EESP Program Instructors

 Osama Jadaan

Dr. Osama Jaadan

Program Director,
Chair of the Department of Engineering

Dr. Jadaan is the chair of the Department of Engineering and professor of mechanical and civil engineering. He is an expert in probabilistic design, computational methods, structural mechanics, and design against mechanical failure. He earned 16 faculty research fellowships at NASA and the Department of Energy, and consulted for companies including Caterpillar and FMCTechnologies. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics and a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Penn State University.

 Shehla Arif

Dr. Shehla Arif

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Arif is an expert in fluid dynamics, fracture mechanics, and soft matter. She is also interested in clean energy solutions as well as improved medical devices. Her mission is to make this world a better place project by project. She earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, M.S. from Bucknell University, and B.S. from the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan.

Josh Gargac 

Dr. Josh Gargac

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Gargac is an expert in the application of finite element analysis to bone tissue mechanics. He performed bioengineering research at Purdue University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His other academic interests include adaptable prosthetics, computer aided design, SAE Baja, and robotic football. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and B.S. from Ohio Northern University. 

Chad Korach 

Dr. Chad Korach

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Korach is an expert in mechanical systems, manufacturing, and advanced materials. His scholarly research has focused on tribology, composites and nanoscale systems. He has experience in the paper industry, the U.S. Department of Defense and national laboratories. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a B.S. and M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all three in mechanical engineering.

 Yan Liu

Dr. Yan Liu

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Dr. Liu, an expert in geotechnical engineering, has focused his research on the non-destructive testing of deep foundation and infrastructure materials. He has a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Master and Bachelor of Science degree from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. He is a professional engineer in multiple U.S. states and owns a lifetime PDCA Pile Testing Efficiency Certificate.

 Hans Tritico

Dr. Hans Tritico

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Dr. Tritico is an expert in water resources engineering, fish passage engineering, and stream restoration. His scholarly research has focused on the effects of turbulence on aquatic systems. Dr. Tritico has experience as a private consultant and with the Department of Energy National Labs. He holds a joint Ph.D. in civil engineering and aquatic ecology from the University of Michigan.


Professor Michael Kachilla

Assistant Professor, Economics, Accounting and Business Administration
Internship Coordinator and Director, Entrepreneurial Studies Program

Professor Kachilla has extensive experience in operating his own business along with working with other businesses to improve their performance. He currently teaches Introduction to Business, a course in professional development, the New Venture Planning course and Introduction to Leadership. His latest focus is on developing the entrepreneurial mindset of his students with a focus on problem-solving, innovation, creativity and cross discipline collaboration. Professor Kachilla earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and a Masters from Ohio University.

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