Engineering Faculty

 

Dr. Darrin Muggli

Professor and Chair of the Department

 

Dr. Muggli graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota in 1992. Subsequently, he worked for two years as a Process Engineer for Koch Engineering Co. in Wichita, Kan. He entered graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he earned his doctorate in 1998, specializing in catalysis.

 

Dr. Muggli was a faculty member at the University of North Dakota from 1999-2009. During that time he was awarded over four million dollars in research funding, published 30 peer-reviewed articles, and has given numerous research presentations. He holds three patents, received a university-wide award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, was voted 2007 Professor of the Year in the School of Engineering, and received a 2009 award for excellence in teaching, research, and service.

 

Degrees

BS in Chemical Engineering, University of North Dakota, 1992
PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado, 1998


Myron Fanton

Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

Myron is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, and is a member of AFCCE and IEEE. Prior to joining the faculty of Benedictine College, Myron was Chief Engineer of Radio Frequency Technology, Electronics Research Inc., Chandler, Ind., and held several engineering positions within Andrew Corporation, Orland Park, Ill., He brings a wealth of experience as a career engineer to Benedictine College’s team. Myron and his family reside in Atchison, Kansas.

 

Degrees

BS in Engineering, Le Tourneau University, 1995
MS in Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2005


Dr. Patrick O’Malley
Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

Dr. O’Malley earned his doctorate in 2012 from the Catholic University of America. He specialized in laser Doppler vibrometry- a technique for making vibration measurements using a laser beam. He has published his research in peer-reviewed journals and presented work at numerous conferences. He participated in research at Catholic University developing an acoustic imaging system for detection of roadside explosives, an apparatus for detecting buried landmines based on their vibration signature, and characterization of a Caribbean seelpan vibration pattern.

 

During his time in Washington, O’Malley also worked for a contractor at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center where he was on the analysis team for Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 instrument and UVIS instrument. Other projects at NASA included analysis of the ICES at failure and development of robotic satellite servicing capability.

 

Degrees
BME in Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 2006
MME in Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 2007

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 2012


Steve Spencer
Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

After graduating in 1985, Mr. Spencer worked as a preliminary design engineer for Allied-Systems Aerospace (now part of Honeywell). In 1989, he began thermal engineering work for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. In 1999, Steve became the lead mechanical systems engineer on several commercial communication satellites at Lockheed-Martin. In 2001, Steve became a lead satellite systems engineer for Spectrum Astro (now part of General Dynamics).

 

In 2004, Steve returned to Kansas to help care for his family and started Quiet Canoes, helping others build and pilot canoes- making him an expert on space-age and wilderness technology.

 

Degrees

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University, 1980
MS in Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University, 1985


Dr. Scott Newbolds

Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

After graduating from Purdue University in 1995, Dr. Newbolds started his career in construction as a Project Engineer for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).  He returned to Purdue for graduate school in 1998 and subsequently took a position in the INDOT Research and Development office.   While completing his graduate degrees, Dr. Newbolds conducted and oversaw research projects for INDOT in the areas of highway structures, materials, and construction.  Prior to coming to Benedictine in 2012, he served two years as the Director of Site Operations for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) at Purdue University; a network of 14 university-based earthquake and tsunami research laboratories sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Newbolds is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana.

 

Degrees

BS in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1995

MSCE in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2000

PhD in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2007


Charles Sprouse

Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

Professor Sprouse received a Physics degree from Benedictine College in 2007, before moving to study engineering at the University of Kansas. Following a bachelor’s degree in 2009, he entered graduate school and is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Through his graduate career, Professor Sprouse has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at academic conferences. His research areas include diesel particulate filters, organic Rankine cycles, waste heat recovery, and adaptive information displays to limit driver distraction. After two years of teaching part-time at BC, he joined the department full-time in 2013. 

 

 

 

Degrees

BA in Physics, Benedictine College, 2007

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Kansas University, 2009

PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Kansas University


Sean Bauer

Lab Manager, Engineering

 

Sean Bauer is a 1986 graduate of Benedictine College, with a BA in Physics. Sean has been working in the Benedictine College Physics and Engineering Labs since 2009. He has over 25 years of experience working as an engineer for a small manufacturer of electronic instruments in Atchison, Kansas. 

 

Degrees

BA in Physics, Benedictine College, 1986

 

 

 


 

Dr. Darrin Muggli

Professor and Chair of the Department

 

Dr. Muggli graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota in 1992. Subsequently, he worked for two years as a Process Engineer for Koch Engineering Co. in Wichita, Kan. He entered graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he earned his doctorate in 1998, specializing in catalysis.

 

Dr. Muggli was a faculty member at the University of North Dakota from 1999-2009. During that time he was awarded over four million dollars in research funding, published 30 peer-reviewed articles, and has given numerous research presentations. He holds three patents, received a university-wide award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, was voted 2007 Professor of the Year in the School of Engineering, and received a 2009 award for excellence in teaching, research, and service.

 

Degrees

BS in Chemical Engineering, University of North Dakota, 1992
Ph. D in Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado, 1998

 


 

Myron Fanton

Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

Myron is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, and is a member of AFCCE and IEEE. Prior to joining the faculty of Benedictine College, Myron was Chief Engineer of Radio Frequency Technology, Electronics Research Inc., Chandler, Ind., and held several engineering positions within Andrew Corporation, Orland Park, Ill., He brings a wealth of experience as a career engineer to Benedictine College’s team. Myron and his family reside in Atchison, Kansas.

