Meet the Faculty

Dr. Lawrence Wolf, P.E. - MS MFG Program Director & Professor


Dr. Lawrence J. Wolf is a professor of the Oregon Institute of Technology and a distinguished service professor of the Oregon University System. After experience in the army and the aircraft, petroleum, and chemical industries, he began his academic career in 1964 as the founding head of the MET program at the St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. More...

Ralph M. Cohen, P.E. - Adjunct Instructor

Ralph retired from Intel Corporation in May 2005, completing 20+ years. While at Intel he was engaged in facility design, construction, startup, supplier qualification and management, failure analysis, engineering team management, and recruiting. Design work focused on mechanical systems for wafer fabs, assembly-test plants, and data centers with specialties in bulk gas systems and energy conservation. He has worked closely with suppliers in the development and qualification of new products including numerous valves, a high pressure atomizing humidifier, air handlers, dampers, high purity tubing and an automatic fire sprinkler head.

Previous experience working for engineering design consultants and Texas Instruments totals some 28 years in semiconductor related fields.

Cohen graduated with a BS (1971) in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology with further studies in HVAC and welding. He holds Professional Engineering licenses in Pennsylvania and Oregon.

Since retiring from Intel, he established Ralph M Cohen Consultancy providing engineering services to clients primarily in thermal systems analysis and new product qualification. When not consulting, he can be found in his workshop or pursuing latent interests, including adjunct faculty at Oregon Institute of Technology teaching hydraulics and fluids.

Tom Wade, M.S.M.E. - Adjunct Instructor

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Mr. Wade has over 40 years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering, Design Engineering, and Materials Research. His design experience includes load cell instrumentation, water treatment equipment, manufacturing automation, and medical devices. His manufacturing background includes mechanical equipment, instrumentation, consumer products, electronic ceramics, industrial chemicals, and medical devices. That background includes hands-on experience with automation and robotics in machining, assembly, investment casting, and injection molding. He holds U.S. patents in water treatment and ground effect vehicles.

His materials research experience is in metal fatigue and ceramic materials; including high temperature test methods and statistical approaches to design with brittle materials. Mr. Wade is currently Manager of Process Engineering at Bioject, Inc., a manufacturer of needle-free injection devices. Other employment has been at Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute, Nalco Chemical, and ALCOA. He has taught Data Processing and Engineering classes at universities and community colleges since 1975.

Mr. Wade holds an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science from Northwestern University.

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