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Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying

College of Business and Technology

Faculty and Staff

Engineering Technology

Daniel Conners

Daniel Connors

Associate Professor, Engineering/Engineering Technology

Contact:

423-439-7162
109A Wilson Wallis Hall

Daniel Connors

Associate ProfessorEngineering/Engineering Technology

Dr. Daniel Connors received his B.S.E. from the University of Michigan and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, all in electrical engineering. He was at IBM in the Research Division in Yorktown Heights, New York, for 29 years working on problems in manufacturing, supply chain management, workforce management and cognitive computing. He joined ETSU in the Fall of 2017 and is teaching engineering and engineering technology courses. 

Andy Czuchry

Andy Czuchry

Professor, AFG Chair, Engineering Technology

Contact:

423-439-7444
338 Sam Wilson Hall

Andy Czuchry

Professor, AFG ChairEngineering Technology

Andy Czuchry received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1969. His concentration was in guidance and control systems engineering. He has more than twenty years experience as a professional manager in technical innovation and the electronics manufacturing industry. Dr. Czuchry has been the holder of the AFG Industries Chair of Excellence in Business and Technology since joining East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in 1992. He also holds a dual appointment as a tenured professor in both the Department of Management and Marketing and the Department of Technology. His areas of expertise are Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Technical Innovation, Quality Management and Continuous Improvement.

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson

Professor, Chair, Engineering Technology

Contact:

423-439-7813
201 Wilson Wallis Hall

Keith Johnson

Professor, ChairEngineering Technology

Dr. Keith Johnson is the Chairperson for the Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying and Digital Media. He is originally from Cambridge Maryland. Dr. Johnson has two degrees in engineering technology from North Carolina A&T University and a Ph.D. from Ohio State. He started at the University as a professor in 1994 and still teaches classes in addition to his responsibilities as Department Chair. He uses creative problem solving to arrange budgets and oversee the functions of the Technology Department. When not at ETSU, Dr. Johnson likes restoring VW Beatles and stays active playing basketball.

Jeremy Ross

Jeremy Ross

Assoc VP, Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology

Contact:

423-439-4242
302 Burgin Dossett Hall

Jeremy Ross

Assoc VP, Assistant ProfessorEngineering Technology

Jeremy Ross is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Technology Program, as well as an Associate Vice President at East Tennessee State University. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Science in Engineering Technology degree from ETSU. Jeremy has studied architecture and art history while living in Rome and attending Temple University. He has studied and traveled to Rome and many other parts of Europe numerous times.

In addition to Jeremy's efforts at ETSU, he has served as a principal with Ken Ross Architects, Inc. and continued to consult with the firm. The company has produced architectural work in over eighteen states and many award winning projects. Jeremy has been involved in the design, construction, and management of many of these projects and numerous buildings on-campus.

Krishna Shrestha

Joseph Shrestha

Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology

Contact:

423-439-7821
104B Wilson Wallis Hall

Joseph Shrestha

Assistant ProfessorEngineering Technology

Dr. Joseph Shrestha joined the Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2016. He received his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Tribhuvan University (2010), Masters of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering with Construction Management emphasis from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2013), and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with Construction Engineering and Management emphasis from Iowa State University (2016).

Dr. Shrestha has experience in rural highway design and cost estimation. He has developed several Civil and Construction Engineering software programs including Highway Construction Cost Index (HCCI) Calculation System, Bid Data Visualization System, Pavement Surface Distress Index Calculator, District Water Supply and Hygiene Management Information System (DWaSH-MIS), and Water Pump Selection Tool.

In the recent years, Dr. Shrestha has noted exponential growth in construction data being collected. He is interested in exploring those data using visualization tools, such as Geographic Information System (GIS), and analyzing those data using various data mining techniques, such as Artificial Neural Network, to generate useful insights that can aid in making organizational and project level decisions in the construction industry. He considers automation as the future not only to perform repetitive construction works on site, but also to aid managerial decision on construction estimation and scheduling.

Dr. Shrestha speaks English as a third language, Nepali as a second, and Newari as a first. He is a thrill-seeker enjoying bungee jumping, roller coasters, paragliding, zip lining, etc. In his free time, he has developed several skills for Amazon Alexa, a channel for Roku TV platform, and a Nepali calendar app for Maemo OS. When possible, he spends some time volunteering in various community activities including Habitat for Humanity.

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Interior Architecture

Dean Isham

Dean Isham

Associate Professor, Interior Architecture

Contact:

423-439-7833
215 Wilson Wallis Hall

Dean Isham

Associate ProfessorInterior Architecture

 

Education
M.F.A., Winthrop University, 1995
BUS, Oklahoma State University, 1987

Research
Professor Isham has been teaching university level interior design courses since the fall of 1994, where his teaching has focused on visualization skills and the beginning design student. His creative activities have produced award-wining designs in architecture 2D and 3D categories.

