Department of Technology

Graduate Faculty



The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Technology is an academic unit within the College of Natural Sciences.  On the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Science in Technology (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.








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

Mohammed F. Fahmy**


B.S. Ain-Shams University-Cairo

M.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ph.D., 1975, Michigan State University

Materials Engineering; Ultrafine Structures of Glass

Systems and Composite Materials; Laser Heat

Treatment of Ferrous Alloys; Materials Testing and Properties; Recycling, Reuse & Testing of Solid Waste Materials; Electron Microscopy Applications

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

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 Management and Training

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

Computer Aided Design

Manufacturing Management/TQM/Technology Management


Industrial Education and Technology

Productivity/Personnel Development

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

James Maxwell**

Professor and Department Head

B.S.  Maryville University

M.B.A.  Maryville University

Ph.D.  Webster University

Ph.D.  Indiana State University

Research:  Technology Assessment & Forecasting: Technology Lifecycles for Improved Performance of the Firm; Managing Technology & Innovation for Competitive Advantage

Teaching: Engineering Cost Analysis; Technical Project Management; Statistical Quality Control

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

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

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

Antonio Scontrino*

Assistant Professor

B.A.  University of Palermo

M.S.  University of Palermo

M.B.A.  Central Connecticut State University

Ph.D.  University of Palermo

Political Science; Political Theory & the Media

Sociology; Visual Communication & Cultural Identity

International Business; Digital Marketing in a global economy

Visual Communication Technology; Web Design, Video Production, Photography, Graphic Design, Digital Printing & Interior Design

Shahram Varzavand**


B.T.  University of Northern Iowa

M.A. University of Northern Iowa

Ph.D., 1993, Iowa State University

Project Management

Computer Applications in Construction, PCS & Wireless Construction

Web based Project Management

Industrial Education and Technology

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 Manufacturing (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.

Data Communications

Wireless Networks

Design and Modeling of Ad-Hoc and Sensor Networks

QoS Provisioning

Resource Allocation, Performance Evaluation of Stochastic Systems


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

*              Eligible to serve as a MS advisor and member of DT committee.