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Engineering

The purpose of the Engineering major is to develop in students the necessary knowledge and analytical skills for  professional engineering practice or for successful graduate studies. The Engineering program is characterized by breadth but permits study in depth, to include attaining a specialization in civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering. The Engineering major also provides for flexibility to address the unknown challenges of the 21st century. In consultation with an academic advisor, students may design a Custom Specialization to prepare for emerging fields not immediately definable with traditional specializations.

Engineers apply the principles of mathematics and the laws of natural science to analyze, design, develop and devise improvements that benefit humanity. The Engineering program consists of a course of study in mathematics, science, and engineering fundamentals during the first two years of study. Students then tailor their program to their own specific needs by selection, with the assistance of their advisor, of appropriate elective courses constituting a specialization. The resulting curriculum is designed to achieve a balance between science and engineering, to provide an understanding of the economic and social implications of engineering activity, and to develop creative talents. This program includes the necessary topics found on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

David Segala
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
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David Segala

David
Segala
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
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James Dorothy
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
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James Dorothy

James
Dorothy
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
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Gianfranco Rigamonti
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
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Gianfranco Rigamonti

Gianfranco
Rigamonti
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
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Robert Koch
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
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Robert Koch

Robert
Koch
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
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Elizabeth Magliula
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
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Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering

Elizabeth Magliula

Elizabeth
Magliula
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
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Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering
Benjamin D. McPheron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering

BSEE Ohio Northern University
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University

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(401) 254-3845
SE111
Areas of Expertise: 
Electrical Engineering, Control Systems, Signal Processing

Benjamin D. McPheron

Benjamin D.
McPheron
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering

BSEE Ohio Northern University
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University

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(401) 254-3845
SE111
Areas of Expertise: 
Electrical Engineering, Control Systems, Signal Processing

Benjamin McPheron joined the SECCM faculty in Fall of 2014, following the completion of his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park in August 2014.  His dissertation work studied the application of digital control systems to high magnetic field powered magnets as a step toward enabling Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in these systems.  Dr. McPheron completed the majority of his hands on work at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida.

At RWU, Dr. McPheron has research interests in Applications of Dynamic Modeling and Control, Audio and Image Processing, Assistive Medical Devices, and Engineering Education.

Dr. McPheron teaches ENGR 115 – Computer Applications for Engineers, ENGR 240 – Circuit Theory and Lab, ENGR 424 – Digital Signal Processing, ENGR 445 – Dynamic Modeling and Control, and ENGR 460 – Electromagnetic Theory.

Nicole Martino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering

B.S. & M.S. University of Rhode Island
Ph.D. Northeastern University

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(401) 254-3871
SE110
Areas of Expertise: 
Civil Engineering

Nicole Martino

Nicole
Martino
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering

B.S. & M.S. University of Rhode Island
Ph.D. Northeastern University

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(401) 254-3871
SE110
Areas of Expertise: 
Civil Engineering
Charles Thangaraj, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering

B.S. Anna University (Formerly Bharathiyar University)
M.S. & Ph.D. Colorado State University

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(401) 254-3868
SE109
Areas of Expertise: 
Electrical Engineering

Charles Thangaraj

Charles
Thangaraj
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering

B.S. Anna University (Formerly Bharathiyar University)
M.S. & Ph.D. Colorado State University

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(401) 254-3868
SE109
Areas of Expertise: 
Electrical Engineering

Charles Thangaraj joined the SEECM faculty in the fall semester of 2014. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering degrees in 2009 and 2005 from Colorado State University, respectively. He has a B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University (Formerly Bharathiyar University), earned in 2001. He joined RWU after working in the high-tech semiconductor industry for five years and a brief year and a half teaching opportunity at a prestigious undergraduate engineering school in Southern California.

Dr. Thangaraj's research focused on two broad areas, namely, semiconductor technology with a focus on optical interconnects and engineering system level modeling and design optimization. At RWU he focuses his research broadly in energy systems, particularly alternate/green energy systems adoption and embedded systems applications for humanitarian and quality-of-life improvement.

At RWU, he teaches courses in electrical engineering such as Circuit Theory, Engineering Electronics, Digital System Design and Microprocessors.

Charles R. Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Engineering

B.S. University of Rochester
M.S. & Ph.D. Boston University

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(401) 254-3259
SE 117
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering with a focus in acoustics,

Charles R. Thomas

Charles R.
Thomas
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Engineering

B.S. University of Rochester
M.S. & Ph.D. Boston University

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(401) 254-3259
SE 117
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering with a focus in acoustics,

Charles Thomas joined the SECCM faculty in Fall of 2005, after completing a year-long postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University whose focus was in the role of bubbles in High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound.  He earned his Ph.D. (2004) and M.S. (2003) degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Boston University as well.  He earned a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Rochester, in 1998.

Dr. Thomas’ thesis work focused on studying the effects of ambient (i.e. gravitational) acceleration on Single Bubble Sonoluminescence.  This work included the exciting opportunity to fly aboard the NASA’s weightless wonder.

While at RWU, his main research activity has been an exciting collaboration with Dr. Dale Leavitt (RWU, Marine Biology), focusing on aquaculture.  They have worked, with a number of students, on an EPA-funded project to convert a fossil fuel-powered fish grow-out facility to a solar-powered facility.

Matthew R. Stein, Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering

B.S. Rutgers College of Engineering
M.S. University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Contact Information
(401) 254-3489
SE 106
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering

Matthew R. Stein

Matthew R.
Stein
Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering

B.S. Rutgers College of Engineering
M.S. University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

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(401) 254-3489
SE 106
Areas of Expertise: 
Mechanical Engineering

Matthew Stein joined the SECCM faculty in Fall of 1999, after teaching five years at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre PA.  He earned his Ph.D. (1994) from the University of Pennsylvania an M.S. (1986)  from the University of California, Berkeley and  B.S. degree in 1985 from Rutgers University, all in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Stein researchers in the field of Robotics, specifically remote control of robotic devices over the internet. He developed the PumaPaint site (1998-2004) that allowed over 200,000 users to paint real pictures over the internet with a robot.

While at RWU, his main research activity has been developing a robotic avatar or remotely attending laboratory courses.  In 2010 Dr. Stein spent a sabbatical at Le Institut de Recherche en Communications et en Cybernétique de Nantes as a visiting professor in the European Master on Advanced Robotics (EMARO) Program.