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In addition to their academic backgrounds, all our engineering faculty have practical experience working for high tech manufacturers, consulting engineering firms, government agencies, and other “real world” employers. And that brings the “real world” right into the classroom.

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Faculty Department Chair

Sanda N. Williams

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Sanda WilliamsSanda holds a Master of Science in Electrotechnical Sciences and a Master in Business Administration. She has been successfully leading the EET department as the department chair since 2006. Sanda proposed and led the design and development of all EET options and the Renewable Energy Systems certificate at PCC as early as 2006. Biomedical Engineering Technology is the only training of its kind in Oregon State, the Renewable Energy Systems option was the only one of its kind at that time in Oregon, and the Mechatronics, Automation, and Robotics option was a very early effort for 2006 to support these industries.

Sanda, among others, excels in educational training programs development – she came to PCC with proven success in leading the development of the Electronics Systems Technology and Microelectronics Systems Technology programs at Clackamas Community College. She developed a private business in STEM education for children, worked as a general manager for a rather large family business, worked as an engineer in the renewable energy area, and got involved with multiple supportive programs in the community.

Sanda lived in Eastern and Western Europe as well as the USA for many years and she is fluent in English and Romanian, with some practice in French as well. Her primary hobbies are choir singing, dancing, and hiking. As honor and testimony to her quality work, Sanda (known as Sanda Nedelcu at that time) was nominated by her students to be included in the “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” 2004-2005 book, 9th edition, volume VIII, page 401. She is also a long-standing role model for women in technology training. Sanda usually teaches EET 111, 112, 113, and 188, and she serves as a faculty department chair for 50% of her workload.

Student Resource Specialist

Linda Browning

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Linda BrowningLinda has expertise as a Master’s level counselor and former training manager in the manufacturing and banking industries. She has been the EET program advisor for many years. Linda is instrumental in student resources, giving excellent support to EET students. The EET program has benefited a lot from her work and training expertise. Her dedication to students and enthusiasm while engaging in different student-related projects are inspirational. She is a role model of strength and student support. Linda usually teaches EET 280A for the department.

Administrative Support

Joanie Cunningham – Administrative Assistant

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Joanie started her experience at PCC in 2000 as a new student with work study funds. Her first job was with the TV Production program but they didn’t keep her busy enough. Her next job was within the Library, where she worked at the three main campuses. After graduation, she continued with the Library as a casual employee. After some time, there was a move to the IT Department as support. That was where she was hired as an Office Assistant I. When a job opened in the Radiography program as an Instructional Administrative Assistant, she applied and moved to the academic side of the college. When the Sylvania campus went through a re-org, Joanie was transferred to Engineering Technology, which includes Machine Manufacturing Technology, Automotive Service Technology, and Engineering disciplines. Her major duty for Engineering is making sure the class schedules are entered correctly, and any other “duties as assigned”. She has found something she loves to do and no longer “works” for a living!

Diane Shingledecker – Division Dean of Auto, Computing, and Engineering

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Nicole Perez – Assistant to Division Dean Auto, Computing, and Engineering

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Coop Education and Student Employment

Ava Stevens – Coop Education and Student Employment Specialist

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AvaAva earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications Management, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership. She has over ten years’ experience in teaching Business Administration courses at Portland Community College and in the School of Business Administration at Portland State University. She currently is a Jobs and Internship Advisor at Portland Community College for Computing, Business Administration, and Engineering students. In her spare time, she plays golf.

EET Lab

Trung Le – EET Lab Manager

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TrungTrung graduated from PCC’s EET in 1985 and OIT’s BSEET in 1996. He is a former Intel employee, working for PCC since 2005. Trung enjoys swimming and walking. He is married, has two daughters, and two grandchildren.

Faculty

Sanda N. Williams – EET full-time faculty

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Sanda WilliamsSanda holds a Master of Science in Electrotechnical Sciences and a Master in Business Administration. She has been successfully leading the EET department as the department chair since 2006. Sanda proposed and led the design and development of all EET options and the Renewable Energy Systems certificate at PCC as early as 2006. Biomedical Engineering Technology is the only training of its kind in Oregon State, the Renewable Energy Systems option was the only one of its kind at that time in Oregon, and the Mechatronics, Automation, and Robotics option was a very early effort for 2006 to support these industries.

Sanda, among others, excels in educational training programs development – she came to PCC with proven success in leading the development of the Electronics Systems Technology and Microelectronics Systems Technology programs at Clackamas Community College. She developed a private business in STEM education for children, worked as a general manager for a rather large family business, worked as an engineer in the renewable energy area, and got involved with multiple supportive programs in the community.