During the last five years he has been actively engaged in the construction of straw bale buildings. In 2009 lead a group of volunteer students in the construction of the McCrory Outdoor Classroom at McCrory Gardens, in Brookings, South Dakota. This is a 900 s.f. general purpose building will be the focus of a children’s garden area that will emphasize sustainable gardening practices. This is the first straw bale structure with a living roof in South Dakota. He also maintains the active design firm, Isham Design Resources.

Current Scholarship:
Researching the importance of hand skills to the design process, Issues surrounding the beginning design student

Creative Activity:
Table from reclaimed materials
Renderings of Barns Entrances

Design projects:
Gabe’s Room - patient room remodel, Make-a-wish Foundation - Johnson City, TN
Reynolds Residence - Deck Design - Jonesborough, TN
Bates Residence – Straw Bale Construction – Columbus, OH
 

List of Presentations/Publications

  • Isham D. (2013). What ever happened to making? Interior Architecture Educators Council Exchange, Surface Theme, Spring 2013 issue. http://www.calameo.com/read/000436891a151341d1f0d
  • Presentation, Fourth International Conference on the Constructed Environment, Lisbon, Portugal. Technology as a disruptive change in the iterative process for beginning design students, Oct 4-5, 2013. Isham, D., Emma, T. Isham D. (Fall 2013).
  • Isham D. (Fall 2012). Presentation, IDEC South Regional Conference, Richmond, VA. Active sketching:  Empowering abductive learning to bridge the gap between dreams and reality during lower division studios. ** Awarded Outstanding Abstract Entry.
  • Isham D. (Fall 2012). Presentation, IDEC South Regional Conference, Richmond, VA. (10 Elements × 8 Principles) ÷ abductive learning = 9: Introduction of the design process through exploration of lakota culture in a first semester freshman studio.
  • Isham D. (Jan/Feb 2012). 2012 higher education guide to sustainable practices - bale building, South Dakota Magazine.
  • Isham D. (Summer 2012). Many bales: one building generates awareness in South Dakota, IDEC (Interior Architecture Educators Council) Exchange – Environmentally Responsible Design Summer 2012 Issue
  • Isham D. (April 8, 2011). AAFCS Regional Conference, Cedar Falls, IA.  Many bales: building community/children’s gardening and outdoor classroom at mccrory gardens.
  • Isham D (Dec. 3, 2010). Sustainable housing design, Glacial Lakes Permiculture Workshop, SDSU. 
  • Isham D. (Oct. 9 2010). Home is? rethinking the priorities of ownership, Schultz Commemorative Symposium.
  • Isham D. (Aug 1, 2010). Straw bale buildings and value added agriculture, McCrory Gardens, Brookings, SD.
  • Isham D. (April 2010). Straw bale construction and a living roof, American Institute of Architects South Dakota, volume two, number one.
  • Isham D. (April 2010). Service learning and straw bale construction, McCrory Gardens, Brookings, SD.
  • Isham D. (Spring 2009).  Straw-bale building mccrory gardens building proves what energy efficient really means, South Dakota State University, College of Family and Consumer Sciences Newsletter.
  • Isham D. (May 2009).  Housing issues with straw bale building, South Dakota NRCS eNews.
  • Isham D. (July 13, 2009).  Straw bale house built in brookings, The Bismarck Tribune.
  • Isham D. (July 3, 2009). McCrory building is a straw bale success, Brookings Register.
  • Isham D. (July 13, 2009). Straw bale house built in brookings, Custom Builder.
  • Isham D. (Summer 2009). Mccrory gardens straw bale, Chartreuse: Bright Green Research.
  • Keloland Television (Aug. 30, 2009).  SDSU’s straw bale building, - article and featured story.

Kristi Julian

Kristi Julian

Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture

Contact:

423-439-7553
219 Wilson Wallis Hall

Kristi Julian

Assistant ProfessorInterior Architecture

Education
Ph.D., Auburn University, 2010
M.S. , University of Alabama, 2003
B.S., Auburn University, 1983

Research
Dr. Julian has been teaching university level interior design courses and has been a state registered interior designer since 2000. Her teaching has focused on human behavior, sustainability and universal design. During the last five years she has been actively engaged in facilities design and construction. Her research interests include way finding in the built environment, evidenced based design and life safety.  Dr. Julian is a Leadership in Environmental Design in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C) and Evidence Based Design Accredited Professional (EDAC).

Current/Pending Scholarship

  • Abdelnour, J.1 & Julian, K.1 (2015) Student Pathways of Discovery:  Determining How the Built Environment may Affect Environment of Care in Design, IATED 2015 International Technology, Education and Development Publication and Conference, Madrid, Spain..

