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Robert Jordan and Rick Voyles

The Engineering Technical support personnel consists of two Research Equipment Technicians, an Electronics Technician, a Local Support Provider and several student assistants.

Robert Jordan and Rick Voyles perform machining operations, piping design work, and fabrication and maintenance of equipment to support the instructional laboratories and the research activities of the college.

The machine shop is located on the first floor of the Engineering Technology building in room ET 100.  The shop is typically open from 6:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.

At right, Rick Voyles is shown with a heat pipe designed and constructed to operate with water as the working fluid.  Water is made to boil at slightly warmer than room temperature, while under a vacuum.  This is a freshman honors design project in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Rick Voyles
Robert and Rick Robert and Rick are shown at left with an apparatus used to measure loss coefficients in pipelines containing valves.  Water as the working fluid can be made to flow through any of 6 different diameter flow lines.  This is a research project funded by an industrial partner of the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Rick is shown with an apparatus used to mix and pump drywall material (gypsum).  This is a research project funded by an industrial partner of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Telephone: 678-3290

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The Electronics Technician is Mark Farrar.  He is responsible for maintaining electronic equipment in the instructional and research laboratories.  This may include testing and repair of electronic equipment and computers and peripherals.

Telephone: 678-3301

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Mark Farrar

Dr. Alfredo Ramirez

The Local Support Provider for the College of Engineering is Dr. Alfredo Ramirez (shown seated).

The Local Support Providers are responsible for maintenance of computing equipment, for software installation, and for helping faculty and staff stay connected to the network for electronic information access.  Dr. Ramirez and his assistants are also responsible for maintaining the college computer inventory.

Telephone: 678-4220

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John A. Pafford

John A. Pafford (B.S.E.T. 1987) is the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus from the Herff College of Engineering. A co-founder of Spine Wave, Pafford has more than 30 years of experience in the orthopedic industry with 20 years in senior management.

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