Sanda lived in Eastern and Western Europe as well as the USA for many years and she is fluent in English and Romanian, with some practice in French as well. Her primary hobbies are choir singing, dancing, and hiking. As honor and testimony to her quality work, Sanda (known as Sanda Nedelcu at that time) was nominated by her students to be included in the “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” 2004-2005 book, 9th edition, volume VIII, page 401. She is also a long-standing role model for women in technology training. Sanda usually teaches EET 111, 112, 113, and 188, and she serves as a faculty department chair for 50% of her workload.

David Goldman – EET full-time faculty

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David GoldmanDavid has expertise as an electrical engineer in research and development and a consultant in the semiconductor industry with a focus on analog and digital signals. Ever since he joined the EET teaching team here at PCC he brought a great deal of enthusiasm and desire to infuse even more quality into the student instructions. David modified the courses he taught to include more hands-on skills and very interesting projects. He recommended changes to the program to better align the sequence of digital systems with other courses in the degree and proposed more programming in general to better prepare the students for their future jobs. His dedication to teaching cannot go unnoticed. David usually teaches EET 242 and ENGR classes. In the past, he also taught EET 113, 121, 122, 123, 178, and 241.

Dan Kruger – Full-time faculty

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Dan KrugerDan has worked in digital signal processing and communications for the Department of Defense and as a test engineer for the semiconductor industry. He enjoys programming, long-distance running, and hiking, and has thru-hiked the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails. Dan has been teaching in the EET department for many years. He brings to his classes a wealth of work experience and expertise. This coupled with care for students makes it a great recipe for student success. Dan contributes greatly to the department, assisting with degree updates and revisions – he serves as the faculty chair for the Subject Area Committee, an internal committee in support of the EET department. He often teaches EET 111, 112, 113, 221, 222, 223 for the EET department.

Scott Lowrey – Full-time faculty

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Scott LowreyScott has followed a non-traditional career path to arrive here at PCC Sylvania. His first career was in electrical engineering, specializing in high-speed digital communications. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). In over 25 years as an electrical engineer and program manager, Scott worked on a wide variety of products including optical communications, biometric systems (included manufacturing of implantable defibrillators), digital telephony, high definition television (HDTV), digital communications satellites, and avionics communications systems. These often involved the coordination of efforts between diverse technical specialties, including electronics, software, mechanical engineers, packaging engineers, and manufacturing.

During his engineering career, he derived a great deal of satisfaction from training younger engineers. Scott began teaching as a volunteer in the evenings at PCC, and progressed to part-time paid instruction and finally full-time instruction. He returned to school to earn a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix.

Outside of the classroom, he loves to hike and is involved in choral singing and community theater.

In addition to technical subjects, Scott taught English for speakers of other languages (here in Oregon, as well as during two years living in Spain), high school equivalency preparation (for English and Spanish speakers), and high school pre-calculus. He enjoyed every minute of his new career as a teacher and he feels grateful for the opportunity to work and teach at PCC. EET students benefit a lot from Scott’s expertise, quality teaching, and dedication. Scott usually teaches EET 121, 122, 123, 221, 222, and 223.

Linda Browning – EET adjunct faculty

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Linda BrowningLinda has expertise as a Master’s level counselor and former training manager in the manufacturing and banking industries. She has been the EET program advisor for many years. Linda is instrumental in student resources, giving excellent support to EET students. The EET program has benefited a lot from her work and training expertise. Her dedication to students and enthusiasm while engaging in different student-related projects are inspirational. She is a role model of strength and student support. Linda usually teaches EET 280A for the department.

Raymond Schmelzer – EET adjunct faculty

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Raymond SchmelzerRay started his adult working life as a network administrator and then determined he wanted to design network adapter cards instead of configuring them. Shortly after, he started working as a network hardware engineer at Intel in Hillsboro, specializing in high-speed digital communications. Concurrently, he began taking engineering classes at PSU. Ray spent 16 years on the same floor at Intel’s Jones Farm 3. He recently finished an MSEE at PSU, completing a thesis in high-speed digital communications. Ray plans to take classes here and there at PCC and PSU for fun and professional development. Teaching classes at PCC has thus far been the work that he is most proud to tell friends and family about. Ever since he joined the EET team, Ray has been dedicated to high-quality instructions and making students succeed. He usually teaches EET 121, 122, and 123 in the EET department. Ray also enjoys long walks and playing drums.

