Currently, Dr. Fidan serves as a Professor of the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology at Tennessee Technological University. His research and teaching interests are in additive manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, distance learning, and STEM education. Dr. Fidan is a member and active participant of SME, ASEE, ABET, ASME, and IEEE. He is also the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology and International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing.
George Chitiyo, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Research and Evaluation at Tennessee Tech University. He teaches courses in research methods, statistics, and program evaluation. His research interests include the psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa as well as economics of health and higher education both in the U.S. and in Southern Africa. He is involved in designing and implementing evaluation initiatives of several educational programs and interventions in PreK-12 and higher education settings.
Professor Wooldridge is a Registered Architect, a Professional Engineer in multiple disciplines including Architectural, Mechanical, and Manufacturing systems, and holds multiple patents related to consumer cooler technology. A fourth generation cattle farmer, he also owns two private engineering and design firms and has designed buildings and systems all across the central and southern regions of Kentucky. Wooldridge is also licensed by the ATF for explosives, their handling, and detonation, as well as providing consulting design and engineering services for weapons manufacturers. He teaches courses in additive manufacturing, pre-engineering, parametric design, and workforce leadership at Somerset Community College, where he serves as faculty and PI on various NSF, KCTCS TRAINS, and USDA grant projects. Professor Wooldridge created KCTCS’ first technical, state wide, 3D printing certificate program, and is the director of SCC’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, developing a variety of new applications and techniques to help KY businesses integrate additive manufacturing into their production and business models.
Tom is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Sinclair Community College. His areas of focus are design and manufacturing of products in the MET program curriculum. Tom serves as a Co-PI for the NSF funded AM-WATCH project. He provides guidance on design and curriculum development on additive manufacturing.
Tom also serves as the Principal Investigator on the NSF funded STEM Guitar Project. He also manages the guitar manufacturing lab @ Sinclair which produces over 1700+ guitar kits a year for the STEM guitar project distributed across the United States.
A PLTW affiliate professor for IED, NISOD Teaching Excellence award winner, Certified Autodesk instructor and ETAC-ABET Commissioner, and text book author, Tom has taught both at the high school and collegiate levels.
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