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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering and Design

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The Department of Engineering and Design offers Bachelor of Science degree programs that prepare graduates for technical and professional careers in industry. Each program offers a unique mix of theoretical course work and laboratory exercises where students apply theory to solve practical problems in engineering and design. Creativity is encouraged and emphasized. In addition, Western’s General University Requirements (GURs) provide graduates with a solid foundation in communication skills and contribute to a broad-based education.

The programs are:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Polymer Materials Engineering
  • Industrial Design

Engineering and Design includes professions in which knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences, technical experience and practice are used to plan, design, create and enhance technologies that benefit humanity. Graduates are employed by major technology companies, such as Boeing, PACCAR, Alpha Technologies, Cypress Semiconductor, Nike, and Microsoft, and by firms such as TEAGUE and Ziba Design, although career opportunities range across the spectrum due to the broad nature of the programs.

Students planning to major in any Engineering and Design program should have a solid foundation in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Students planning to major in Industrial Design should also have a sound background in art and design.


DAVID D. GILL (2014) Chair and Associate Professor. BS (Mechanical Engineering), Texas Tech University; MS (Mechanical Engineering), Purdue University; PhD (Mechanical Engineering), North Carolina State University.
TAREK AL-GEDDAWY (2018) Associate Professor. BSc (Mechanical Engineering) Cairo University; MSc (Industrial Engineering) Cairo University; PhD (Industrial and Manufacturing Systems), University of Windsor.
SURA K. ALQUDAH (2014) Associate Professor. BS (Electronics Engineering), Yarmouk University; MS, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering), State University of New York at Binghamton.
JILL DAVISHAHL (2018) Associate Professor. BS (Mechanical Engineering), Union College; MS (Mechanical Engineering), University of Washington.
PENG GAO (2023) Assistant Professor. BS (Mechanical Engineering), Tsinghau University; MS (Mechanical Engineering), Lehigh University; PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Lehigh University.
DEBORAH GLOSSER (2020) Assistant Professor. BA (Computational Linguistics) Ohio State University; JD, Duquesne University; MS (Geophysics), University of Pittsburgh; PhD (Materials Science), Oregon State University.
NICOLE HOEKSTRA (1998) Professor. BS (Mechanical Engineering), MS (Mechanical Engineering), University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology.
XICHEN JIANG (2016) Associate Professor. BS (Electrical Engineering), MS (Electrical Engineering), PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of Illinois.
ANDREW G. KLEIN (2014) Professor. BS (Electrical Engineering), Cornell University; MS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), University of California - Berkeley; PhD (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Cornell University.
JUNAID KHAN (2020) Assistant Professor. BS (Telecommunications Engineering), National University of Computer & Engineering Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan; MS (Electrical Engineering), National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan; PhD (Computer Science), University Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée, France.
NICOLE M. LARSON (2005) Professor. BS (Mechanical Engineering), Bradley University; MS (Mechanical Engineering), University of Washington.
ERIC C. LEONHARDT (2002) Associate Professor. BA, Whitman College; BS (Industrial Technology-Vehicle Design), Western Washington University; MS (Automotive Systems Engineering), University of Michigan.
YING LIN (2010) Associate Professor. BS, MS (Electrical Engineering), Harbin Institute of Technology; MS (Applied Statistics), PhD (Electrical Engineering), Syracuse University.
JOHN LUND (2013) Associate Professor. BS, Washington State University; MS, PhD (Electrical Engineering), University of Washington.
JUSTIN LUND (2023), Assistant Professor. BS (Industrial Design), Western Washington University; MDes (Design), University of Washington
JOHN MISASI (2015) Associate Professor. BS (Plastics Engineering Technology), Western Washington University; PhD (Polymer Science and Engineering), University of Southern Mississippi.
JASON A. MORRIS (2004) Professor. BS (Mechanical Engineering), West Virginia University; Master of Industrial Design, Pratt Institute.
TODD MORTON (1988) Professor. BS, MS (Electrical Engineering), University of Washington.
ARUNAS P. OSLAPAS (1991) Professor. BFA, Montana State University; MFA, University of Illinois.
MARK PEYRON (2014) Associate Professor. BS (Chemical Engineering), University of Idaho; PhD (Chemical Engineering), University of Washington.
AMR RADWAN (2018) Associate Professor. BS (Electrical Power Engineering), Ain Shams University; MSc (Power Electronics and Power Systems), University of Alberta, Canada; PhD, Energy Systems, University of Alberta, Canada.
BHASKAR RAMASUBRAMANIAN (2021) Assistant Professor. BT (Electrical and Electronics Engineering), Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology; MT (Systems and Control Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology - Mumbai; MS/PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of Maryland.
DAVID RIDER (2010) Associate Professor. BS (Chemistry), Simon Fraser University; PhD (Chemistry), University of Toronto. Joint appointment with Chemistry Department.
WALA SAADEH (2022) Assistant Professor. BS (Computer Engineering), Yarmouk University; MS (Microsystems Engineering), PhD (Interdisciplinary Engineering), Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
DEREK M. YIP-HOI (2007) Professor. BS (Mechanical Engineering), University of the West Indies; MS (Mechanical Engineering), State University of New York-Buffalo; PhD (Mechanical Engineering), University of Michigan.
YUZHANG ZANG (2022) Assistant Professor. BS (Electromagnetic Field & Wireless Technology), Harbin Institute of Technology; MS (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Worcester Polytechnic Institute; PhD (Electrical Engineering), University of Wisconsin - Madison.


KIRK DESLER (2021) Instructor. BS (Plastics Engineering Technology), Western Washington University; MBA (Business Administration), Western Washington University.
MATTHEW HOOGESTRAT (2019) Instructor. BS (Industrial Design), Western Washington University.
PAUL D. KEARSLEY (2012). Senior Instructor. BS (Industrial Design), Western Washington University.

Other Departmental Information

Advising and Declaration of Major

Students who intend to complete one of the majors should immediately obtain advisement from the department program coordinator/pre-major advisor to declare their pre-major and plan a program of study. Because Engineering & Design programs require long course sequences with strong prerequisite structures, students should begin their studies within the department in their first year at Western. Students should start immediately fulfilling the math and science requirements of the program. The pre-major advisor/program coordinator for this department is located in ET 204, 360-650-4132.

Academic Standards

Students are required to follow all prerequisite requirements for courses and seek early departmental advisement. A grade of C- or higher is required to pass all engineering and design program requirements and all prerequisites for those courses. Students are required to drop any major class if they receive a K grade or a D+ or lower grade in the prerequisite class.

Students may request a program course exception (any grade lower than a C- in a required program course is always considered a program exception). To make a request, a student must submit an Exception Request Form for consideration by the Engineering and Design Curriculum Committee. The form can be found in the student resources section of the Engineering and Design Department website. In the exception request, a student must clearly and thoroughly state their request and provide a detailed explanation why the exception is being requested and why it is appropriate. The form is then submitted to their department faculty advisor who must add their comments and recommendation before forwarding the form to the committee. Students should expect that the Curriculum Committee will need ample time to consider the request; deadlines are listed on the form.

Students that do not make sufficient progress towards their major may be removed. For details, please see the department’s Forms, Policies, and Procedures.


    Undergraduate MajorUndergraduate Minor


      Electrical and Computer Engineering

      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog.


      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

      Industrial Design

      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

      Manufacturing Engineering

      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

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