, and runs production and engineering for Sechel Ventures, which he co-owns with Barry.

Barry Franklin
Barry Franklin Co-Founder

Before co-founding Sechel Ventures Partners LLC, Barry Franklin was a VP at a Silicon Valley software company. Barry believes that education and lifelong learning are paramount. Barry met his wife at Carnegie Mellon University and they have two beautiful daughters.

Jocelyn Blore
Jocelyn Blore Chief Content Strategist

After graduating from UC Berkeley, Jocelyn traveled the world for five years as an English teacher and freelance writer. After stints in England, Japan, and Brazil, she settled in San Francisco and worked as a managing editor for a tech company. She’s recently become interested in the underrepresented groups in STEM fields and published a piece on Women in Engineering. When Jocelyn isn’t writing about college programs and professors, she satirizes global politics and other absurdities at Blore’s Razor (Instagram: @bloresrazor).

Aimee Hosler
Aimee Hosler Writer

Aimee Hosler is a long-time journalist specializing in education and technology. She is an advocate for experiential learning among all ages and serves as the director of communications for a non-profit community makerspace. She holds a degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Becca Brewer, MEd
Becca Brewer, MEd Writer

Becca is building a better future on a thriving earth by fostering healing, human wholeness, and next-world building through storytelling help, one-on-one self-awareness workshops, and customized team-alignment sessions. She offers these services at a rate of $0.00 to anyone interested (contact her at [email protected] for more information). Previously to her journey as an adventurer for a just, meaningful, and regenerative world, Becca was a formally trained sexuality educator with a master of education.

Cevia Yellin
Cevia Yellin Writer

Cevia Yellin is a freelance writer based in Eugene, Oregon. She studied English and French literature as an undergraduate. After serving two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer, she earned her master of arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Cevia’s travels and experiences working with students of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds have contributed to her interest in the forces that shape identity. She grew up on the edge of Philadelphia, where her mom still lives in her childhood home.

Farheen Gani
Farheen Gani Writer

Farheen Gani has researched a wide array of topics related to engineering since 2018. She has written about electrical and computer engineering programs, structural engineering programs, mechanical engineer salaries, environmental engineering programs, and many other subfields of engineering. She writes about healthcare, technology, education, and marketing. Her work has appeared on websites such as Tech in Asia and Foundr, as well as top SaaS blogs such as Zapier and InVision. You can connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter (@FarheenGani).

Johannes Stitz
Johannes Stitz Writer

Johannes Stitz is a freelance writer and researcher based in the Southwest. He’s written about various topics in engineering careers. Before turning to freelance writing, he spent nearly a decade in the arts as a booker and event manager.

Kenneth Parker
Kenneth Parker Writer

A graduate of the University of Oregon, Kenneth Parker is sometimes a musician and rarely a poet. His work spans copy editing, feature writing, and dissertation development. He researches and writes about a wide range of topics, including healthcare, engineering, and online education.

Kimmy Gustafson
Kimmy Gustafson Writer

With a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities in higher education, Kimmy Gustafson regularly contributes insightful articles to OnlineEngineeringPrograms.com, providing readers with a comprehensive view on the evolving landscape of engineering education since 2019. She has interviewed many engineering experts on a range of subjects, including geoengineering.

Kimmy has been a freelance writer for more than a decade, writing hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics such as startups, nonprofits, healthcare, kiteboarding, the outdoors, and higher education. She is passionate about seeing the world and has traveled to over 27 countries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. When not working, she can be found outdoors, parenting, kiteboarding, or cooking.

Laura Childs
Laura Childs Writer

Laura is a versatile writer and media specialist living in London. She's a California native and has written about arts, culture, and tech in San Francisco. A self-proclaimed data nerd, she loves telling people's stories supported by research. When not writing, Laura teaches and practices yoga.

Matt Zbrog
Matt Zbrog Writer

Matt Zbrog is a writer and researcher from Southern California. Since 2018, he’s written extensively about a wide range of engineering disciplines, with a particular focus on the potential impacts of major technological breakthroughs. His work largely centers around conversations with engineering faculty at top universities, highlighting their research in areas such as nuclear power, artificial intelligence, soft robotics, and semiconductor design. He’s also worked with leaders and subject matter experts at the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Melissa DeCapua, DNP
Melissa DeCapua, DNP Writer

Dr. Melissa DeCapua is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from Vanderbilt University. She has a background in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as psychosomatic medicine. Uniquely, she also possesses a bachelor’s degree in studio arts, which she uses to enhance patient care, promote the nursing profession, and solve complex problems. Melissa currently works as a design researcher at Microsoft where she guides product development by combining her clinical background and creative thinking. She is a strong advocate for empowering nurses, and she fiercely believes that nurses should play a pivotal role in shaping modern health care. For more about Melissa, check out her blog www.melissadecapua.com and follow her on Twitter @melissadecapua.

Nina Chamlou
Nina Chamlou Writer

Nina Chamlou is an avid writer and multi-media content creator from Portland, OR. She writes about aviation, travel, business, technology, and education. You can find her floating around the Pacific Northwest in diners and coffee shops, studying the locale from behind her MacBook.

Rachel Drummond, MEd
Rachel Drummond, MEd Writer

Rachel Drummond has combined her experience in education and mindfulness to foster a holistic approach to engineering studies since 2019. She explores how nuance can be integrated into repetitive practices, advocating for balancing mental and physical well-being to enhance productivity and innovation in engineering.

Rachel is a writer, educator, and coach from Oregon. She has a master’s degree in education (MEd) and has over 15 years of experience teaching English, public speaking, and mindfulness to international audiences in the United States, Japan, and Spain. She writes about the mind-body benefits of contemplative movement practices like yoga on her blog, inviting people to prioritize their unique version of well-being and empowering everyone to live healthier and more balanced lives.

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