Recent Publications, Creative Projects, and/or Paper Presentations

  • Julian, K. (2015). Sustainable Design Practices, Analysis and Assessment Tools for Students Using OpenStudio, IAFOR 2015, ECTC, The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom, Thistle Brighton, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom. July, 2015.
  • Julian, K. (2015). Design Critique: Teaching Design Students to Be Effective Communicators Using Open Broadcaster Software, IAFOR 2015, ECTC, The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom, Thistle Brighton, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom. July, 2015.
  • Julian, K.1 & Abdeldour, J.2, (2015) Changing Times, Changing Abilities, Changing Attitudes: Weaving Disability into the Fabric of the Diversity Agenda, IATED 2015 International Technology, Education and Development Publication and Conference, Madrid, Spain.
  • Julian, K1. & Abdeldour, J.2, (2015) Design Disciplines and Practice:  The Transition from Design Ideation to Product, IATED 2015 International Technology, Education and Development Publication and Conference, Madrid, Spain.
  • Abdelnour, J.1 & Julian, K.1 (2015) Student Pathways of Discovery:  Determining How the Built Environment May Affect Environment of Care in Design, IATED 2015 International Technology, Education and Development Publication and Conference, Madrid, Spain.
  • Parrott, D.1, & Julian, K.2 (2015) Cloudy with a Chance of Data Storage:  Data and Systems Migration on the Web, IATED 2015 International Technology, Education and Development Publication and Conference, Madrid, Spain.
  • Julian, K. & Abdeldour, J. (2014) Wayfinding Preferences in the Built Environment: Age, Gender and Culture Related Differences. Interior Architecture Educator’s Regional Conference, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Julian, K. & Hillenbrand-Nowicki, C. (2014) “Fitting In:  The Growing Ergonomic Impact of Changing Population Size on Planning and Specification for Interior Environments”, Interior Architecture Educator’s Regional Conference, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Julian, K. & Abdeldour, J., (2014) Evidence-Based Design Approach in a Studio Based Learning Environment for Guiding Construction of Knowledge, ICERI 2014 International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation, Seville Spain.
  • Julian, K., (2014) Memory and the Built Environment:  Visual Environmental Cues in Information Processing and Navigation, ICERI 2014 International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation, Seville Spain.
  • Julian, K.1 & Mosley, I.1, (2014) Adding Quality Control and Engineering Economy in Undergraduate Education, ICMCE 2014 Applied Mechanics and Materials Journal International Conference, Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Julian, K., Livingston, J. & Mosley, I. (2014)  “Bridging Collaboration in Design Education:  A Process to Promote Student Engagement and Creativity”, IATED International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain.
  • Julian, K., Mosley, I &. Livingston, J. (2014)  “Multidisciplinary Learning with Electrical Concepts in the Built Environment”, IATED International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain.
  • Livingston, J & Julian, K. (2014)  “Collaborative Learning Through Dyadic Interaction for Classroom Video Production Projects”, IATED International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain.
  • Julian, K. & Lewis, E. (2013)  “Empathy and Design Development:  A Simulation Exercise of the Aging Process”, Teaching Topics and Skill’s Swap, Interior Architecture Educator’s Council South, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Julian, K. & Locke, D. L. (2013). “Story Time: Specs, Plans and Elevations. A Project Based Framework to Stimulate Learning in an Introductory Level Studio” Interior Architecture Educator’s Council South, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Julian, K. & Locke, D. L. (2013). “Human Behavior: The Development of an Evacuation Model Instrument”. Interior Architecture Educator’s Council South, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Julian, K. & Locke, D. L. (2013). “Physical Markers: An Evidence-Based Design Evaluation of an Autism Spectrum Disorder Children’s Center”. Interior Architecture Educator’s Council South, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Julian, K. & Locke, D. L. (2013). Engage, Educate, Guide: Using Practical Experiential Learning to Improve Student Success”. Housing Education and Research Association Annual International Conference, Tulsa Oklahoma.
  • Julian, K. & Locke, D. L. (October, 2012). “Birmingham International Airport Mass Casualty Simulation Experience: Using Practical Experiential Activities to Improve Student Success.” Interior Architecture Educator’s Council South, Richmond, VA.
  • USGBC Alabama Chapter, Green Workforce Committee, Associated Builders and Contractors, Green Workforce Project Committee Grant Class, February, 2011

Professional Service

  • Council for Interior Architecture Accreditation Program Site Visitor
  • IDEC South Regional Council, Regional Abstract Paper Coordinator
  • USGBC, Center for Green Schools, Green Apple Day of Service, Sustainability Coach, 2012
  • USGBC Alabama Chapter, Green Workforce Project Committee, Mentoring Project, 2012
  • USGBC Alabama Chapter, Communications Committee, 2012
  • USGBC Alabama Chapter, Green Workforce Committee Alabama General Contractors Presentation, 2011
  • USGBC Alabama Chapter Green Workforce Project Committee, 2011
  • ASID Alabama Chapter Board of Directors 2004–2005
  • ASID Alabama Chapter VP of Professional Development 2004–2005
  • ASID State of Alabama Continuing Education Committee Chair, 2004–2005
  • State of Alabama Interior Architecture Board, Educator Liaison, 2003
  • Construction Specification Institute (CSI), Board Member, 2002–2004

Research in Progress/on-going professional projects
Improved Energy Conservation through Facility Circuit-level Energy Monitoring (CLM), University of Alabama Birmingham, 2012

Curriculum
Ecotech Institute, Aurora, Colorado, Sustainable Interior Architecture (SID) curriculum

Surveying and Mapping Science

Staff

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