Department of Technology

Graduate Faculty



The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Technology is an academic unit within the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.  On the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Sciences inTechnology (M.S..) and a Doctor of  Technology Degree (D.T.) The graduate degree specializations include both education and industry options.  Faculty members in the department hold doctoral degrees and are competent, recognized in their areas of expertise, and professionally active at the regional, national, and international levels.  Recently, the department has acquired several modern laboratories through funds received from Federal and State grants as well as donations from industry.








Junyong Ahn**

Assistant Professor

B.S. Yonsei University

M.S. University of Washington

Ph.D. 2008, University of Florida

Project delivery systems

Project performance evaluation


Project risk management

Innovative construction techniques.

H. Stephan Egger**

Associate Professor

B.S.  Univ. of Wisconsin-Stout

M.S. Univ. of Wisconsin-Stout

Ed.D., 1986, Texas A&M University

Construction Management

Productivity Analysis & Method Improvement

Industry Consulting; Industry Safety Programs

Scott R. Giese*

Associate Professor

A.A.S. Erie Community College

B.A.    University of Alabama

M.A.   University of Alabama

Ph.D.   1995, University of Alabama

Solidification Science

Metal Casting Technology

Manufacturing Processes

Process Simulation

Computer Aided Design

Scott Greenhalgh*

Assistant Professor

B.A.  Southern Utah University

B.A.  Southern Utah University

M.S.  Utah State University

Ph.D.  Utah State University

Statistics & Research Methods

Curriculum & Instruction

Cognition in the Design Process

Computer Aided Design; Architectural Design;

Technology Engineering & Design Education

STEM Education

Douglas R. Hotek*

Associate Professor



B.S. Northern Arizona University

M.A. San Diego State University

D.I. T., 2000, University of Northern Iowa

Technology Teacher Education

Technology Training & Development

Management and Supervision

Quality and Productivity

Manufacturing Technology

Ali E. Kashef**


B.S.  Lincoln University

M.S.  University of Central Missouri-(UCM)

Ph.D., 1990, Southern Illinois University(STU)

Manufacturing Management/TQM/Technology Management

Industrial Education and Technology Training

Productivity/Personnel Development





Industrial Safety

Sadik Kucuksari*


B.S. Yildiz Technical University

M.S. Yildiz Technical University

Ph.D. 2010 Arizona State University

Power & Energy Systems

Smart Grids

Renewable Energy

Sources integrations

Transmission and Distribution Networks.

Hong (Jeffrey) Nie**

Associate Professor

B.E. Tsinghna University

M.E. Tsinghna University

Ph.D. 2004, Univ. of British Columbia

Wireless Sensor Networks for Industrial Applications

Ultra-wideband Technology for Wireless Sensor Transceivers

Capacity Analysis of COMA System, Software Defined-radio Technology

Nilmani Pramanik*

Associate Professor

B.E.  (Mech) Jadavpur University

M.E. (Proj) Birla Institute of Tech. & Science

Ph.D. 2003, Syracuse University

CAD/CAM System

Manufacturing/Process Simulation

Design Theory, Expert Systems

Mathematical Modeling, Optimization

Lean and Sustainable Manufacturing, Product Design

Nageswara Rao*





B.S. Andhra University

B. E. (Mech.) Sri Venkateswara University

M.E. (Mech.) Birla Institute of Tech. & Sci.

Ph.D., 1981, Indian Institute of Technology

Manufacturing Processes-Modeling

Computer Aided Manufacturing

Product Design, RP

Manufacturing Simulation; Tool Design

Additive Manufacturing

Sustainable Manufacturing

Revuru, R. Srikant*


B.E. Andhra University

M.E. Andhra University

Ph.D. 2008, Andhra University

Manufacturing Processes

Artificial Intelligence

M.D. Salim**


B.S. Bangladesh Institute of Tech.

M.S. University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Ph.D., 1993, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.

Construction Automation  & Financial Management

Automated Process Planning

Artificial Intelligence and Productivity Improvement

Automatic Data Collection

Materials Management – Project Management

Smith, Sara*


B.A. University of Northern Iowa

M.A. University of Northern Iowa

D.T. 2014, University of Northern Iowa

Media Convergence

Communication Technology & Technology & It’s Potential for

Non Profit Clients

Curriculum & Instruction in Professional & Career Education

Graphics Education & Training


Shahram Varzavand**


AASCET Hawkeye Institute of Technology

B.T.  University of Northern Iowa

M.A. University of Northern Iowa

Ph.D., 1993, Iowa State University

Project Management

Computer Applications in Construction

Building Information Management (BIM) Applications

Application of Virtual and Augmented reality in education and industry.

Information Technology

Julie Zhang**


B.S. Chongqing University

M. S. China Agricultural University

Ph.D. 2005, Iowa State University

Manufacturing Process & Statistical Quality Control

Computer Aided Design Manufacturing (CAD/CAM)

Simulation and Monitoring of Mfg. Systems and Processes

Application of Neural Network & Statistics

Curr. Dev. - SPC, Kaizen, DOE and Taguchi 

Jin Zhu**


B.S. Southwest Jiaotong University

M.S. Southwest Jiaotong University

Ph.D. 2005, New Jersey Institute of Tech.

Wireless Sensor and Ad Hoc Networks

Design and Modeling of  Networks

QoS Provisioning and Resource Allocation

Performance Evaluation of Stochastic Systems

Embedded system

Energy efficiency and distributed protocol design


**           Eligible to serve as a MS or DIT advisor and chairman of committee for a doctoral student.

*              Eligible to serve as a MS advisor and member of DIT committee, including DIT Co-Advisor