David Smith – EET adjunct faculty

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David SmithDavid comes from the industry with experience as an engineer, validation architect, and a manager (for a while supervising technicians with a 2-year degree!). His one minute of fame in life, as he likes to say it, comes from his appearance as a team captain on TV’s “Junkyard Wars”. David’s technical interests cover such things as machine learning, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, and computer programming. As much as he can, David tries to create a real-world hands-on environment in his classes where the product they are making together is the students’ education and their mutual goal is for the students to go on to a successful career in high tech. That may sound serious and the program can be challenging but he tries to make it fun and talk with students, not at students. David has been teaching for a long time in the EET department and his dedication to students and the program is highly appreciated. He usually teaches EET 242, 241, and 178, and occasionally some labs in EET 121, 122, and 123.

Joe Schoelen – EET adjunct faculty

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Joe SchoelenJoe Schoelen is a part-time instructor in the PCC EET program and a full-time electrical engineer for Audio Precision. He received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Northridge in 1996. Joe has been an FPGA and board-level designer for twenty-six years. He has an affinity for vacuum tube guitar amplifiers, music, photography, but most of all teaching. Joe’s quality instruction and care for his students are easily noted by all. He is a great addition to the EET team and the department/students are very appreciative of his expertise and dedication. Joe is usually teaching EET 101 and occasionally EET 121.

Corneliu Boghean – EET adjunct faculty

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Corneliu has been teaching in the EET department for a very long time. He brings great industry expertise and teaching skills to his students. Corneliu cares deeply for the success of his students and usually goes the extra mile to assist them. He teaches the EET 111 and 112 courses for the winter (evening) trailer and the EET 272 lab for second-year students.

Yunhui Chu – EET adjunct faculty

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YunhuiYunhui Chu received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004. He is currently a hardware engineer at Intel since 2011. He was a software engineer at Agilent Technologies 2004~2011. He authored and co-authored over 40 technical papers and holds 13 US patents and pending applications. Yunhui likes playing soccer and baseball during his spare time. Yunhui usually teaches EET 111, 112, EET 272, and other EET classes.

Ben duChalard – EET adjunct faculty

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BenSince completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from PCC in 2006 Ben has worked for NorthWest Engineering Service, Inc. He started his engineering career by supporting Portland Metro’s semi-conductor facilities (many under NDA agreements) including those focused on the production of PV wafers. While working at NWESI he attended night school completing a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from OIT. In 2018, he transferred to NWESI’s commissioning team which gave him a larger role ensuring the built environment operates correctly, as designed and efficiently. In 2019 he passed the PE exam becoming a Professional Engineer in the state of Oregon. Ben is usually teaching EET 110 – Introduction to Renewable Energy.

Alan Potts – EET adjunct faculty

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AlanAlan Potts joined the PCC EET staff as a part-time instructor after retiring from a career as an Automation Engineer, working mostly for The DuPont Company. During his career, his primary role was to provide engineering support to the design and construction of new manufacturing facilities, globally. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, with an emphasis in control systems. When not teaching at PCC, you can find Alan playing tennis, volunteering at OMSI, or just generally enjoying retirement with his wife, Judy. Alan usually teaches EET 111, 112, and other EET classes.

Scott Williams – EET adjunct faculty

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ScottBorn and raised in Southern Indiana. Received an MSEE at Purdue University in 1986 with a focus on Analog Integrated Circuit Design and Layout. Worked in the Integrated Circuits Modeling and Design Groups at Tektronix from 1986-94. Produced SPICE models for Tektronix’ high-speed bipolar processes and designed high-speed analog-to-digital converters for Tektronix digitizing oscilloscopes. Worked for Maxim Integrated Products from 1994-2016. Designed Radio Frequency (RF) Integrated Circuits for digital radio and satellite TV applications and was a Director in the RF IC Design Group from 2000-2016. Scott usually teaches EET 111, 112, 113.

Mark Abraira – EET adjunct faculty

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MarkMark has a BS in Electronic Engineering from the University of Houston, and a 35-year career as a design engineer with industrial electronic systems, marine seismic instrumentation (oil and gas), infrared imaging systems (government and military), and electric utility instrumentation. Mark usually teaches EET 121, 122, 123, and other EET classes.

Charles D. Wickens, CCE, BSEE, MBA – EET adjunct faculty

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CharlesCharles is a native of Boston, MA. He received a BS from Northeastern University, MBA (Finance) from Villanova University, and holds an International Clinical Engineering Certification from AAMI. Charles served as the Clinical Engineering Manager for Massachusetts General Hospital (Partners Healthcare) for 11 years followed by 13 years with General Electric within the GE Leadership Program resulting in various roles with increasing responsibility (Master Black Belt – Six Sigma, Product Development Leadership – Imaging, Service Delivery, and Marketing). In addition to his responsibilities at Samaritan Health as Director of Clinical Engineering, he also teaches biomedical engineering technology courses as an adjunct professor at Portland Community College. Charles has a long-standing passion for both technology and helping others.