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Katie Barnard



Meets with students with last names A-C.
Meets and advises Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students, helping students develop educational plans and assisting them from admission to graduation. Assists students with non-financial matters relating to academics, such as major exploration, course planning, registration, transfer credit evaluation, advanced degree requirements, DARS exceptions, and graduation reviews and clearances. Advises undergraduates who are interested in the BS/MS graduate program.

Tiffany Benson



Oversees daily operations of department support staff. Processes payroll and serves as HR liaison. Supervises financial management and department budget. Processes faculty appointments and provides administrative support for Retention, Promotion and Tenure processes.

Quinton Christensen



Supports the operation of the mechatronics and robotics teaching laboratories to ensure the educational objectives of the laboratory exercises are successfully met.

Jeff Kessler



Day-to-day supervision and management of the department’s technical staff, develop and maintain student and research laboratories, and development of new experiments under the supervision of faculty; responsible for maintenance for related equipment in the three divisions of the department: Design, Thermal Fluids, and Manufacturing. Conducts composite materials research and testing.

Michael Knutson



Responsible for designing & machining in student machine shop and instructing students on the proper operation & safety of machining equipment.

Benjamin Petrie



Meets with students with last names N-Z.
Meets and advises Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students helping students develop educational plans and assisting them from admission to graduation. Assists students with non-financial matters relating to academics, such as major exploration, course planning, registration, transfer credit evaluation, advanced degree requirements, DARS exceptions, and graduation reviews and clearances. Advises undergraduates who are interested in the BS/MS graduate program.

Liz Reiser



Provides accounting and grant-related support to the Ergonomics and Safety Program, including managing accounts, assisting with grant and contract proposals, coordinating payroll with department administration, and assisting graduate students with training grant activities. Coordinates administrative activities.

Taylor Ritzman



Processes purchase requests for department courses and department research labs. Prepares financial reports for department and faculty activities, supports budget process.

Tony Roehrig



Responsible for maintaining, repairing, and fabricating electronic equipment for labs and department, handles inventory, and maintains, oversees, and schedules audio and visual aid equipment.

Kirstin Schmutz



Processes travel reimbursements and travel arrangements for department guests. Purchases department catering and department supplies. Supports major department events with Administrative Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Advising, and Graduate Advising. Provides payroll and accounting support.

Tom Slowik



Oversees daily operation of student machine shop and Pro Shop and supervision of technical staff.

Jason Smith



Computer Manager, guru, trouble-shooter, and is responsible for maintenance of department computing and networking needs.

Morgan Sriphong-Ngarm



Meets with students with last names D-M.
Meets and advises Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students helping students develop educational plans and assisting them from admission to graduation. Assists students with non-financial matters relating to academics, such as major exploration, course planning, registration, transfer credit evaluation, advanced degree requirements, DARS exceptions, and graduation reviews and clearances. Advises undergraduates who are interested in the BS/MS graduate program.

Davey Stevenson



Provides marketing and administrative support for the department, including website management, graphic design, and writing. Supports faculty search, design day, and other activities. Assistant to the department chair.

Michelle G. Turner



Meets and advises Mechanical Engineering graduate students, helping students develop educational plans and assisting them from admission to graduation. Assists students with matters relating to academics, such as, course planning, registration, student record management, tuition benefit enrollment, graduation, and thesis and dissertation formatting.

Joy Velarde



Plans and attends recruitment and outreach events for prospective high school, transfer and graduate students. Department contact for course scheduling, transfer course articulation and transfer student admissions. Available for video and phone appointments.

Matt Wright



Computer Manager, guru, trouble-shooter, and is responsible for maintenance of department computing and networking needs.