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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Faculty

The mechanical engineering department is composed of a mix of civilian and military faculty members. The strong civilian component (approx. 65%) is unique among service academies, and dates from the earliest days of the Naval School.

Officers typically rotate to the Academy for two or three year assignments, bringing fresh ideas and experiences from operational units of the Navy and Marine Corps. They can also explain how studies at the Academy apply in the fleet and the field. A cadre of officer faculty with doctorates adds another dimension to the teaching staff as Permanent Military Professors.

The Academy’s civilian faculty members give continuity to the educational program and form a core of professional scholarship and teaching experience. All career civilian faculty members have doctoral degrees, and many of them are leading scholars in their fields. Working together, our military and civilian instructors form one of the strongest and most dedicated teaching faculties of any college or university in the United States.

Permanent Faculty

Brad Baker, CAPT, Associate Professor
Stuart Blair, CAPT, Assistant Professor
Cody Brownell , Professor
John Burkhardt, Professor
Patrick Caton, Professor
Jonathan Cheng, Assistant Professor
Jim Cowart, Professor
Brian Earp, CDR, Assistant Professor, Assoc Chair
Steve Graham, Professor
Elizabeth Getto, Associate Professor
Len Hamilton, CAPT (ret), Professor
Andria Jones, LCDR, JPMP, Exec Assistant
Peter Joyce, Professor
Michelle Koul, Professor
Keith Lindler, Professor
Richard Link, Professor
Ethan Lust, Assistant Professor
Luksa Luznik , Professor
Samar Malek, Associate Professor
Stephen McHale, LTC (ret), Associate Professor
Marshall Millett , Associate Professor
Mark Murray, Professor
Joshua Radice, Professor
Emily Retzlaff, Associate Professor
Angel Rodriguez, CDR, Assistant Professor
Joel Schubbe, Professor
Jonathan Slager, CDR, Assistant Professor
Andrew Smith, Professor, Dept Chair
Ralph Volino, Professor
Ron Warzoha, Associate Professor

Instructors, Visiting, Adjunct and Research Professors

Zachary Ceroli, LT
Ken Conley, Adjunct Professor
Linda Craugh, Adjunct Professor
Wallace Elger, Adjunct Professor
Robert E. Fishman, Ph.D., P.E. McNeill Chair 
John Joyce, LCDR
Joseph Latta, LCDR
Colten Lybbert, LT
Samuel Newton, LT
Jessica Sampayan, LT
Maxwell Wiechec, LT

Emeritus Faculty

Al Adams
Mark Harper
Jim Joyce
Marty Nelson, Professor
Russell A. Smith, Professor
Bob Wu, Professor


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