Engineering and Technology Faculty and Staff

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Our talented faculty members excel in many areas, including automation, robotics, optoelectronics, lasers, computer graphics, telecommunications and product development. They have an average of seven years of industry experience each in addition to an in-depth knowledge of their fields – a rarity in academia.

Funding for their research efforts comes from sources such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Small Business Administration, the Golden Leaf Foundation and Verizon.

Through the Center for Rapid Product Realization, an EDA-designated university center, our faculty members serve as innovative, “can-do” partners for technical assistance and technology transfer for government, business and industry officials to enable economic growth and job creation.

Browse the links below to meet our team.

Hugh Jack Ph.D., Department Head, Cass Ballenger Distinguished Professor 
Bob Adams Ph.D., Associate Professor, EE & ECET Program Director
Aaron Ball Ed.D., Professor
Jim Coffin Visiting Assistant Professor
Jerry Denton M.S., Electronics Applications Engineer
Chip Ferguson Ed.D., Associate Professor, Associate Dean
Patrick Gardner         Ph.D., Endowed Professor, Director of the Rapid Center
Yeqin Huang Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor
Sean June Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Bora Karayaka Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Sudhir Kaul Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Wes Stone Ph.D., Associate Professor, ET Program Director
Martin Tanaka Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director
Peter Tay Ph.D., Associate Professor 
Amber Thompson Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Distance Learning Program Coordinator
Yanjun Yan Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Bill Yang Ph.D., Associate Professor 
Paul Yanik Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Scott Pierce Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Wael Refai  Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Department of Engineering & Technology Office 

Hugh Jack
Hugh Jack
Department Head
Office - Belk 220A
(828) 227-2181


Jaime Dills
Jaime Dills
Administrative Support Associate
Office - Belk 220
(828) 227-2775

Not sure who to contact?  The Engineering & Technology Department can help or direct you to the right person!  Contact us at (828) 227-2775 or

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The Kimmel School is a college-level unit of Western Carolina University with offices and labs located in the Belk Building and Center for Applied Technologies on the WCU campus in Cullowhee, N.C.

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