 

Degrees

BS in Engineering, Le Tourneau University, 1995
MS in Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2005

 


 

Dr. Patrick O’Malley

Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

Dr. O’Malley earned his doctorate in 2012 from the Catholic University of America. He specialized in laser Doppler vibrometry- a technique for making vibration measurements using a laser beam. He has published his research in peer-reviewed journals and presented work at numerous conferences. He participated in research at Catholic University developing an acoustic imaging system for detection of roadside explosives, an apparatus for detecting buried landmines based on their vibration signature, and characterization of a Caribbean seelpan vibration pattern.

 

During his time in Washington, O’Malley also worked for a contractor at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center where he was on the analysis team for Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 instrument and UVIS instrument. Other projects at NASA included analysis of the ICES at failure and development of robotic satellite servicing capability.

 

Degrees

BME in Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 2006

MME in Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 2007

Ph. D in Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 2012

 


 

Steve Spencer

Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

After graduating in 1985, Mr. Spencer worked as a preliminary design engineer for Allied-Systems Aerospace (now part of Honeywell). In 1989, he began thermal engineering work for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. In 1999, Steve became the lead mechanical systems engineer on several commercial communication satellites at Lockheed-Martin. In 2001, Steve became a lead satellite systems engineer for Spectrum Astro (now part of General Dynamics).

 

In 2004, Steve returned to Kansas to help care for his family and started Quiet Canoes, helping others build and pilot canoes- making him an expert on space-age and wilderness technology.

 

Degrees

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University, 1980

MS in Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University, 1985

 


 

Dr. Scott Newbolds

Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

After graduating from Purdue University in 1995, Dr. Newbolds started his career in construction as a Project Engineer for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).  He returned to Purdue for graduate school in 1998 and subsequently took a position in the INDOT Research and Development office.   While completing his graduate degrees, Dr. Newbolds conducted and oversaw research projects for INDOT in the areas of highway structures, materials, and construction.  Prior to coming to Benedictine in 2012, he served two years as the Director of Site Operations for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) at Purdue University; a network of 14 university-based earthquake and tsunami research laboratories sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Newbolds is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana.

 

Degrees

BS in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1995

MSCE in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2000

PhD in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2007

 


 

Dr. Charles Sprouse

Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

Dr. Sprouse received a Physics degree from Benedictine College in 2007, before moving to study engineering at the University of Kansas. Following a bachelor’s degree in 2009, he joined the doctoral program and earned his Ph.D. in 2016. During the course of his engineering studies, he worked for Latimer, Sommers, and Associates, P.A. Engineers and worked with several automotive/transportation research organizations. Through his graduate career, Dr. Sprouse published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at academic conferences. His research areas include diesel particulate filters, organic Rankine cycles, waste heat recovery, and adaptive information displays to limit driver distraction. After two years of teaching part-time at BC, he returned to his alma mater full-time, joining the engineering department in 2013.

 

Degrees

BA in Physics, Benedictine College, 2007

BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas, 2009

Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas, 2016

 


 

Dr. Scott Blonigen

Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

After earning his MS degree in chemical engineering, Scott did process development for Kraft Foods.  He returned to school and earned his doctorate degree, specializing in bioseparations, before resuming his industrial career. Scott has developed new processes and products for a number of consumer products companies including Nestlé, Scotts Miracle Gro, Mead Johnson Nutritionals and Hills Pet Nutrition.  While at the Battelle Memorial Institute, he developed new processes for clients in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Scott is a licensed professional engineer (Ohio) and a member of the Product Development Management Association.

 

Degrees

BS in Chemical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1986

MS in Chemical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1989

Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1994

 


 

Dr. Juan Araque

Assistant Professor, Engineering

 

Dr. Araque joined the Engineering faculty at Benedictine College in 2016. He is originally from Venezuela where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (2000) from the University of the Andes. After spending two years as a Research and Development engineer at PDVSA’s petroleum research center (INTEVEP), he entered graduate school at Rice University where he completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (2009). He later did post-doctoral work at Cornell University. His research work at Rice and Cornell encompassed both computational and theoretical modelling of DNA-, polymer- and zeolite-based nanomaterials. Dr. Araque then moved with his family to Peru to serve as missionaries among the poor in the Peruvian Andes where they helped with the evangelization and education of young children. Upon his return to the US, he worked as a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Iowa studying the relation between structural and dynamical properties of ionic liquids for photo- and electro-chemical applications. His current research interests center on using molecular simulations to elucidate the structure-property relationships of functional nanomaterials including ionic liquids, ionic organic plastic crystals, and block-copolymers. He is also interested in designing new forms of matter with tailored properties and functionalities for applications in clean energy systems and human health and welfare. Dr. Araque lives in Atchison with his wife Sofia and their five children.

 

Degrees

BS in Chemical Engineering, University of the Andes, 2000

Ph. D in Chemical Engineering, Rice University, 2009

 


 

Sean Bauer

Lab Manager, Engineering

 

Sean Bauer is a 1986 graduate of Benedictine College, with a BA in Physics. Sean has been working in the Benedictine College Physics and Engineering Labs since 2009. He has over 25 years of experience working as an engineer for a small manufacturer of electronic instruments in Atchison, Kansas.

 

Degrees

BA in Physics, Benedictine College, 1986